Marshall Farmers Market returns Saturday
MARSHALL — The season of farmers markets is back in southwest Minnesota — and starting this weekend, people can once again shop for locally produced foods, crafts and other products in Marshall.
“We are ready,” said Kim Guenther, coordinator of the Marshall Farmers Market. “We have a great selection of vendors coming back,” she said, plus a lineup of live music and opportunities for area residents to buy fresh, healthy foods.
The Farmers Market opens Saturday at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Marshall Area YMCA. The market will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 29, Guenther said.
The Marshall market offers a wide range of vendors, from locally-grown produce and meats, to homemade baked goods and crafts. Starting July 9 and running through the middle of September, the market will also feature live music, covering everything from jazz to pop and country.
Guenther said the Farmers Market offers shoppers a chance to have fun and support area farmers and businesses. But at the same time, there are also programs that help make fresh produce more available to everyone. Guenther said the Power of Produce program is returning this year for both youth and seniors. Kids ages 3-13 can receive a $2 token each week that can be used to buy a fruit or vegetable from the market. Power of Produce has become a popular program at the market.
“It’s so much fun to see the kids,” Guenther said –and it’s also something that helps encourage families to visit the market together.
The Senior Power of Produce program is being made possible this year through a grant from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Guenther said. Adults age 65 and older can receive a $4 token each week that can be used to buy fruits or vegetables.
The Marshall Farmers Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards. This year, the market will have expanded support for SNAP through grant funding, Guenther said. A person who spends $10 with an EBT card can get a match of $10, plus an additional $10 just to purchase fruits and vegetables, she said.
Being able to get good food while supporting local businesses is a “win-win” situation, Guenther said.
“We love that people have the opportunity to buy locally-grown foods,” she said.
More information on the Marshall Farmers Market, including performance schedules and vendor information, can be found online at the market’s Facebook page and at https://marshallfarmersmarket.org/.