Opening day attracts hundreds to farmers market

Market organizers Craig Sharp, Andrea Doty and Tracy LeTourneau pose by the market’s sign.

Market organizers Craig Sharp, Andrea Doty and Tracy LeTourneau pose by the market’s sign.

It was an exciting opening day for the newly formed Waconia Farmers Market and market organizers couldn’t be more thrilled. More than 550 people visited the market, which is hosted by Terra Waconia and held at Municipal Lot #1 on 1st Street near the Dueber’s building, on the market’s first day on Saturday, June 15.

“It was a steady stream of people for the entire time,” said Andrea Doty, one of the organizers behind the Waconia Farmers Market. “There were over 150 people in the first hour. Most of the vendors sold out of their products before the noon close of the market.”

Vsitors look at the offerings of Broadfork Farm.

Vsitors look at the offerings of Broadfork Farm.

Doty noted that vendors Broadfork Farms & Buffalo Creek Creamery sold out of product completely with over 41 dozen organic eggs, rhubarb and more than 36 wheels of cheese. Green Olive Catering provided Bakery and sold out of fresh baked bread in the first hour, which represents more than 40 loaves.

“Tim and Rhonda Tesch provided a tasty cider marinade and dressing that went like wildfire,” Doty added. “The Pampered Pumpkin came with oodles of flowers, plants, and herbs and had bare shelves by the close of market. We could not have asked for more.”

People search for treasures at the Pampered Pumpkin booth.

People search for treasures at the Pampered Pumpkin booth.

On behalf of the Waconia Farmers Market, Doty thanked the community for coming to the market and showing its support.

“A special thanks to the city of Waconia for its assistance in securing and roping off the market area,” she said. “We also saw several members of the chamber shopping and showing support as well. The market had a great vibe with the live music, great vendors, shoppers, and sunshine.”

The Waconia Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from now through Oct. 26. As the season continues, organizers expect more vendors to participate the market and hopefully, reach the goal of 12 vendors. On June 22, visitors will see additional vendors, including Maui Waui (smoothies) and Willow Gardens (plants and flowers).

“We are planning to add in the very near future special events such as a kids educational booth, cooking demonstrations with take home recipes, and local author book signings just to name a few,” Doty said.

Organizers are still looking to add vendors such as artists, musicians, jams/jellies/pickles, honey and proteins (beef and chicken).

Anyone with questions or interest can contact the Waconia Farmers Market at farmmarket@terrawaconia.com or on Facebook at Waconia Farmers Market.

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