Farmers Markets: More than Fresh Produce

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

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Farmers markets are summer staples of communities across the country, but they are often considered small operations with limited or niche products. But the truth is they are big business. In 2020, the USDA reported that farmers markets had $514 million in direct-to-consumer sales.

Farmers markets are more a chance for many to obtain fresh, organic foods. They are an outlet for local farmers and small businesses to support themselves, create local jobs and cultivate strong communities. Washington County Commissioner Fran Miron understands that concept,  as he and his wife own and operate the Miron Family Dairy & Crop Farm.

“As a fourth-generation farmer, farming is not just a job; it’s a way of life,” he said. “Farming helps grow relationships with neighbors which become strong communities with educated consumers.”

August 7 - 13 is National Farmers Market Week and a perfect opportunity to join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in promoting and assisting these community treasures. Many opportunities exist to support these Farmers Markets and small businesses in Washington County.

Farmers Markets

Mondays, 2:30-6:30 p.m.; June 13-October 17
Barker’s Alps Park, 5th Ave. N.
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – Noon; June 25-October 1
Triangle Park, 109 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi MN 55115
Cottage Grove
Thursdays, 2:30-6:30 p.m.; June 16-October 13
United Church of Christ, 7008 Lamar Ave. S., (across from Lamar Fields)
Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; June 19-September 25
Newport Center parking lot, 1644 Hastings Ave.
Forest Lake
Tuesdays, 5:00-9:00 p.m.; June 7-August 30
Lakeside Memorial Park, 95 E Broadway Ave
Wednesdays, 2:00-6:30 p.m.; June 1-October 12
City Hall Parking Lot, 1584 Hadley Ave.
Lake Elmo
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; June 19-September 4
Lake Elmo Elementary School, 11030 Stillwater Blvd.
Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; June 8-September 21
Scandia Community Center Parking Lot
Lake Elmo – Cimarron Community Farm
Every other Monday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; June 6-October 3
Cimarron Farm, Youth CSA and Market, 11035 10th St.
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-Noon; June 11-October 29
Riverview Lot (across from the Historic Courthouse)
Sundays, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; June 5-October 30
Central Park/YMCA parking lot, 8595 Central Park Pl.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Several CSA farms throughout Washington County provide sustainably produced food to consumers during growing seasons, offering them ways to support local businesses while becoming involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm. The Land Stewardship Projects CSA Farm Directory lists excellent providers in Washington County. 

SBA Assistance

Like the produce they grow and sell, farmers markets, farmers and other agribusiness entrepreneurs need proper nutrients to grow. Along with National Farmers Market Week, the SBA is promoting its collection of resources and tools it provides to help aspiring business owners bring their dreams to reality. A complete list, like the Community Navigator Pilot Program, Women’s Business Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and more, can be accessed at the SBA Resource Partners website. 

The Washington County Community Development Agency is here to help you grow your business. Please reach out to us today to learn how we can assist you in reaping the fruits of your labor!

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