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  • Colin Mclain

Local Farmer's Markets Opening Up

If you're looking for farm-fresh locally-grown produce to liven up your meals, the wait is almost over. Area farmer's markets are opening up this month and as the summer progresses, you'll be able to gradually supplement your meals with healthy, and not to mention delicious, fruit, veg, and meats from area producers. But, where can you go? Where are these awesome markets?

Firstly, the great work at Minnesota Grown must be seen. If you're looking for a local farmer's market, a place to buy into a CSA program, or even a way to buy meat directly from producers, MN Grown is the place to search if you live in Minnesota.

With nearly 200 markets listed in Minnesota, the search could be difficult. However, we've done a little bit of the leg work for you and selected some of the local markets in the area. Give them a look, stop by and visit your neighbors, and be sure to support as you can, all through the summer.

  • When: Opens Friday, May 28 and will be open every Friday through Sept, 24

  • Time: 2:30pm-5:30pm

  • Where: Pine River Chamber of Commerce site, right along the Paul Bunyan Trail

Jenna from the PRMS board states, "Our 2020 relocation to the PR Welcome Center, visible from Hwy 371, brought new vendors and visitors. We are excited to see that trend continue in 2021. After the long winter, we are all looking forward to seeing familiar faces, as well as new ones!"

  • When: Opens Saturday, May 15 and will be open every Saturday through Sept 25, weather permitting.

  • Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

  • Where: Meet at the Ideal Green Market right next to the Old Milwaukee Club in Ideal Corners.

This will be the sixth year of the Ideal Outdoors Farmers Market. They will offer produce, meats, soaps, oils, highlight the commitment to the wonderful foods and hand made goods produced by local local farmers, ranchers, and producers.

  • When: Opens Tuesday, May 11 and will be open every Tuesday through mid October

  • Time: 8:00am-12:30pm

  • Where: Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd

  • When: Opens Friday, May 7 and will be open every Friday through mid October

  • Time: 8:00am-12:30pm

  • Where: Westport Shopping Center, Baxter

Dawn Ykema from Sugar Hill Enterprises said, "Our opening day is May 7th! Since the Harely-Davidson dealership has changed owners, the Baxter market on Fridays, will move just east down Highway 210 (Washington St.) to the Westport Shopping Center."

Sugar Hill Enterprises attends the markets in Baxter, Isle, and also has an online shop. They produce maple syrup, honey (collected from their own beehives), artisan crafted soaps, kitchen items, and hand-dyed yarn.

  • When: Opens Thursday, May 6 and will be open every Thursday through mid October

  • Time: 8:00am-12:30pm

  • Where: American Legion Parking Lot, Nisswa

  • When: Opens Saturday, May 29 and will be open every Saturday through mid fall.

  • Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

  • Where: Main Street Plaza, Crosby


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