Aurora, IL - USDA Awards Nearly $100,000 To Aurora's Farmers Market

I Love Aurora's, IL  Farmers Markets!  

So happy to hear the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the award of $99,965 in grants to the City of Aurora's Farmers Market to provide access to fresh, healthy meats, breads, dairy and produce to low-income families and individuals and to boost the regional economy, especially in local agriculture.

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NEWS RELEASE
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
 
Contact:
Dale Hazlewood | Special Events Coordinator
dhazlewood@aurora-il.org | 630.256.3370
 
USDA AWARDS NEARLY $100,000
TO AURORA'S FARMERS MARKET
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the award of $99,965 in grants to the City of Aurora's Farmers Market to provide access to fresh, healthy meats, breads, dairy and produce to low-income families and individuals and to boost the regional economy, especially in local agriculture.

The 2015 Farmers Market Promotion Program grant to Aurora's Farmers Market was a part of $34.3 million in grants awarded to local and regional food systems throughout the country, in a nationwide effort to increase the consumption of locally produced food. The grants are aimed at getting local food into the hands of low-income shoppers, providing more opportunity for small-scale farmers and improving the health of all Americans. Nationally, the grants will support marketing projects for farmers markets and food hubs, as well as research to find solutions to improve local food marketing, transportation and distribution.

In Aurora, the grants will fund increased web presence for the Aurora Farmers Market. The grant will also fund videos that explain how to use Illinois LINK cards to access SNAP benefits at the market for those who already qualify for benefits.

"Visiting Aurora's Farmers Market is the best you can get when it comes to shopping local," said Aurora's Farmers Market Manager Dale Hazlewood. "When you shop our markets, you're not just supporting local family-owned businesses, you're feeding your own family great quality foods. That's a message we hope to spread as much as possible thanks to this USDA grant."

Thanks in part to past partnerships with the USDA, VNA Health Care, the Kane County Health Department and Chipotle, Aurora's Farmers Market has been aggressive in its efforts to make the market more accessible and affordable to low-income residents. In the past year alone in Aurora, the number of purchases made with Illinois LINK cards for fresh produce has doubled.

Aurora's Farmers Market is the oldest market in the state of Illinois, in continuous operation since 1912. In addition to fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables, the market includes locally produced meats, cheeses and baked products, handmade creations from local artisans, and a gathering space for live music, nonprofit organizations and community building. The market has three regular locations throughout the city in the summer and early fall, plus additional pop-up markets to reach shoppers right in their neighborhoods. 

ABOUT THE CITY OF AURORA
Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 200,456.  Aurora is known as the "City of Lights" because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights.  Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties.  Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships.  For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city's website at 

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