Farmers market season

The 2019 market season will begin on Saturday, July 6, and operate every Saturday through October from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the parking lot between the Schwan’s Corp 1 facility and the YMCA.

2019 highlights:

Market information is available online. On the Web at marshallfarmersmarket.org is where you can find a producer application, producer and market coordinator contacts, performance schedules, and details on all the market happenings. The market can be found on Facebook at Marshall Farmer’s Market.

There will be weekly performance art from 9 to 11 a.m. each week thanks to a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. The schedule is available online or at businesses around SW MN.

Power of Produce is back for children aged 4 to 12 years. Children are able to visit with the producers to learn about locally grown foods and purchase $2 worth of healthy produce. Special Power of Produce youth activities will also take place each week.

The market accepts both credit cards and SNAP benefits. Thanks to a grant through Hunger Solutions matching Market Bucks of up to $10 per week are available to SNAP recipients. For example, use $5 of SNAP benefits and receive $5 from Hunger Solutions. Up to $10 of grant dollars each week.

Market activities are facilitated through grant dollars from local and regional funders. Some grants have matching donation requirements. Please contact me at the Y if you are interested in financially supporting the market. Donations to Performances in the Market support the 20% grant match. Support of the Power of Produce program provides $2 to children to both learn about and sample healthy produce. Contact Tom Bolin at tbolin@marshallareaymca.org to support the market.

I hope to see you at the market this summer. Have questions? Contact Kim Guenther, the market coordinator, at market@marshallareaymca.org.