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Published May 26, 2009, 08:23 AM

Seasonal farmers markets up and running

They're springing up everywhere - in parking lots and fields, in parks and along the roadside. It's farmers market season.

By: Ruth Nerhaugen, The Republican Eagle

They're springing up everywhere - in parking lots and fields, in parks and along the roadside.

It's farmers market season.

Early produce, bedding plants and flowers are starting to show up. As the weeks pass, more and more fresh vegetables and fruits will make their way via pickup trucks to the marketplaces. Some communities also will have crafts, baked goods and entertainment.

Red Wing's farmers market is held every day in front of City Hall, 315 W. Fourth St. Vendors are set up by 8 a.m., and leave when all their food is gone. Everything here is locally grown, prepared or created.

On Saturdays, the market becomes a destination. Live musical entertainment is offered on the steps of City Hall, and home-baked breads and other specialty products are added to the mix.

In addition, the Farmers' Market Association lines up education and resource people to answer questions for home gardeners.

Other area markets:

Cannon Falls

Look for fresh produce Saturday mornings in the community parking lot, located on Highway 19 in downtown Cannon Falls. The loosely organized market also is active some weekday mornings at the height of the growing season.

Ellsworth

The informal farmers' market gathering spot was East End Park on Saturday mornings.

Lake City

The Lake City Farmers' Market is relocating this year to the end of Washington Street near McCahill Park. Last year, the Saturday morning event expanded with a variety of items added to the vendor tables. It runs from around 8 a.m. until noon weekly under the sponsorship of the Lake City Chamber and Citizens for Energy Awareness.

About four miles north of Lake City on Highway 61 is Bushel and Peck, where people will find asparagus in early spring, strawberries in June and later, apples. Visit www.bushel-peck.com to find out what's fresh.

Maiden Rock

If you're passing through Maiden Rock on Saturday morning, stop on Main Street and check out the farm produce in the parking lot.

Pepin

The Country Stop, located at the corner of Highway 35 and County Highway CC, carries locally grown fruits and vegetables as they come in season. The stand is open weekly during the height of the season.

Pine Island

Unlike other communities, Pine Island holds its farmers market on Fridays, from noon to 5:30 p.m. Location is the historic Creamery Building at the corner of East Center Street and First Avenue. In addition to fruits, vegetables and plants, look for wood crafts, arts, crafts, canned goods and handmade cards.

Wabasha

Market under the Bridge is held Thursdays 4 to 6:30 p.m. Locally grown plants and vegetables are featured, along with meats. The market is in Heritage Square Park under the Interstate Bridge.

Wanamingo

Bedding plants and early vegetables already are showing up in the grassy area next to the Buckstop Grocery in Wanamingo. The farmeres market is Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Beginning June 4, the organizers also plan to offer live music and children's activities. Check it out on www.wanamingofarmersmarket.com.

Zumbrota

The Covered Bridge Farmers' Market is up for the season in the historic Covered Bridge Park, located right on Highway 58. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Mondays. Potted plants and herbs, vegetables and flowers, fruits and canned goods are joined by arts and crafts, wood working and knitted or stitched goods.

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