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NIU nutrition students to join in celebration of Aurora’s Farmers Market’s 100th anniversary

July 26, 2012

Aurora’s Farmers Market logoAurora’s Farmers Market is celebrating 100 years of providing fresh, locally grown produce, and NIU nutrition students are joining in the festivities.

Events begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, when the market opens at 350 N. River St. at Wilder Promenade. The Gipsy Trio will play circa-1912 jazz at 9:30 a.m.

Mayor Tom Weisner will be on hand for centennial celebration and ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary, locally grown grilled sweet corn and heirloom tomato salsa. NIU’s nutrition booth will provide Agua de Fruita Fresca.

For a second summer, students from NIU’s School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences will be cooking and showing customers the simplicity of eating healthy.

NIU graduate students Jessica Harris and Megan Laurent, who are studying nutrition and dietetics, make healthy summer treats last year for customers of a farmer’s market in Aurora.

NIU graduate students Jessica Harris and Megan Laurent, who are studying nutrition and dietetics, make healthy summer treats last year for customers of a farmer’s market in Aurora.

The students, enrolled in the College of Health and Human Sciences, will feature fruits and vegetables from produce being sold by the market vendors. They also prepare dishes to demonstrate that healthy recipes can be just as easy to prepare as being served from a drive-through window of a fast-food restaurant.

With the help of the six undergraduate and graduate students and a $5,000 grant from the Kane County FFK Funders’ Consortium, vegetables are transformed from unfamiliar to attractive.

Aurora’s first “Municipal Market” opened on River Street with such success that the tradition continues to this day.

Farmers came from throughout Kane and DuPage counties to sell eggs, chickens, apples, potatoes, parsnips, turnips, beets and carrots. Potatoes sold out at $1.25 a bushel and eggs at 22 cents a dozen.

Maple Park’s Wiltse & Theis continue the family legacy as vendors.

To RSVP by Monday, Aug. 6, for the 100th anniversary celebration, or for more information, call (630) 256-3370.