Farm Horizons, May 2009

Shop locally at area farmers’ markets

By Jen Bakken
Staff Writer

There are many area farmers’ markets worth visiting this summer. One can purchase items and even ask the vendors questions about how their products are grown.

“Shopping locally is so important,” said Deb Hoen, from the Delano and Excelsior farmers’ markets. “Promoting local businesses and products is important. You also know where things are coming from and find out how things are raised or grown.”

For 15 years, Hoen has managed the Excelsior Farmers’ Market, which is open on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m., May through October. The community has made this farmers’ market a big deal, according to Hoen. Located on Main Street, there are sales, promotions from local businesses, and more than 30 vendors.

“It’s a fun day to be in Excelsior,” she said. “There’s everything from gourmet cheese to lamb, kettle corn, and so much more.”

Hoen also manages the Delano Farmers’ Market, conducted in the Flippin Bill’s parking lot off Highway 12, Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., May through October. This market offers seasonal fresh produce, fruits, plants, flowers, homemade jams, fresh eggs, maple syrup, great harvest breads, beef products, homemade salsa and barbecue sauce, along with roses and rose bushes.

“Last year was tough with all the road construction,” she said. “I’m hoping the market will take off for us and continue to grow.”

Area farmers’ markets

Buffalo – Located one block east of Highway 25 on First St. NE., this market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon May through October. From asparagus to zucchini, this nice- sized market offers products produced or grown within a 25-mile radius.

Cokato – Located in the Lake Region Co-op west parking lot, this market is open Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. May through October. The market has vegetables, plants, crafts, honey, baked goods, goat cheese, milk, and more to offer local shoppers.

Delano – Located in Flippin’ Bill’s parking lot off Highway 12, this market is open Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m., May through October. From plants, produce, and beef to homemade jams, this market will continue to grow.

Excelsior – Located downtown one block off US Hwy 7, this market is open Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m., May through October. This large market offers homemade soups, baked goods, plants, beef, honey products, and much more.

Glencoe – Located adjacent to the McLeod County Courthouse at 1107 11th St., this market is open Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m., June through October. The market offers fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more.

Hutchinson – In a new location this year, at the corner of Adams Street and Washington Avenue in the VFW parking lot, this market is open Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., June through October. With vegetables, fruits, honey, and preserves, this market has a lot to offer customers shopping locally.

Maple Plain – Located adjacent to city hall, this market is open Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m., July through September. Stop by to purchase organic flowers, spa products, flowers, cider, and much more.

Watertown – Located in the Market Place/True Value parking lot along Lewis Avenue, this market is open Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. during the summer months. It offers fresh produce, crafts, food booths, demonstrations, and other activities.

Winsted – Located at the old creamery building on the corner of Second Street and McLeod Avenue, this market offers items from local apple orchards, jams and jellies, fruits, vegetables, seedlings, breads and baked goods, pumpkins, and more.

To locate other farmers’ markets in the area, contact your local city hall or chamber of commerce.

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