Be sure to check the Belle Plaine Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Court Square Park.

The market runs, rain or shine, through Oct. 17. On rainy days, the market will be held under the park’s shelter.

Fresh produce is now appearing at the market.  Vendors are bringing green beans, zucchini, squash, radishes, cucumbers, fresh berries, and more.  Come down and check us out.

To get the freshest food possible from the people who grow it, it’s best to get there early.

But if you can’t make it until later, what you’ll get is still fresher than any that’s been shipped to a supermarket, as most farmers pick produce the day of or day before it’s sold. With perishable products, many bargains can be found at the end of the day.

Many farmers depend on you to survive.

Farmers count on the income from markets to get by. Nearly all who participate in open markets run very small operations and their profit margins are slim.

Not sure? Ask to taste before buying.

Almost all farmers are happy to provide a sample.

It’s not really about retail sales.

It’s about cultivating a relationship with people who are willing to spend a little bit more for something a whole lot better.

You can’t get everything all the time.

To offer the freshest, best tasting food at a reasonable price, you have to be patient with farmers and their growing cycles. There are seasons when certain produce isn’t available.

The Internet has changed farm life for better.

Customers from all over can keep connected to farm sites and Facebook pages. They can join mailing lists to hear about special crops, prices, CSA lists, and more.  Check us out on Facebook and like our page for weekly updates throughout the 2018 season.

Vendors are welcome to sell homemade or homegrown items at the farmers’ market for $5 per Wednesday. The $5 weekly payment will not exceed $80 per vendor for the season. Court Square Park is at 410 Cedar St. N.

For more information, contact Rick Krant at 952-217-1385. The Belle Plaine Historical Society sponsors the 2018 Belle Plaine Farmers’ Market.

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