Are you hungry?
Locally grown tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, beans, corn, and peppers fill the stalls at farmers’ markets in September.
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.
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
10656 Railroad Ave. in Chisago City on US-8
Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m.
Late May through October
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
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
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
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
Public welcome to buy produce and
Scandia Community Market
20880 Olinda Trail N.
Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m.
June 13 through Sept. 26
Family activities provided by
651-271-8999 or 651- 433-2274
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