Area farmers markets ready for another season

A woman looked over the fresh produce for sale at the Elk River farmers market last year.

Spring is here, and area farmers markets are getting ready for a new season. Most plan to open in June, but the one in Zimmerman will be opening May 24.
The farmers market in Zimmerman prides itself on allowing only locally grown products.
That means that even baked goods like banana bread must contain something locally grown or produced, such as the eggs in the bread.
People can expect more than banana bread, as all sorts of baked and canned goods will be on hand for purchase.
People can also expect fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey and maple syrup.
The Zimmerman farmers market opens May 24 from 3–6:30 p.m. so people can purchase bedding plants including assorted vegetables and flowers.
Those hours are the same every Tuesday through September. Then through October, the hours are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The market will be located in downtown Zimmerman, across from the American Legion.
To inquire on renting a booth at the Zimmerman farmers market, call 763-633-3222 or go to www.pzfarmersmarket.org.

Farmers market in Rogers opens June 8
The Rogers farmers market is getting ready to open June 8 in the Rogers Activity Center parking lot. It will be open Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
The last two weeks, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, the market will be open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. before closing for the season.
Customers can expect live music again while shopping for fresh produce and home-crafted items.
To apply for a booth or if someone is interested in providing music, go to www.farmersmarket.cityofrogers.org for more information.

Nowthen organizing  a market this year
A new farmers market in Nowthen will be open weekly from 3–7 p.m. Thursdays beginning June 9.
It will be located on County Road 5 between 199th Avenue and the city park entrance.
The farmers market will have a number of things for sale including vegetables, cut flowers, homemade butter, buffalo meat, baked goods, spices, perennials, hostas, ornamental grasses, repeat blooming daylilies, pine trees, river birch trees and crafts.
For more information about becoming a vendor, call 763-360-3161 or e-mail NowthenFarMar@yahoo.com.

Elk River farmers market opens June 23
The Elk River farmers market will be open from 3–7 p.m. Thursdays beginning June 23 and running through Sept. 29. It will be held at the Westbound Liquor Store parking lot, 13484 185th Ln., Elk River.
The market offers a variety of homegrown produce, berries, bakery items, handmade soaps, jams and jellies, maple syrup, free-range chicken eggs, alpaca fibers, flowers, natural cleaning products, homemade embroidered items, candles, hula hoops and organic dog treats.
For more information, call 763-635-1150 or find Elk River Parks and Recreation on Facebook.
(Staff writer Bob Grawey and Associate Editor Joni Astrup contributed to this report.)

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