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Continued: Farmers markets feed demand for local food

  • Article by: JAKE LAXEN , St. Cloud Times
  • Last update: May 26, 2014 - 7:23 PM

Fresh vegetables remain the most popular attraction at farmers markets.

Generally, the busiest time is right when the markets open.

“People want that first pick of the produce,” said Keith Schellinger, who sells pure maple syrup at the St. Cloud market.

Because of the long winter, most of the vegetables are behind schedule this year.

But once they start crowding the stands, the central Minnesota farmers markets are expecting another encouraging selling season.

“We are glad to get it going again,” said Ron Neumann, who brings his produce from Neumann Farms in Osceola, Wis., to the farmers market in Sartell, Minn. “It seems to be growing all the time. The markets were very, very active throughout last year.”

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