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Celebrate Minnesota Farmers Market Week

Minnesota Grown member Dale Stivland of Stivland Gardens offers a variety of produce at the Holmes City Farmers Market, including a large selection of tomatoes. The market will host a Minnesota Grown corn roast and challenge on Saturday, August 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Contributed)1 / 2
Dee Lemmon of Lemmons’ Acres, also a Minnesota Grown member, beams as she sells fresh goods at the Holmes City Farmers Market.2 / 2

Minnesota is joining farmers markets across the country celebrating National Farmers Market Week, August 3-9. The week increases awareness of the benefits of farmers markets and the agricultural products farmers provide. Minnesota has more than 175 markets.

To kick off the week, Minnesota Grown has chosen the Holmes City Farmers Market to host a free corn roast and a Minnesota Grown Challenge between state employees and market representatives. The kick-off will be held on Saturday, August 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holmes City Farmers Market.

The Holmes City Farmers Market won the honor to host the kick-off through a Minnesota Grown contest for farmers markets held statewide earlier this summer.

“While our market may not be the biggest, we are certainly big on enthusiasm and fun,” said Leeann Jorgensen, Holmes City Farmers Market treasurer.

The event will include food and games. Corn husking will open the games, followed by a bean bag toss competition with Pastor Denise Croskey and Minnesota Grown representative Tessa Ganser. Other activities include bubbles, beach volleyball and ladder golf.

A scavenger hunt with homemade chocolate chip cookies will be offered for children younger than 10.

Brats will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music entertainment will feature the local talent of Cassie Wiesner at 11 a.m. and jazz band Uumi at noon.

“It is so encouraging to see farmers markets continue to grow and succeed throughout Minnesota,” said Paul Hugunin, Minnesota Grown Program representative.

Consumers can shop the Holmes City Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. through October.

With 25 vendors, the market offers a variety of products such as fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, jams and jelly, salsas, canned goods, baked goods, plants, flowers, garden art and crafts, pottery, and quilted and sewn items.

In conjunction with the farmers market, Trinity Lutheran offers community breakfasts from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The Holmes City Farmers Market is always open to new vendors. If interested, contact Diane Kratz at (320) 886-5421.

For more information, contact a local farmers market or visit www.minnesotagrown.com.

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