True mom confession: My daughter is an EXTREMELY PICKY EATER, I am able to get her to eat/try foods by telling her where they came from. It may gross you out, but she is about 150% more likely to try a meal that she knew the beef came from one of daddy’s cows, the veggies came from our garden or bountiful baskets, and the bread we got from the local grocery store that sells AMAZING bread from a local bakery (and sometimes we make our own even.) This doesn’t work all of the time, but it does work sometimes.
We are also lucky to be surrounded by many (I didn’t even get all of the info on this list) local Farmer’s Markets and farmer’s that have CSA program’s available. This list started with 19 different cities that have farmer’s markets in SW Minnesota and NW Iowa, and many of those cities have MULTIPLE farmers markets (entirely different or available at multiple times on multiple days). I am excited to see it grow, because I know it will.
While I was researching information for this post, I came across a REALLY Cool website put on by Iowa State University’s extention office.. It is so cool!!
Here is the list….
- For now the list is done alphabetically because it was the easiest while I was compiling it, but soon I plan on also making a list organized by day of the week.
Arnold’s Park, IA
Lakes Area Farmers Market-Arnolds Park
When: Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm (Jul-mid-Sep)
Where: Okoboji Middle School parking lot (corner of Hwy 71 & Broadway)
Arnolds Park, IA 51331
The Gardener’s Market
When: Saturdays 8:00-noon (June 14-Oct 25)
Thursdays noon-5:00 (June 12-Oct 23)
Where: 10th St (north side of courthouse square)
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Estherville Farmers Market
When: Saturdays 8:00am-11:00am (June 7-Oct 11)
Thursdays 5:00pm-7:00pm (July 3-Sept 25)
Where: 1226 Central Ave. (Four Seasons Flower Shop parking lot)
Estherville, IA 51334
Estherville Downtown Farmers Market
When: Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm (June 12-Aug 28)
Saturdays 9:00-11:00am (July 12-Sept 27)
Where: Library Square
600 Block of Central Ave
Estherville, IA 51334
Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm (June 18-29)
Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm (July 5- September 27)
Located at the NE corner of the Five Lakes Centre Parking Lot
George Farmer’s Market
When: Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:30pm (Jun-Sep)
Where: George Community Building
117 S Main St
George, IA 51237
Runs May 26th -Fall
Located at Ashley Park in Jackson MN
Lake Park, Iowa
When: Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (mid-Jun-Oct)
Where: Silver Lake City Park Shelter House
Lake Park, IA 51347
The market is in operation from June 2nd – October each season.
The selling begins at 4:00 PM and continues until 7:00PM. every Thursday.
Located at Redbird Field
New vendors sign up with the Luverne Area Chamber
Madelia Farmer’s Market
The Madelia Farmers Market is located across the street from the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic.
Spirit Lake, IA
When: Saturdays 7:30am-12:00pm (Jun-mid-Oct)
Wednesdays 7:30am-12:00pm (Jun-mid-Oct)
Where: Dickinson County Fairgrounds
1600 15th St.
Spirit Lakes, IA 51360
Paullina Farmers Market
When: Thursdays 4:00pm-7:00pm (Jun-Sep)
Where: Paullina City Park, E Commerce St.
Paullina, IA 51046
Rock Rapids, IA
Rock Rapids Farmer’s Market
When: Mondays 4:00pm-7:00pm (Jun-Aug)
Mondays 4:00pm-6:00pm (Sep-Oct)
Where: 1st Ave and N Boone St
(Sunshine Grocery Store parking lot)
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Sheldon Farmers Market
When: Mondays 4:30pm-6:30pm (Jun-Sep)
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm (Jun-Sep)
Where: Old Train Depot
1200 S 2nd Ave
Sheldon, IA 51201
Sibley Farmer’s Market
When: Saturdays starting at 8:00am (Jun-Sep)
Where: 407 9th St (Sibley Super Foods parking lot)
Sibley, IA 51249
24 West Park Street (at Gary’s on the River)
Dates: Saturdays from June 4 to October 8
Hours: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
St. James, MN
Watonwan County Farmer’s Market
Tuesday 9am-12:30p.m (June-October)
Located in the city parking lot
Tuesdays in June 8am-10am
Main St & Hwy 4 (by Trinity Lutheran Church)
Friday in June 3pm-6pm
Town Center Parking Lot
Windom Farmer’s Market
Season begins in late June on Tuesdays 3:30pm-6:00pm and Saturdays 7:30am-Noon
It takes place on the west side of the courthouse square
Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. in Downtown Worthington
Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 12 at the Ace Hardware Parking lot.
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