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Thursday, August 8, 2013 Tri- County News www.tricountynews, mn :: ~ii:: ~g: :: ~es~i ~~- ~:__ Pag 7 An opportunity to grow By Katelyn Asfeld, Ag writer Farmers markets can be a real treat for. the 6ommunity, with locals prov!ding a source of fresh produce and other crafts to their customers. Amy Sparks is one of the coordinators of the Annan- dale farmers market. She has been coordinating the market for six years and has been improving it each year. Amy originally started the mar- ket because she wanted access to different fruits and vegeta- bles that she didn't want to grow. She also wanted to do something for Annandale's downtown. Her desire for these things led her to create the farmers market located in the city hall square. By doing a farmers market, she is able to have a focus every week on historic downtown Annandale. Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, June through October, the farmers market sells a vari- ety of goods from bread, jams, baked goods, vegetables and fruits to soaps, jewelry and cloth- ing. The market provides vendors the opportunity to sell their local goods, and it creates a commu-. nity for its members to find sup- port and friendships. Visitors to the market are able to talk to local growers about their products. "I think there is a conversation that happens that never happens in a grocery store." Amy explained. "It ]farmers market] inspires people to think about growing their own food." The farmers market makes people think about where their food comes from and inspires oth- ers to try something new. "People start to-ask questions," Amy says, "It's a step closer to figuring out and being curious about where your food comes from." Before Amy started the farmers market in Annandale, she needed to learn more about them. She vis- ited other markets and asked the coordinators and vendors ques- tions about what worked and what One of the featured vendors at the Annandale Farmers Market is the bread company that is called Diamond City Bread from Elk River. The man pictured here was a substitute for the regular vendor of this stand. Staff photo by Katelyn Asfeld. didn't. Amy knew she wanted nity. Amy updates the Facebook quality and variety at the Annan- page and maintains the website. dale market. Amy envisioned hav- She designed the banner logo and ing the market on weekends to Sue created the banners'that Amy balance what works best for cus- designed. Sue and Amy are part of tomers and vendors in the area. the Annandale Arts and Culture She also wanted the market in the team with eight other people who heart of the city. She began mak- work on projects in the commu- ing the market a reality with a visit nity, but onlyAmy and Sue run the to the city council for permission, farmers market.. to use the parking lot in front of Vendors come from all over; city hall. She said she had to antic- areas include Kimball, Annan- ipate all the questions the coun- dale, South Haven, Fair Haven, cil would ask, so she came very Cokato and even St. Paul and Elk prepared. She then spoke to busi- River. Amy isn't too strict about nesses who share the parking what is local, she says if the ven- space, who were more than willing dors are from Minnesota it is local, to share in order to bring some- but Amymakes sure that the prod- thing new to the community, ucts vendors sell are theirs and not Amy does have help, Sue resold product. Thwing, is also a volunteer coordi- The vendors at the market are nator. As coordinators, both have very helpful to each other, "it's a to be at the market every Satur- community, they are really nice day to assist with setting up and people" explained Amy. She also tearing down. The two work with explained that it is important for vendors, collect vendor fees, run her to be flexible and listen to the a general store for vendors who vendors, and to be open-minded cannot be there every week, and about what can come to the mar- communicate with the commu- ket. Amy told me that thevendors are really hard workers, "but she finds it sad that most of, people's businesses cannot sustain every- body full time. Amy questions the sustainability of this form of agri- culture when some vendors aren't able to sustain themselves solely on what they produce for the mar- ket. Amy continues her research on other farmers markets and fs plan- ning to spice it up at the market. She would like to add entertain- ment and/or demonstrations to the market. Amy really hopes that local restaurants decide to buy produce at the market for their menus. Amy is also working on a farmer's market cookbook with recipes that feature produce from the market. Attendance is great at the market, Amy