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National magazine honors city’s farmers’ market and sustainability initiatives

TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 4, 2011) — Elgin, Ill., has earned a spot on Mother Earth News’ fifth annual “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list. Mother Earth News, the leading magazine dedicated to sustainable living, features six communities in its February-March issue, on sale Jan. 25.

Only an hour outside of Chicago, this town of 94,487 boasts a large farmers’ market, with vendors and growers from a 150-mile radius. Additional aspects of the Elgin farmers’ market include live entertainment, public art exhibits, food and wine tastings, and wellness and green demonstrations.

The city also has an aggressive sustainability agenda. Elgin has adopted a master plan that covers air, water, energy use and more, and the city’s commitment to curbside recycling efforts surpasses that of other communities.

“Elgin shows how a town of any size can transform from an industrial past to a green future through a commitment to sustainability,” says Alison Rogers, assistant editor for the magazine. “Mother Earth News focuses on cool things you can do to live wisely and create community, and we think our readers will identify with a place like Elgin.”

The annual Great Places list serves as a fun way to recognize cities and towns that demonstrate positive civic energy, invest in the local economy and develop meaningful initiatives for the environment.

Other cities making this year’s list are Huntsville, Ala.; Louisville, Ky.; Carrboro, N.C.; Fredericksburg, Texas; and Floyd, Va.

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Mother Earth News ( is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Launched in 1970, each bimonthly issue of Mother Earth News features practical and money-saving information on organic gardening; do-it-yourself projects; cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; green home building and remodeling; rural living; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles.

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