It’s Farmer’s Market Season in Minnesota

Hurray!  The Farmer’s Market is back for the season.  This is an enjoyable addition to my Saturday morning shopping trip.  I’ve gotten my shopping bike back out, and it’s great to get back into the seasonal ritual of  perusing the market and socializing with friends and neighbors.  The Farmer’s Market in Winona, MN, starts on the first Saturday in May and runs through October.  It’s a reminder that spring really is here, and summer IS coming soon, even if we still need the woolies for the first few weekend mornings.  For me, it’s a reminder that it’s (almost) safe to plant things outside, and time for me to pick out my seedlings.

Unfortunately, I lost my piece of paper with my notes at my next errand stop, so I am sure I will get some names wrong.  I’ve omitted ones I’m sure I can’t remember to avoid embarrassment. I hope to correct this next week.  My apologies to the vendors.

John S, manning the booth

John S, manning the booth

Here is John, the youngest son of Mrs. S, who has been a vendor for many years at the Winona Farmer’s Market.  They farm south of Winona, close to the Iowa border.  Best sellers at this booth are the pies and canned goods.

This woman is Lucille Feyen,  from across the river in Wisconsin , I think, and has been a vendor here at this market for at least seven years.  I purchased two kinds of basil plants from her, and was reminded not to plant them outside this week unless I want to come back and buy more next week.   All this, and a sense of humor, too.

These ladies are from Whitewater Gardens, and are where I usually buy my tomato plants.  They have a wide variety, and have been vending at this market for 14 years.  This year I bought  Sun Gold, Anna Russian, Paul Robeson, Cuor Di Bue, and a red Brandywine.

This is Linda Sue, I think.  She’s a nearby vendor with chia topiaries and little cacti.  She’s a new vendor to this market, and she said she’s providing plants that survive in houses with cats, and things which complement the other vendors in the market.  An excellent strategy as a new vendor, I think.  I’m sorry I didn’t take a closeup of her cute little cacti.

This is Laurie Timm, from Fairview Farm in Altura, MN (from their brochure, which didn’t get lost). She’s also been a vendor here for many years.   I purchased a Boston lettuce and two rosemary plants from her.  She was also very fortunate to be on the sunny side of the site.

This is not an exhaustive list of the vendors, and I hope to show more of the market as the season goes on.  I just figured I’d start with a few who had time to speak with me.

I hope you have a similar Farmer’s Market where you are.  It’s great to know the people who grow your food, and farmer’s markets are great for you (low cost, great ingredients), the farmers (no middlemen), and, as it turns out, our food security, according not just to “locavore elites”, but also folks at the USDA and other state governments.

I’ve also found it’s a great place to catch up with friends I don’t see regularly.

If you don’t know of a Farmer’s Market near you, LocalHarvest is a great resource.

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