by Joni Astrup
Plans are coming together for Nowthen’s first farmers market to open in June.
Two organizational meetings have been very well attended and a number of people have signed up to participate, according to Dennis Blake, market manager.
The farmers market will be open weekly from 3-7 p.m. Thursdays beginning June 9 and running through September.
It will be located on County Road 5 between 199th Avenue and the city park entrance.
Roland Burquest, who raises buffalo in Nowthen, will be one of the people participating in the farmers market. He plans to sell buffalo meat, which he said is very low in fat. He will sell 100 percent buffalo burger, pre-made patties, steaks and roasts. Later in the summer he anticipates also having some hot dogs and sausage sticks for sale at the market.
Another participant will be the Laestadian Lutheran Church of Elk River, which will be selling baked goods at the farmers market four times this summer. The baked goods will include caramel rolls, flatbread and pulla, which is Finnish coffee bread.
Blake said a number of other things will also be sold at the farmers market including vegetables, cut flowers, homemade butter, spices, perennials, hostas, ornamental grasses, repeat blooming daylilies, pine trees, river birch trees and crafts.
Vendors are still being accepted. Booths are large — 24 by 48 feet in size — and electricity will be provided upon request. For more information about becoming a vendor, call Blake at 763-360-3161 or e-mail Nowthen FarMar@yahoo.com. Booths will be designated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lynda Kolasa is the market coordinator and Nowthen Mayor Bill Schulz is the city liaison.