Frost-free Friday means farmers markets are open

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Frost-free Friday means that the gardening season is about to go full swing, and so are area farmers' markets

It’s true, the day that marks the traditional end of frosts here at the Whitefish Chain is almost here. Get ready for blooming flowers, sprouting vegetables and happy tomato plants, because summer is about to officially start.

Frost-free Friday is the last Friday in May. It’s also right around this time of year that all the north country farmers’ markets begin to open up. This time of year fresh lettuces, local meat and cheese, hand-harvested wild rice, vegetable plants, flowers and more can all be found at area farmers’ markets. As the summer goes on, the selection will continue to expand.

The Pine River Market Square kicks off this Friday with not just the farmers’ market but also a big plant sale. According to John Wetrosky, Pine River Chamber of Commerce Director, all the growers who have greenhouses out in the country bring in the plants they’ve started, and you’ll be able to find just about any kind you could want. You’ll also find all your favorite farmers’ market goods.

The Pine River Market Square is three blocks east of the Hwy. 371 stoplights on the north side of the road. You can’t miss it. The market is from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Perhaps the area’s newest farmers’ market is in Ideal Corners, just outside the new Ideal Green Market Co-op. It takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and features homemade soaps, plants, local alpaca wool and more. The Ideal Green Market is located off County Road 16 right next to the Old Milwaukee Club.

While you’re there, you can also pick up local and organic foods from the Ideal Green Market, a brand-new co-op in the area with a wide variety of products.

The Nisswa Farmers’ Market has also kicked of its season, selling wild rice, honey, plants (including vegetables and flowers) and even inoculated mushroom logs, which will grow delicious mushrooms just for you!

The NisswaFarmers’ Market is open every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s located in the American Legion parking lot, just north of town on Main St. in Nisswa. Follow signs from town.

The Nisswa Farmers’ Market is part of the Lakes Area Growers Market, which also has locations in Brainerd and Baxter.

The Brainerd market takes place every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Franklin Arts Center parking lot, located here

Baxter’s farmers’ market is Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Gander Mountain parking lot just off Highway 371.  

All area farmers' markets will be selling their goods weekly through the fall, usually until the beginning of October.

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