By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Just in time for Winstock, the first ever Winsted Farmers Market will take place Saturday, June 8 from 7 a.m. to noon.
“The goal is to get people downtown,” said Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce Member Glenn Weibel.
The market will be on Winsted Avenue (between Holy Trinity’s church and school) every Saturday morning until fall.
“We’re expecting it to start small the first few weeks, and we’re hoping it’ll get larger as the season progresses,” Weibel said. “There are spots on the street for 20 to 25 vendors, and if it grows, we could also use the parking lot on the side of the school.”
Anyone who grows, bakes, or creates is encouraged to contact Weibel at (651) 270-0879 to participate as a vendor. The fee is $20 for the entire season, which amounts to about $1 per Saturday.
Vendors can sign up at any time, but the fee is not reduced later in the season.
Sweet corn, hand-sewn aprons, homemade horseradish, and fresh-cut flowers are a few examples of goods that could be for sale, according to Weibel. He stressed that it is not a flea market, and assembled/wholesale items are not allowed. Due to regulations, eggs and meat for human consumption are also prohibited.
Weibel said it would be great to have youth and/or adults perform live music during the market.
“Maybe the school has some guitar or banjo players,” he said, adding that volunteers could dress in country-inspired outfits, to fit with the farmers market theme.
Local organizations are also welcome to participate, either as vendors, or by hosting an activity for the community to enjoy in conjunction with the market.
This year’s market, which is being organized by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce, was made possible through a $1,000 grant from the McLeod County Department of Health.
After the market ends in the fall, Weibel plans to meet with vendors to hear their thoughts and input, in hopes of preparing for the 2014 season.