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Farmers Market Vendor Story: Artisan Soaps and Gourmet Dips

Now in its second season, the Naperville Park District’s 95th Street Farmers Market offers home-grown and locally produced food and other products. The Market is open on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and will continue through September 26, 2019. 

In this blog post, we highlight two vendors that bring excellent, hand-made products made with pure and healthy ingredients. 

New to the Farmers Market in 2019 is Emmy and J Gourmet, offering a variety of gourmet dip mixes and Kentucky bourbon roasted nuts. Shoppers get to taste all of the dips with a small cup of slim pretzel sticks for dipping. Not only are the dips delicious, but the veggie dip mixes can be used to make salad dressing, sandwich spreads or flavor a cheese ball, and the dessert dip mixes can be used to make no-bake cheesecake or as a bagel spread.
Ling, from Emmy and J, talks with customers at the Farmers Market on 8-22-19
Customers are given a cup of pretzel sticks for tasting
Emmy and J also feature roasted nuts soaked in Kentucky bourbon, infused with organic ingredients and roasted in organic coconut oil.  

Emmy and J is a family business based in the Tampa Bay area in Florida in the fall, winter and spring months. They sell their products in markets there and also online. During the summer, they stay in the Chicago area and visit 7 or 8 different farmers markets each week. Stop by and taste the nuts and dips!  

Also new to the Market this year is Mion Artisan Soap, a family-owned business located in Addison, Illinois. 
Mion travels to four different farmers markets each week and offers an online catalog of all of their products. In addition to beautiful soaps, they sell a variety of skin care products that are hand made in small batches with organic ingredients including essential oils, butters and herbs. They have expanded their product line over the past four years to include home cleaning products, candles, pet products and bath accessories, all made with natural ingredients.
Mion had its beginning when one of the owners, Olga, developed her own skin care products to treat her eczema after she found that other recommended treatments failed to help. She continued to research and experiment with making her own products and then expanded to treating other conditions such as acne, wrinkles and stretch marks. 

Look for Mion’s attractive display of soaps and creams the next time you visit the Farmers Market. They are happy to 
answer questions and explain the benefits of their products. 

Coming next: the 95th Street Farmers Market features your favorite fall treats!


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