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Pam Brown sells herbs from her garden as well as bakery items for elderly church members who could not attend the market on Saturdays last year. Fourteen exhibitors turned out for the Holmes City Farmers Market last year on July 20. (File photos/Echo Press)

Holmes City Farmers Market opens for the 2014 season

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Holmes City Farmers Market opens for the 2014 season
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

The Holmes City Farmers Market will open for the season Saturday, May 17 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot.

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The market will offer a large 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 will again offer community breakfasts from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free will donations will be accepted. Any proceeds from the breakfasts go to the Trinity Lutheran Building Fund.

Trinity Lutheran also received a Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) grant that will help supplement the cost of the breakfasts.

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

EBT/MARKET BUCKS OFFERED

The market has implemented the EBT/Market Bucks initiative. It enables Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use their benefits to purchase vegetables, fruits and other eligible products directly from the Holmes City Farmers Market.

Last year, a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services allowed the market to purchase a wireless EBT machine to accept SNAP benefits (formerly called Food Stamps).

This year, the market received $3,000 of funding for the EBT and Market Bucks Incentive to help promote the use of SNAP benefits at the market.

The Market Bucks program gives SNAP recipients the ability to stretch their dollars by matching EBT card purchases with up to an additional $5 in “Market Bucks” each market day.

The program is funded through the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

OTHER NEW FEATURES

Along with the EBT/Market Bucks Initiative, the market offers a variety of other new features this year:

● Vendors and breakfast crew will wear T-shirts and aprons to help distinguish them from the customers.

● A grant from Minnesota Grown has enabled the commissioning of a professional sign to be made for the market.

● Janel Lamp-Wiese from Smude Oil in Pierz will demonstrate healthy cooking by using cold-pressed sunflower oil on May 17 following the community breakfast after 10:30 a.m. She will share tips on using unusual vegetables and provide recipes to try at home.

● Vendors will have sunflower oil samples to try since the new Minnesota sampling law has made it easier for markets to share samples.

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