Produce arrives at farmers marketAfter a late spring, produce is finally rolling in at the Grand Forks farmers market. They still lag a few weeks behind but farmers there are excited to have at least some crops ready to sell.
After a late spring, produce is finally starting to roll in at the Grand Forks farmers market. They still lag a few weeks behind but farmers there are excited to have at least some crops ready to sell.
After a rough start to the season for local farmers...
Amber Lockhart, Farmer: “It's been a brutal spring.”
Mark Haux, Farmer: “I would say half my stuff got drowned out, so I won't be bringing as much down here this year.”
David Allard, Farmer: “It sounds like everyone is late.”
Things are starting to look up.
Haux: “This week it was lettuce, zucchini, squash, snow peas.”
Lockhart: “We sold out of our beats within about 15 minutes this morning.”
Not bad for a first time farmer.
Lockhart: “This is our first season here at the Grand Forks farmers market. It's actually our first season growing and it's been great.”
Today was the first day this summer that many farmers had produce to bring.
Lockhart: “They're very excited about it.”
Allard: “A lot different than last year. Last year at this time we already had potatoes, onions and beats.”
Haux: “It gets busier as time goes on.”
One of the main benefits of coming to the farmers market is getting fresh produce, like this broccoli here that was just picked this morning.
Allard: “Probably within 24 hours, 30 hours of being picked you're actually buying it.”
Rene Omlid, Sells Baskets: “It's usually really hopping, especially when the produce comes in. We are so thankful for the farmers that bring their produce down here.”
Of course, there's more to the market than produce. Delila Poole buys her grandkids slushies to cool off.
Mark Melby offers 68 flavors of honey.
Mark Melby, Sells Honey: “I started off with three and got a little crazy after that.”
And Rene Omlid sells these baskets made by widows in Ghana.
Omlid: “We love the opportunity to be down here and share the baskets. We have Ghana crazy.”
The market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday this summer in downtown Grand Forks.