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95th Street Farmers Market Vendor Story: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

The Naperville Park District’s 95th Street Farmers Market continues on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. through September 26.  After a successful first season, we welcome both returning and new vendors to expand the variety of home-grown and locally produced food and other items.

A new vendor for 2019 is Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, bringing delicious homemade fudge that they make on a granite slab. Owner Heather Mansholt will be selling their fudge and other treats at the 95th Street Farmers Market in July and September. 
Heather, her son, Justin and Truffles the Bear

During the month of July, Heather invites Farmers Market customers to join in their annual initiative, Sweets for Service, to support our military troops overseas and first responders at home. This includes not only fudge for military service men and women but also chocolate bones for service dogs. For each half pound of fudge purchased at the Market, Rocky Mountain will give a half pound of fudge to the troops. Last year they donated 200 lbs. Other stores in the Rocky Mountain franchise participated as well, donating a national total of 20,000 lbs. in 2018. 
In September, they will make the fudge to be donated and will bring it to Operation Support Our Troops in Lisle, where they will stuff stockings that will be received by overseas service men and women in November. Heather explained that fudge can keep and travel well, so it’s the best treat to send overseas.

Donors can write a message to a service man or woman on one of these postcards, to be received along with the fudge.

When they return to the 95th Street Farmers Market in September, Rocky Mountain will feature a huge variety of caramel apples. 

Heather is excited to be part of the Farmers Market this year and clearly enjoys making and marketing her store’s chocolate candies. She explained that she joined the franchise 13 years ago: “I love the product; it’s a fun business and a good environment in which to raise a family, with no late evening hours.” The store is located at 2835 Showplace Drive in Naperville, where you can shop year round.  They offer 125 varieties of chocolate treats, including clusters, peanut butter cups, truffles and fudge.
Toys and other treats for sale at the Rocky Mountain tent at the 95th Street Farmers Market

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