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Farmers Market Vendor Story: Artisan Soaps and Gourmet Dips

Now in its second season, the Naperville Park District’s 95th Street Farmers Market offers home-grown and locally produced food and other products. The Market is open on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and will continue through September 26, 2019. 

In this blog post, we highlight two vendors that bring excellent, hand-made products made with pure and healthy ingredients. 

New to the Farmers Market in 2019 is Emmy and J Gourmet, offering a variety of gourmet dip mixes and Kentucky bourbon roasted nuts. Shoppers get to taste all of the dips with a small cup of slim pretzel sticks for dipping. Not only are the dips delicious, but the veggie dip mixes can be used to make salad dressing, sandwich spreads or flavor a cheese ball, and the dessert dip mixes can be used to make no-bake cheesecake or as a bagel spread.
Ling, from Emmy and J, talks with customers at the Farmers Market on 8-22-19
Customers are given a cup of pretzel sticks for tasting
Emmy and J also feature roasted nuts soaked in Kentucky bourbon, infused with organic ingredients and roasted in organic coconut oil.  

Emmy and J is a family business based in the Tampa Bay area in Florida in the fall, winter and spring months. They sell their products in markets there and also online. During the summer, they stay in the Chicago area and visit 7 or 8 different farmers markets each week. Stop by and taste the nuts and dips!  

Also new to the Market this year is Mion Artisan Soap, a family-owned business located in Addison, Illinois. 
Mion travels to four different farmers markets each week and offers an online catalog of all of their products. In addition to beautiful soaps, they sell a variety of skin care products that are hand made in small batches with organic ingredients including essential oils, butters and herbs. They have expanded their product line over the past four years to include home cleaning products, candles, pet products and bath accessories, all made with natural ingredients.
Mion had its beginning when one of the owners, Olga, developed her own skin care products to treat her eczema after she found that other recommended treatments failed to help. She continued to research and experiment with making her own products and then expanded to treating other conditions such as acne, wrinkles and stretch marks. 

Look for Mion’s attractive display of soaps and creams the next time you visit the Farmers Market. They are happy to 
answer questions and explain the benefits of their products. 

Coming next: the 95th Street Farmers Market features your favorite fall treats!


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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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