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Area farmers markets cater to growers, shoppers

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Shnita Vang (from left) and Phil Lor, both of Tracy, assist Roland Kutzbach, Worthington, at their Farmers Market booth Saturday morning in Worthington.

WORTHINGTON -- A change in venue to the parking lot of W-2's Quality Meats will help keep Worthington's Saturday morning Farmers Market fresh this summer.

"It's more visible, and ... it's a paved parking lot," said Renee Peters of Rushmore, organizer of the weekly event.

So far, about 25 vendors have signed up for the Saturday sales.

The Saturday Farmers Market rules have also changed slightly, in that this year, no early sales will be permitted. Instead, sales will begin at 6:30 a.m. on the dot every Saturday. Vendors will also be required to clean up after themselves.

The downtown Farmers Market will continue from 4 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the corner of 10th Street and Second Avenue.

At this point in the season, growers, bakers and canners are bringing a wide variety of produce to the market, including lettuce, beans, cucumbers, broccoli, radishes, cilantro, onions, pea pods, raspberries, carrots, rhubarb, beets, breads and cookies, jams, pickled beets, salsas, pickles and pickled jalapenos.

"Broccoli doesn't even taste the same. It's got a whole different flavor when it's fresh from the garden," Peters said, adding people should visit the Farmers Market "to get fresh stuff that tastes much better than the store stuff."

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor at the Saturday Farmers Market in Worthington should contact Peters at 478-4330 or 370-1468.

Area Farmers markets include:

Adrian: 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, in the parking lot at the former Mini Mart.

Currie: 9 a.m. Saturday start, 440 North Mill St.

Edgerton: 5 p.m. Wednesday start, Main Street.

Fulda: 7 to 10 a.m. Friday, Fulda Train Depot.

Luverne: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Main Street.

Mountain Lake: Wednesday and Saturday mornings, City Park.

Pipestone: 8 a.m. Saturday start and 5 p.m. Wednesday start, in the parking lot of the Municipal Building.

Sheldon, Iowa: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, west end of the Pamida Parking Lot. On Sept. 6, a Farmers Market will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city park.

Spirit Lake, Iowa: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Hill Avenue; 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dickinson County Fairgrounds.

Slayton: 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, across the parking lot from Minnwest Bank.

Windom: 8 a.m. start, Tuesday and Friday, Runnings.

Worthington, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, corner of 10th Street and Second Avenue; 6:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, W-2's parking lot on Oxford Street.