Stay and Play: More options for farmers' markets
A sure sign of summer is fresh garden produce.
For those who don't have gardens of their own, there are several farmers' markets in the area. The newest being the Somerset Farmer's Market and Craft Sale at the Apple River Family Campground (ARFC) located at 345 Church Hill Road.
According to Mary Schmidt, marketing and sales for ARFC, the campground is acting merely as the host for the community market.
"The general manager is an avid camper and loves flea markets," said Schmidt. "He wanted to have a flea/farmer's market and we saw there was outside interest."
"The Somerset Lions, library and Magpie's Coffeehouse all wanted to have a farmer's market," she continued. "Now they are happy we are doing it and they are even sending people our way."
The market started May 15 and runs each Sunday morning from 8 a.m. - noon throughout the summer. They currently have 12 vendors, with some on a waiting list.
Schmidt said they try to have a good balance of products for sale, ranging from fresh produce and plants to homemade crafts.
They even have a booth reserved for non-profit groups and community service groups that want to do some fundraising. To date, the Buds Garden Club and Gregory's Gift of Hope have used the booth.
For more information about the Somerset Farmer's Market and Craft Sale, contact Mary Schmidt at 651-329-6042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next farmers' market to open is in Hammond. The Hammond Farmer's Market will open Friday, June 24, at the Veteran's Park next to the library at 850 Davis St. Regular hours will be Fridays from 3-6 p.m. and they will sell soap, honey, tie rugs, vegetables and produce. For more information, call Michelle Johnson at the Hammond Library at 715-796-2281.
New Richmond will have two farmers' 65 in the northern part of New Richmond. They have a tentative opening date of mid-July, and plan to be open Fridays from 3-6 p.m. They plan to offer vegetables, plants, fruit and homemade foods. For more information, call Garden Expressions at 715-246-0257.
Roberts Village will also have a farmer's market starting Thursday, July 14. The market will be in the Miller's Corner parking lot and run Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. They will offer bakery items, produce and homemade items. For more information about the Roberts farmers' market, call Kay Anderson at 715-760-1282.
The Stay and Play series will run each week during the summer. If you have any ideas of what topics you would like covered, contact Julia Ybarra-Young at email@example.com or call 715-246-6881, ext. 2