The century mark

By on August 18, 2012

Photo: Marie Wiltse from Maple Park accepts a gift basket and proclamation from Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner at Aurora Farmer’s Market 100th anniversary ceremonies on Saturday. Maple Park’s Theis Farm was also honored as a longtime participant in the Aurora market, the oldest farmer’s market in Illinois.
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Maple Park—Neighboring Maple Park farms were honored as longtime Aurora Farmer’s Market vendors at a program celebrating the market’s 100th anniversary on Saturday.

Recognized as centennial farms were Theis Farm II and Wiltse’s farm. Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner presented gift baskets and copies of proclamations to members of both farm families.

Dee Basile, market master and city special events coordinator, presided at the event at 350 N. River St. in Aurora.

Joining Weisner and Basile as guest speakers were John Jaros, executive director, Aurora Historical Society; Ryan Klassy, information director, Kane County Farm Bureau; and Laura Sova, senior policy advisor, Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Aurora’s Farmer’s Market is believed to be the oldest in Illinois. Locations are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Spring Lake Park, 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at West Plaza Shopping Center, and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays in downtown Aurora.