~I don’t know what I would do without Facebook. Not only can I keep with my friends and family, but it also tells me of these great events, such as the Farmers’ Market in downtown Aurora, IL this past weekend. This was my first market of the season, and it was awesome!
There were quite a few vendors there, which impressed me because in the past there aren’t too many when it’s the first week or two of a market opening season. I zig-zagged through the stalls taking in the sights, sounds, and smells, eventually starting my journey at Alice’s Corner. Alice’s Corner was one of few food vendors, specializing in Bolivian cuisine. I ordered 2 steak empanadas for $5 (what a steal!) and walked around the market some more while eating. The filling was delicious and the pastry was crispy and crunchy.
After finishing the empanadas I bought a headband from Quill Lane, which the owner Rachel Burton makes handmade totes, headbands, hair clips and other accessories (links to her Etsy shop and Instagram pages below).
The hightlight of my visit was learning about this new organization called Book Rescue Aurora, where founder Max Brusky prides himself on collecting used or unwanted books and getting them into new homes, which he started in February 2022. The modest selection included different fiction and non-fiction titles, and even some antiquitated tomes!
There were 3 books in particular that caught my eye (and that I later purchased): a hardcover copy of Grimm’s fairy tales, a volume containing the first 6 chapters on the Bhagavad-Gita (for my fellow yogis), and finally, what I’m most excited to read, is Gerold Frank’s telling of how The Boston Strangler terrorized the Boston area in the early 1960s. We chatted for quite a bit about our love of books and the books I purchased and wish I purchased haha.
As I was about to leave the market and make the trek to my car parked a few blocks away, I looked back at the book stand again and saw an Agatha Christie title jump out at me. It was as if I was pulled by some magnetic force the book was eminatting. It was Death on the Nile, a Hercule Poirot mystery. I immediately bought it. Not only because I love Agatha Christie, but Hercule Poirot in particular. Max recognized me from earlier and told me that someone actually just donated the book to the rescue, and because I had made a donation during my last visit, I got the book for free 🙂
I had a great time at the Aurora Farmers’ Market. The quaint atmosphere, friendly crowd and beautiful weather made the hour drive there totally worth it 🙂
**The Aurora Farmers’s Market is held on Saturdays from 8am-12pm June through October, located directy across from City Hall (65 Water Street)**
*Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/quillane
Book Rescue Aurora:
* Twitter: @BookRescue630
* Website: http://www.bookrescueaurora.org