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Chef helps Farmers Market serve up delicacies

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The Aurora Farmers Market has been open for the past 98 years -- making it one of the longest-running farmers markets in the country.

Over the weekend, local chef Amaury Rosado tapped into the current trends to show just how easy it is to make wholesome food from what is grown right here.

The local farmers market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Aurora train station and is stocked each week with an array of locally grown vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats, cheeses, eggs and home-baked pastries.

Rosado, owner of the Epicurean Affair and 33 W. Trattoria in Aurora, said organic produce is all the rage right now. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, over the past decade the number of farmers markets in Illinois has tripled. Organic produce is healthier, and the fresh produce found at the farmers market makes great selections for your dinner table, Rosado said.

"The freshness comes out in the first bite," he said.

The chef's advice: "Use the freshest produce you can get, season it and don't overcook."

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