The Farmers Market season is near the corner and market managers say a growing number of retailers hope to meet local demand despite the impact of the region’s drought.
The Minot Farmers Market, located in Oak Park, delayed its opening slightly on July 13 to accommodate vendors who want to give their plants a little extra time due to the drought, said Ann Olson, sales coordinator. and vendors. She said growers are spending more time on irrigation or modifying their irrigation systems to become more efficient. Some crops needed replanting because the conditions were too dry to germinate.
“Most of us have a laid back attitude when it comes to painting a picture about ourselves. “Our plants are doing really well no matter how dry it is.” Tha Olson. “The recent rains have helped a lot.”
The North Prairie Farmers Market, which is located downtown Minot, is opening around its usual time, with its first market on July 10th. Market manager Wendi Hoffer said the first market will include handicrafts, canned and baked goods and any early produce.
The opening day for the Minot Farmers Market is expected to feature mushrooms, radishes, lettuce, early onions, rhubarb and possibly green beans and peas as well as other offerings, Olson said.
“Our retailers are really excited to be back in the market,” Tha Olson. “I have never seen this level of interest in being a salesperson.”
38 Minot Farmers Market vendors this year are believed to be a record.
“They will not all be there every day market, but it will allow us to have a wide variety of producers and sellers. We have come local honey. We have some sellers of baked goods. We have some craftsmen.” Tha Olson. “People will have a great opportunity to buy locally grown meat this year in the market.”
The first local food movement during the COVID-19 pandemic increased the number of meat producers. The six meat sellers associated with Minot Farmers Market include a new bison seller from Rugby, a Sherwood beef producer coming in for the second year and a Granville producer bringing chicken, pork, lamb and beef.
Hoffer said several beef producers and egg sellers are among the 25 to 30 sellers selling through North Prairie. She said the market is expected to have some additional sellers this season. Also new this year is the market capability to accept EBT cards for food items.
Any restrictions that continue from the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic are being left to individual vendors in the markets. Olson said vendors will maintain sanitation measures set before the pandemic and some may continue additional precautionary measures.
Hoffer said the North Prairie seeks to maintain additional space between booths, adopted as a COVID-19 precaution last year, because people enjoyed improving customer flow.
The Minot Farmers Market changed Tuesday night market hours this year to accommodate customers who work during the day.
“We will also have some food trucks coming in on Tuesday night during the season. We will have a coffee bus coming in Thursday morning. We will try to make a little more of an event for the people,” he said. Tha Olson.
Plans are still being made for musical entertainment and children’s activities, such as the clean-up hunt held in the past. The Minot Farmers Market also plans to designate a children’s market for new vendors.
The Minot Farmers Market again has an intern working with events, social media and salespeople. This is the third year of a three-year, grant-funded internship program of FARRMS (Foundation for Management and Sustainability of Agricultural and Rural Resources).
People can follow Minot Farmers Market and North Prairie Farmers Market on their Facebook pages for details about market days and to find out when different types of produce are becoming available.
Northern Prairie Farmers Market
Opens: Saturday, July 10, 11:00 p.m.
Where: Second Avenue and First Southwest Road, downtown Minot
When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., October
Minot Farmers Market
Opens: Tuesday, July 13, 4 p.m.
Ku: Parking Oak Park
When: Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, in October