Farmer’s Markets are sprouting (to coin a phrase) on every church, parking, and vacant lot, it seems. It’s great. What I’m learning in my poking around is about the unique nature of many of these sites. Thanks to Twin Cities Daily Planet shared penchant for poking around, I’ve had a chance to dig a bit deeper into just a couple – so far.
The Village Farmer’s Market, opening July 12 in my community, is the fulfillment of one woman’s dream. Wendy Huebner is the dreamer who now has the whole community abuzz. The VFM will feature a generous array of locally produced vegetables and fruit along with a rich assortment of entertainment/educational programs that range from accordions to jugglers to a talk about the history of cookbooks, with emphasis on delicacies created from locally grown produce. Details on TCDP.
Another community building market is the fulfillment of Toua Xiong’s dream. The Hmongtown Marketplace in St. Paul’s Frogtown is the hub of the Hmong community. The nine-acre site features locally grown produce, much of which is new to oldtime Minnesotans. The Market also features several restaurants and foodstands, acres of purchasable items ranging from clothing to videos to bubble blowing gear. Again, details on TCDP.
The summer isn’t long enough to poke around all of the market opportunities, but I’ve got a good start on a most delightful and delicious poke!