Tricounty News

Farmer's market coming to Kimball

This summer, a Kimball-area farmer's market is in the works to take place behind the Triple R for vendors selling their farm produce and homemade items. This is the market's first year in operation with local Kimball residents Donna Roerick and Rick Ellis leading the operation. "This has been a dream of Donna Roerick's for a couple of years. She started talking to others and found that there were many others who were interested," Ellis says. The overall goal, Ellis says is, "to bring folks together to enjoy fresh, high quality, locally grown farm produce. Growers and producers will have a great place to sell their fruits, vegetables, food products and original crafts. The rest of us will have a great, local place to shop for locally grown and produced items. It is another good way for us to strengthen our community in a fun and friendly way," Ellis says. Ellis adds having the farmer's market will give the community a chance to understand where their food comes from. Rules Ellis says there are several rules. One is the farmer's market will follow the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's farmer's market guidelines:. Another is the farmer's market is not the same as a flea market. The items sold cannot be bought and resold. Everything must be locally-grown and made. Vendors must also live within a 50-mile radius of Kimball. Information The market will run each Friday from June to October from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Triple R rear parking lot. No one has officially signed up yet. Some of the final details are still being worked out such as a fee for vendors, but they're still looking to hear from any interested vendors. "We hope we will have a wide selection of fruits and vegetables as they come in season; apples and asparagus to watermelon and zucchini and everything in between," Ellis says. "We would also welcome vendors with prepared food items like bread or certain home-preserved items. And we also expect some non-food craft items that are locally produced." For more information, to apply for your spot in the farmer's market, or volunteer contact: Donna Roerick 398-2109, or Rick Ellis 398-2881,.