Farmers’ markets bring fresh produce to local shoppers

Are you hungry?

Locally grown tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, beans, corn, and peppers fill the stalls at farmers’ markets in September.

Jou Kong of Mama Veggies wears her gardening hat. Jou, who lives in St. Paul, raises vegetables at Maranatha Church. She sells produce in the lobby after each service on Sunday mornings, and with her son Moses and crew, also sells a buffet lunch made partly from garden produce. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Forest Lake, Hugo, Scandia, Wyoming, Lindstrom, and Chisago Lakes all offer outdoor produce markets one day each week.  An indoor market happens every Sunday at Maranatha Church.

Sweet corn is going for $5 or $6 per dozen ears.  One grower at the Chisago Lakes market, who said he has a hard time charging that much, sells for $5 and gives friendly people a bakers’ dozen.

Many items are sold in a tray without any indication of weight or volume, but judging from last week’s activity, buyers are happy.

The Hugo market is part of the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, and full members can pay one fee to work at all participating sites. Growers must sell only produce they grew themselves.

Fred Yerich of Frogtown Pottery sells his work at the Chisago City Farmers Market. Formerly of St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, Fred now lives in Forest Lake in the farmhouse that belonged to his wife Kathy’s grandparents. The studio is in the barn. Frogtown Pottery items can also be purchased at Forest Lake Floral. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

At Wyoming, this year there is no vendor fee.  Scandia charges $45 for the season or $15 for a single night.

In return for their fees and time, growers get to bring home some cash in exchange for their hard work.

And eaters get to dine on fresh, locally grown, and often pesticide-free real food.

To help produce buyers figure out what to do with unfamiliar vegetables, the folks at Maranatha Assembly of God Church serve a buffet lunch using organic produce from the garden on church grounds.

People asked, “How do we eat eggplant?  What do we do?” explained Maranatha’s Daniel Witte.  So for the past 11 weeks, eggplant, peppers, cabbages and other vegetables have appeared on the menu.  Last Sunday rice with stir-fried vegetables, chicken strips, steamed beets and tiny potatoes were served. Next Sunday, eggrolls are on the menu.

Low-income parents can get more fresh vegetables in their kids’ diets by shopping at the Chisago City market at Moberg Park. The first $5 of EBT payment is matched, in effect doubling the amount of fresh produce bought.

Farmers’ markets end in September or October.  See the Local Farmers’ Markets chart below for details.

Local Farmers’ Markets


 

Chisago City Farmers’ Market

Moberg Park

10656 Railroad Ave. in Chisago City on US-8

Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m.

Late May through October

651-257-3416, 612-381-7770

chisagocityfarmersmarket.org

Accepts EBT, credit & debit cards.

 

Forest Lake Farmers’ Market

Lakeside Park, east of the Broadway/Lake Street intersection

Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

June 12 through Sept. 25

651-209-9723 or 651-464-3550

parkboard@ci.forest-lake.mn.us,
www.forestlakeparks.net

During the summer, concerts provided through Arts in the Park

 

Hugo Farmers’ Market

Church of St. John the Baptist,
at intersection of Hwy 61 & Cty Rd 14

Thursdays from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

June 14 through Oct. 25

651-227-8101

www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com

 

Lindstrom Farmers’ Market

St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church

13060 Lake Blvd. in Lindstrom on US-8

Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon,
Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

July 7 through October 27

651-257-5079

dickens501@frontiernet.net,
www.sunrisenativeplants.com

 

Maranatha Assembly of God Farmers’ Market

24799 Forest Blvd. in Forest Lake

Indoors, in the church lobby

Sundays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Through September 30

651-464-3131

info@realchurch.org

Public welcome to buy produce and
buffet lunch

 

Scandia Community Market

Gammelgarden Museum,
20880 Olinda Trail N.

Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. 

June 13 through Sept. 26

Family activities provided by
Gammelgarden Museum

651-271-8999 or 651- 433-2274

www.ci.scandia.mn.us

 

Wyoming Farmers’ Market

Grace Church, 26680 Faxton Avenue

Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.

June through October

763-670-6706 or 612-308-4710

martypagano@gmail.com

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