Minot Farmer’s Market returns

MINOT, ND (KXNET) — Farmer’s market season has returned and many are taking advantage of the warm weather to shop locally.

Oak Park was buzzing with activity Saturday morning as farmers and vendors prepared for opening day at the Minot Farmers’ Market.

The outdoor market has 40 vendors, all selling a variety of goods.

“You just have to see what the sellers have and what they produced during the winter and what they created. We call them farmers, makers, bakers and more,” said Karin Constable, market manager.

The Farmer’s Market offers plants and crafts in addition to fresh local foods.

The Farmers Market recognizes the people behind the scenes who have done all the hard work.

“When you have small businesses downtown, sometimes we miss knowing who our growers are in the community around us. So just inviting them to a central location three days a week is just a great place for people to have that opportunity,” Constable added.

Vendors were surprised by the number of people present for the opening day.

Local farmers say it means everything to them to get such a big turnout and, in return, give locals fresh, all-natural produce.

Local organic farmer Paul Lepp brought fresh lettuce and cacti to his vendor table.

“It’s really fun to interact with people and know you’re providing them with high quality food, like it’s all locally grown,” said Beagle Hill Organic Farm owner Paul Lepp.

The market manager says the vendors at the Minot Farmers’ Market change from week to week.

More produce, such as locally grown tomatoes and corn, will end up on vendor tables later in the harvest season.

The market takes place on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

James V. Payne