Plant Sale and Farmers Market Preview May 17 in Aurora
The City is teaming up with the Fox Valley Garden Club to offer a sneak peek of the 2014 Aurora’s Farmers Market during the Garden Club’s plant sale on May 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway Ave. (Rt. 25).
The event will introduce the faces of the market’s local producers and allow patrons the opportunity to meet local farmers, growers, and purveyors. Plus, visitors will have the first chance at all the early spring produce fresh from the farm including asparagus, rhubarb, lettuces and more. They will also learn about the new additions, changes and upcoming special events planned for the 2014 season at Illinois’ Oldest Market so that the community can continue to ‘eat fresh, buy local, and be well’.
At the same time, the Fox Valley Garden Club’s annual “Gardeners’ Plant Sale” will offer an endless variety of annuals, perennials, vegetable plants and much more. The event also marks “Tomato Day” in Aurora. The first 1000 kids will receive a free cherry tomato plant to take home and nurture. In addition, Mike Nowak, master gardener, writer, award-winning columnist and host of WCPT radio’s The Mike Nowak Show, Chicago’s only green living, gardening and environment program; will share his wealth of gardening knowledge and offer tips and ideas to a healthier and “greener” lifestyle.
Aurora’s Farmers Market also continues to seek Aurora area youth and non-profit organizations to participate at all of the Farmers Market locations this summer.
Through the market’s Young Entrepreneur’s Program, youngsters will have the opportunity to sell handcrafts, homegrown fruits and vegetables, and other products they produce. They will not only earn money for their products, but will also learn valuable social and business skills, including marketing, merchandising, and networking in a fun and interactive environment.
To participate in the Aurora’s Farmers Market Young Entrepreneurs Program, youth must be 15 years of age or younger and able to work the booth, count money, and perform other essential duties; be accompanied by an adult at all times; all products offered for sale must be grown or produced by the participant(s); and they must follow all market rules and any applicable Health Department regulations. Participation is limited to up to 4 days per location.