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Cicero cancels farmers market

Jill Zoll from the Cicero Senior Center shops for fresh produce at the newly opened Cicero Farmers Market at Drivers Village. The market held its grand opening Tuesday, June 5.

Jill Zoll from the Cicero Senior Center shops for fresh produce at the newly opened Cicero Farmers Market at Drivers Village. The market held its grand opening Tuesday, June 5.

— “I can say the decision to change the time was reached by the Farmer’s Market Governing Board based on 2012 customer and vendor feedback,” she said. “We made nearly all decisions for the market based on what we heard from the community.”

Given the lack of interested vendors, Raddell said the market would likely not return in the 2014 season.

On the plus side, it appears the 2012 market was a success,

“The announcement was made on our Facebook page last week, and the silver lining is that there seem to be a lot of people that were upset about the market cancellation,” Raddell said. “That tells me that for more than a few people in and around Cicero, the 2012 market was a worthwhile experience.”

And locals won’t have to look far to get their local produce.

“Thankfully for our community, we still have access to locally-grown fruits, vegetables and other crops,” Raddell said. “There are Cicero farms that offer small stands, pick-your-own fields and even small markets.”

While she’s disappointed that the market won’t return, Raddell said she’s happy with the one season the market had.

“I stand by everything we did and I’m proud of the Cicero Farmers’ Market, despite how short-lived it was.”

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