Farmer’s Market is held on Thursday afternoon in Janesville, Minnesota. The local people meet at the park and the variety of wares includes sweet corn, tomatoes and other freshly picked produce.
The only problem with Farmer’s Market is when you take your own stuff to sell there, you end up taking much of it back home because everyone has the same stuff to sell and by the time my tomatoes were ripe enough to sell, everyone was ‘˜tomato-ed out.’ Unfortunate, but true!
Next year, I may try to make homemade salsa and try selling that. One man was pickling green beans. I like them. They are a dill flavor and taste like a skinny pickle. Yummy! Jams and jellies seem to be popular and pies seem to be a hit with the crowds, as do homemade cookies.
I have been to the Market in Mankato once or twice. It is held on Saturday in the Madison East Parking lot in the morning. They usually have a good turnout since it is in a great location with lots of traffic and Mankato is a large city.
Waseca has a small Farmers Market in its courthouse parking lot. The farmer’s bring their produce and sell it out of their trucks from their tailgates. Waterville has a Farmer’s Market that I have heard of, but have never been to and I do not know where they hold it. The same people who go to Janesville and Waseca frequent it quite regularly.
My daughter had painted a few signs on barn board. They had sayings on them. People liked them and purchased them for a few dollars. They were earthly colors and the words were simple. Faith. Love. Hope.
When you drive around Waseca, there sometimes is a pickup truck or wagon parked in the parking lot by the police station, selling sweet corn. Sometimes, there is a pickup selling sweet corn by the Human Services building.
There is a parking lot by the Baskin Robbins ice cream parlor in Mankato and occasionally you will see a sweet corn truck parked there, also.
They must do quite well, since you see them there week after week. I cannot imagine the dedication it takes to stand out in the sun, especially in Minnesota’s climate. Our summers are very hot and humid. On a good day, the temperature may reach ninety-eight degrees and the humidity may be very high.
I certainly applaud these fine folk for their dedication to the Farmer’s Market scenario. They definitely make my trip to them worthwhile!
During the winter months, the churches have bake sales inside and sell the same types of things that you would find at Farmer’s market.