farmers markets

Grand Rapids Herald Review

This Wednesday morning on our Local Food segment local garlic farmer and Grand Rapids Farmers market vendor Jesse Davis stopped by.  He's also the Member Services Manager for the MN Farmers Market Association and he told us what's going on for National Farmers Market Week.  Check out Jesse's weekly column for the Grand Rapids Herald Review here:

Brian Naykki manages the Ely Farmers Market.  The Ely Market  prides itself on being the Minnesota farmers market with the shortest growing season.  That said, yesterday it hosted 42 vendors selling a variety of products including strawberries, vegetables, kombucha, oven fired pizza, syrup, and local art.   Ely may have the shortest growing season in the state, but it celebrates gardening in a big way. From vegetable races to the kid-focused plant-your-own-pizza party to rhubarb leaf contests, Ely gets into its Farmers Market.

Cook Minnesota is located at the intersection of US Highway 53 and MN Hwy 1 in St Louis County. Cook is the western gateway to Lake Vermilion country . This small town is known for resorts, stores, and restaurants—but not necessarily for its growing season.

One sure sign of spring is the opening of farmers' markets around northern Minnesota. The Grand Rapids Farmers' Market opened on May 10th for its 31st season. It is one of the earliest markets to open in the area, and 12 member/vendors were present. The morning was sunny and cool, but temperatures were supposed to hit 60 degrees--great weather for a market that sometimes sees snow in May!

Jesse Davis

There is no "off season" for farmers. That's the verdict from garlic grower and farm market advocate Jesse Davis. Jesse and his husband Warren planted over 30,000 garlic cloves last fall at their farm, Trout Lake Garlic. That's less than the 50,000 they had planned, but with last fall's rain and humidity some of the seed they were hoping to grow rotted. This winter there was record warm weather in January, and more freeze-thaw cycles are predicted.