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Monday/Thursday Farmers Market to Start 34th Year

July 3, 2012

Kael Grebell, from left, Koye Grebel and Koltyn Grebel help their grandfather and member of the Monday/Thursday farmers market, Al Schumacher, in his garden. Schumacher says his grandsons are helpful with his garden and also with his ice cream.

The Monday/Thursday farmers market will begin its 34th year on Monday, July 9 in the Rosebud Parking lot across from the Elks building. The market will continue Thursday, July 12 in the Pamida parking lot.

Norma Voldal, manager of the market, said they tried splitting the locations of the markets last year as an experiment, and it worked so well that they decided to do it again this year.

The hours for the weekly market are 4-6 p.m., but Voldal said that if customers have a hard time attending during the open times, most vendors can be called to make arrangements for obtaining produce.

The locations of the market will remain the same until the season ends the beginning of November.

Voldal said that as in the past, the Monday/Thursday farmers market is planning a joint event with the Young People’s Healthy Heart Program. While details are still being finalized, Voldal said that the market will provide fresh produce to the program to use as ingredients in recipes for public tasting. The time and place will be announced later.

The market will feature an array of produce grown by local farmers and gardeners. They also provide baked goods, jellies and canned goods.
“Farmers markets are an easy way to get healthy, fresh, local fruit and vegetables. Most are picked the day of the market. The sooner one uses picked produce, the healthier they are,” Voldal said.

Voldal, who helped establish the farmers market 34 years ago with her husband and some friends and fellow gardeners, said that locally-grown produce has a big advantage over produce that needs to be shipped long distance.

Al Schumacher has been a member of the market for over 25 years. He said he just started raising food and all of a sudden he was growing more than he could eat. He says farmers markets are great because they provide buyers with fresh food.

Many of the vendors are chemical-free growers. The seller will be able to answer any questions buyers have about the use of chemicals. Voldal said chemical-free food is much healthier.

The market will have five dollar gift certificate drawings at both locations.

“Be sure to register,” Voldal said.

Those interested in becoming members of the Monday/Thursday farmers market or who have any questions about the market, can contact Voldal at 845-4303 or stop by the farmers market.

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