During the last two Thursday’s, students from Vaughn High School
came to the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market for a seminar led by
Drusilla Banks, Specialist in Nutrition and Food for the University of Illinois
Extension. Drusilla is housed at Wright College in a satellite office for

After a presentation on various types of apples and other fresh
foods from the Farmers Market, students enjoyed a continental breakfast at the
Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe and then received Farmers Market Dollars so they
could buy their own produce and flowers from the Market.










Drusilla welcomes the students from Mr. Snakenborg’s class to the Farmer’s Market.








The history of the University of Illinois Extension dates back to 1862 under the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln when the Morrill Act was passed. This law established the land grant system of universities to make higher education accessible to all people in the United States. Today the statement of purpose for Extension is to help people help themselves “through an educational process which uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs.”

We are grateful for the Extension’s expanded programs in the Chicago Metropolitan Area and to have Drusilla Banks presence at Wright







After the program, students get to shop at the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market. The students and Mr. Snakenborg sample the produce at Liz Madsen’s stand.






The University of Illinois Extension provided bags with information on both Wright College and the Extension. The bags were perfect for collecting purchasesf from the Market. Above the students are at the display by Nichols Farm.







The Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market would not be possible without the exceptional effort of Kathy Kirby, a Master Gardener and friend to Eli’s, who made each Thursday so special. Above the students and Kathy check out a table with crafts produced by Vaughn students.


Mr. Murray’s Culinary Arts Class from Vaughn visited us one week before for Drusilla’s program and to shop the Farmers Market.

Flowers from UrbanMeadows, a program of Thresholds, were very popular this summer.

Drusilla helps a student decide on which types of apples to purchase from Nichols Farms.