We’re all about local at Minnesota Grown. This month, we’re celebrating one of our favorite ways to shop lots of Minnesota Grown members in one stop: farmers’ markets!
June is opening month for many summer farmers’ markets. Strawberries bloom and ripen, fresh flowers and herbs abound, and products like jams and jellies, honey, meat, and eggs are available and easy to find.
Sara George, market manager of the Wabasha Farmer’s Market, is excited to kick off another season with a large variety of local produce.
“In June it’s so fun to see asparagus and taste the radishes and the fresh spring mix lettuces… and strawberries are coming!” said George. “If I had to choose my favorite vegetable it would be really, really hard because it’s what’s in season. Spinach right now is incredible!”
George is also a vendor at the Wabasha Farmers’ Market and is currently vice president of the board of the Minnesota Famers’ Market Association. George credits community support of the Wabasha Farmers’ Market with its success and says that because of their loyal customers, the market has been able to open on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
“Our locals are really loyal and we’re so thankful to have a fabulous farmers’ market in Wabasha,” said George. “We want to reach the crowds that are able to come after work, and a lot of people want to do their weekend shopping on Saturday mornings. We want to have fresh produce available whenever they come.”
Farmers’ markets are not a new idea. In fact, St. Paul had a regularly scheduled farmers’ market as early as 1852, according to their website.
The recent boom in number of farmers’ markets makes shopping local more convenient than ever. The Minnesota Grown Directory lists more than 180 farmers’ markets selling locally grown and made products directly to consumers.
“The growing number of Minnesota farmers’ markets is exciting for customers,” said Karen Lanthier, Minnesota Grown Member Services Coordinator. “We have member markets in every area of the state, so people can find markets nearby where they live and work. We’ve also seen more weeknight and weekend markets, which can give busy families more times to buy directly from local farmers.”
Shopping at farmers’ markets is a great way to make sure produce is fresh, in-season, and tasty. For many families, it’s also a fun way to purchase healthy foods together.
“Each and every farmers’ market is made of something special,” said George. “Get out and try local, because the flavor of local is so different from the flavor of grocery stores.”
Whatever your reasons for shopping local, Minnesota Grown can help you find a farmers’ market in your area. Check the Minnesota Grown Directory for the dates and times of a farmers’ market near you and look for the Minnesota Grown logo to find local foods, fibers, jams and jellies, gifts, and home décor. Thanks to Sara George and the Wabasha Farmer’s Market!