New Brighton farmers’ market closes for fall

The New Brighton farmers’ market held its final day of the season on Oct. 3.

The market, which popped up every Wednesday at United Theological Seminary in the 3000 block of Fifth Street throughout the fresh-produce months of spring and summer, had plenty of typical farmer fare on its last day, as well as fall favorites like pumpkin and squash. 

“It’s a great market, they do it really well,” said Hanover farmer Paul Ruter, who said 2018 was his first year at the New Brighton market. 

Organizer Angela Fredrickson said, in just its third year, the New Brighton market keeps growing, adding new vendors and fan-favorite activities like when there are firetrucks or construction vehicles for kids to check out. Market-goers were also into Janessa of Present Moment Dance, who came out every day of the market to put on a show of hula hoops, scarves, ribbons, wands and more. 

“I have loved it,” said 10-year New Brighton resident Wachen Anderson of the market. She said she likes the old-world feel of farm-to-market, as well as the people who gather, all within walking distance of her home. 

Now that the market is closing, some last-day participants had suggestions for those still in search of fresh produce and homemade goods. 

There are other nearby markets that have a few weeks left. In Shoreview the market runs through Oct. 23 Tuesday evenings at the Shoreview Community Center, and in Roseville, the market convenes Tuesday mornings at Corpus Christi Catholic Church and will be calling it quits on Oct. 30. For those who’ve lost interest in the markets with the season, there are plenty of apple orchards and corn mazes around town, too.

At any such place in late fall, said Fredrickson, there’s going to be less fresh produce, but likely be more home-baked goods, jams and other jarred items like pickles.

 

—Solomon Gustavo 

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