feels that there Kimball Saddle Club Show The Kimball Saddle Club will have their open horse show Sun- day, Aug. 11. This will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be at the Willow Creek Arena. You can find this 1 and 1/4 miles southwest of Kim- ball. Watch for signs. Join them for a fun day! are more people attending now . Couples Night who aren't just from Annandale. Saturday, Aug. 17. The farmers market has a bright future ahead of it. Kimball Golf Club August events The Kimball Days Scramble is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. is at 5:30 p.m. CRAFTS S ool House with children's activities Olson's Barn: collection of horse-drawn equip. , Wagon Rides by Prairie Percherons , Craftsmen in each bui[ding in Historic Forest City All our regular Pioneer Craft Demonstrations "The Chapel" by Willis Chase, Print Sho For complete Stockade history & information: www.forestcityatockade.org 64th Annual Cokato Corn Carnival By Cokato Corn Please note that there will be no Carnival Committee free corn-on-the-cob served Mon- The 64th Annual Cokato Cornday evening. Carnival will be Monday through Tuesday, Aug. 13, activi- Wednesday, Aug. 12-14. Anumber ties begin at noon when the of activities are planned to provide midway and rides open. Food enjoyment and entertainmentstands will also be open begin- for the entire family in the heart ning in the afternoon. Registra- of downtown Cokato, at Peterson tion for the children's prize draw- Park. ings runs from noon to 3 p.m., Events begin on Sunday, with drawings at 3:15 p.m. You Aug. 11, with- a community-wide must be present to win the Chil- ecumenical worship service at dren's Prize drawing. Information 7 p.m. on the main stage in Peter- stands and button sales begin at son Park. 12:30 p.m. Bingo starts at Monday, Aug. 12, brings thel:30p.m.TheFriendsoftheCokato ' parades and stage entertainment. Librarywillhost their annual book The Kiddie parade begins at 6 p.m. sale from 2-7 p.m. in the Centen- In a change from previous years nial Room of the library/museum for the Kiddie parade, there are building. Free corn-on-the-cob is no formal categories, entrants are served from the Corn Stand from encouraged" to be as creative as 4-9 p.m. The culmination of the they want. Please be mindful that day will be the 66th Annual Miss no motorized vehicles - including Cokato Coronation ceremony, 'riding lawn mowers - are permit- on the main stage, beginning at ted. All Kiddie Parade participants 8 p.m. Seven candidates are vying will receive participation prizes, for the title of Miss Cokato and two including complimentary ride princesses. Introduction of visit- tickets for the Midway. The main ing royalty, farewells from reign- parade will follow immediate!y ing royalty, and the crowning of after the conclusion of the Kiddie the 2013-14 royalty are part of the parade, ceremony. Following the conclusion ofWednesday, Aug. 14, activities the parades will be entertainment also begin in the afternoon with by Dassel-Cokato H.S. graduate, the children's prize drawings but- Rachel Kurtz, on the main stage, ton sales, bingo, midway and rides, sponsored by the Cokato Ministe- and food stands. Registration for rim Association. The food stands the children's prize drawings runs and midway rides in the park will from noon to 3 p.m., with draw- also be open Monday evening, ings at 3:15 p.m. From 2-3 p.m. local dance students entertain on the stage. The Cokato Library book sale contingms also, from 2-7 p.m. Free corn-on-the-cob runs again from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday evening's enter- tainment schedule begins with the Mid-Minnesota Concert Band at 7 p.m. Beginning at 8, in a return engagement from last year, is Divas Through the Decades, a fun and energetic look at some of the most well-known female vocalists of the last seven decades. The finaleof the carnival arrives at 10 p.m., Wednesday, with the d awing for the cash prizes ($1,000, $1,500, and $2,500; along with seven $50 alternate prizes) and the separate drawing for 2013 Ford Fusion. Carnival attendees are encour- aged to purchase $3 raffle tickets to be eligible for the cash prize draw- ings and to receive the free corn- on-the-cob, served from 4-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets for the drawing of the Fusion are still available. Those interested in purchasing a ticket should contact Darlene Larson at Holt Tours, (320) 286-5315. Cost per ticket is $100. For a complete summary of car- nival activities and lots of fun facts. about past carnivals and Cokato royalty, visit the official carnival web site: www.cokato.mn.us, and click on "Corn Carnival". Saturday & Sunday August 17=18, 2013 Featuring MINNESOTA MINN-E-RODS