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A bumber crop of healthy food choices

Dana Anderson of Alexandria checked out the green peppers and other vegetables at the Alexandria Farmers Market while her son, Emmett, took a peek inside a cooler.1 / 2
Workers at the Country Blossom Farm stand at the Alexandria Farmers Market shared smiles with one of their younger customers of the day. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)2 / 2

Fresh, locally produced fruit and veggies? Check.

Herbs and recipe ideas? Check.

Healthy food choices? Check.

Browsing in the beautiful outdoors, talking with friendly growers who can answer any questions about their products? Check.

You can find all that and more at the Alexandria Farmers Market. It’s open three days a week at Big Ole Central Park.

Farmers from throughout the region set up tents and tables and sell fresh fruit and vegetables at the peak of the season, along with a variety of other food items.

Dana Anderson of Alexandria and her 2-year-old son, Emmett, were among the market’s customers this past Saturday. They’re regulars, stopping there several times a week.

“I enjoy bringing my son because I feel it is important to teach good habits early on,” said Anderson, who is studying to become a certified health coach. “He looks forward to seeing the farmers and thanking them for the delicious meals we have every time we go.”

She added that kids are more apt to want to eat healthier if they take part in the shopping, preparing and cooking of the meal.

“I can see it already with my little boy!” she said. “Not only is this a great chance to do something fun, healthy and very affordable, it will make us memories forever.”

The Alexandria Farmers Market offers a full line of locally raised food, including apples, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, herbs, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, bedding plants, flowers, elk, lamb, beef, eggs and chicken.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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