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Aurora farmers' market to open June 11 for fourth season

By Mike Lesko | Aurora Advocate Published: June 7, 2014 4:00 AM

The Aurora Farmers' Market will open for its fourth season behind the Church in Aurora, its main sponsor, on June 11.

The market is open each Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 27 in the parking lot to the west side of the church on West Pioneer Trail.

"I'm continually stopped by Aurora citizens and asked when the market will open," said Jack Burge, the city's economic development director, who oversees the market. "The market has become a popular Wednesday afternoon summer social scene for our residents, in addition to offering a shopping experience for a wide variety of healthy foods and services."

The market will feature farm-fresh, locally produced fruit, vegetables, honey, cheese, bread and meat. Many items are organic, and all items emphasize health and wholeness, church officials said.

The market is operated by Red Rock Farmers Market LLC, which is owned by Matt Johnson. There will be 25 to 30 vendors on hand each week.

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"The first three years of operation taught us that the size of our market dictates that this is an appropriate number of vendors to support traffic and provide proper variety," Burge said.

There will be children's activities, including face painting, balloon sculpting and storytime readings in conjunction with Aurora Memorial Library.

There also will be live music provided by the students from the Aurora School of Music.

Burge said most of the popular vendors are returning this year, including Birdsong Farms organic certified produce, Burton Floral & Garden, Trigo's Artisan Breads, Ohio City Pasta, Gaelic Imports, Greyhouse Pies, Aurora Springs Honey, Ohio Direct Cheese and, Millers Olde Tyme Kettle Corn, which Burge said is a favorite for customers of all ages.

Local vendors added this year include Full Plate Farm (produce), Olive My Heart (olive oil and vinegar) and Lucky Penny Farms (goat cheese).

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For more details, visit www.redrockfarmersmarket.com.

Burge said he is enthused about a new partnership with University Hospitals and Ahuja Medical Center.

He said plans are in the works for six events, including blood pressure screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, balance screening, and -- in concert with the recent addition of Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital at Ahuja -- a free child car seat safety inspection bytechnicians from Rainbow and the Aurora Fire Department.

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anonymous Jun 8, 2014 1:48 PM

Most of the produce bourght at these so called "Farmer's Market" are not grown locally and cost more that at the super market.