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Bensenville Farmers Market makes debut

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 10:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:50 p.m. CDT
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Bensenville Village President Frank Soto cuts a ribbon held by trustees Henry Wesseler (left) and Robert Jarecki (right) on June 11 for Bensenville's new farmers market.
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Izabella Kowalski (from left) of St. Charles talks June 11 with Bensenville Director of Community and Economic Development Scott Viger about the varieties of mushrooms she's selling at the village's new farmers market.
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Ana Wier (from left), 2, of Bensenville, gets a taste of vanilla gelato from her sister, Kari, 5, at Bensenville's new farmers market June 11.

BENSENVILLE – The sun peaked out from behind gray clouds June 11 for the Bensenville Farmers Market debut.

"It's been a dream of mine – because I grew up in Bensenville – to see a farm come here," said Victoria Benham, village planner and member of the Farmers Market Committee.

Benham and the committee began organizing the market at the end of 2013. The committee assembled 13 vendors, including three farmers, but members don't consider their work finished.

"We're hoping to grow it," said Mike Martella, Bensenville marketing and business development administrator.

Visitors were excited to see what the market's vendors had to offer. Olga Trevino of Bensenville thought the market was a nice addition to other activities in the village, as it is now part of the Wednesday night Music in the Park series.

"We wanted to check it out, and we come to Music in the Park every Wednesday," Trevino said.

Karen and Kevin Dexter stopped by after hearing about the market around town. Karen said she thought the market could be more convenient for many people because it starts in the late afternoon instead of the morning.

The timing also is advantageous for vendors like Carny Bros. Kettle Corn, which sold its tasty treats earlier that day at the nearby Elmhurst Farmers Market.

Martella said the village found residents were interested in the market through a community survey asking what they would like to see made available in town.

Gina Ceaser of Bensenville came to the market looking for fresh veggies. Her daughter Marla Sarris of Elmhurst joined her, eager to find organic food.

"I have a paleo blog, so I cook everything," Sarris said.

Izabella Kowalski of Pure Prairie Farm in St. Charles had her fingers crossed the rain would stay away after she'd spent most of the wet day outside farming, but she looked forward to talking with customers.

"Any opportunity to expose people to local food...is something we love to be a part of," Kowalski said.

The new market even caught the eyes of passersby. Jeff Palo of Chicago was in town for business when he saw the tents lined up and decided to stop by Pure Prairie Farm to buy some mushrooms.

"Nothing's better than organic fresh food," he said.

Sarris' sister Hannah Ceaser, on the other hand, was much less concerned with finding fresh produce. Instead she enjoyed a banana and Nutella crepe from Yada Yada crepes.

Benham walked through the market with her hands full of fresh vegetables and fruit, surveying the market she'd dreamed of bringing to her hometown.

Benham believes in the healthy aspect of the market, and Martella agreed.

"We want to promote a healthy lifestyle," he said.

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If you go

What: Bensenville Farmers Market

When: 3 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 17

Where: Railroad Avenue between Center Street and York Road

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