Kirk Lange has been selling his produce at the Naperville Farmers Market since he was 16 years old. He prides himself on its freshness.
“This stuff was picked yesterday morning, we couldn’t pick it today simply because I’m on the road by four in the morning to get here,” explained Lange. “It was picked yesterday, packaged, put in our cooler, so we get it as fresh as we can. It’s probably five days fresher than anything you’re going to find in the store.”
And he isn’t alone, more than two-dozen other vendors lined the parking lot of 5th Avenue Station this morning to kick off the season by selling a wide variety of items, from traditional produce and flowers, to honey and kettle corn popped right before customer’s eyes.
25 years ago Naperville resident Jane Sindt, founded the Farmer’s Market as a way to help local growers reach customers. Even after her passing in 1996, the market is still operated with her vision in mind.
“We’ve always had to stick with her guidelines that she’s put out there,” said Property Manager for 5th Avenue Station, Kathy Mortensen. “There are other vendors she’s pulled in, in order to keep the market rounded. We have shrimp and seafood that comes in from Texas a couple times a month. We’ve got it rounded from where she started it and then we stay dedicated to her wishes.”
Wishes to create lasting relationships between the farmers and their customers. And for customers to be connected a collection of merchants.
“Oh my gosh we found so much stuff,” said Tanida Birkhold a first-time shopper at the market. “Honey, salmon burgers, its such a variety. We were amazed.”
The Market will be open every Saturday from now through October from 7 am to noon.
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