Blue skies, sunshine and brisk temperatures greeted residents as they slowly meandered through the vendors and admired brightly colored vegetables and asked questions about baked goods, pottery and syrup. The vendors were set up and ready for customers in front of Premier Theater in Cloquet on Saturday, June 20.
The Carlton County Farmers Market is back at both Cloquet and Carlton locations. Vendors will be set up at 8 a.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of Premier Theater, 904 Minnesota Highway 33 South. It's open from 9 a.m. to noon.
The market also sets up Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m in the Four Seasons Sports Complex parking lot, 90 Chestnut Ave., Carlton.
The market has partnered with Carlton County for the “One Vegetable, One Community” project, an initiative that aims to bring the community together around food, healthy eating and healthy communities. The goal is to inspire and rally the community around growing and preparing a single vegetable. The 2019 featured vegetable is the carrot.
This season, the market offers Market Mouse, a game for children ages 4-10. A small plush animal is hidden among the wares of a different vendor at each market. The first child to find the elusive mouse receives $2 in Market Bucks.
Vendors offer a variety of produce and homemade goods. Vibrant greens and bright-red radishes fill baskets; unique jam flavors like carrot rhubarb or ginger rhubarb can be found next to Timothy G. Riley’s pottery stand.
Riley has been making pottery for 20 years and selling at a farmers market for 10 years. He is quick to demonstrate how a fitted cover holds butter and the bottom of the piece is for water to keep the butter cool. He also makes a teapot where the cover becomes a cup.
Bread in the Meadow sells baskets of bread made from ingredients like cranberry, wild rice and honey wheat. Display cases showcase chocolate croissants and salted dark chocolate cupcakes.
New this year is Cloquet’s John Babineau with his Wood City Maple Syrup. Another vendor offers gluten-free goodies, including a variety of cookies and cinnamon rolls.
As the summer advances, other fruit, vegetables and flowers will make their appearances.
SNAP/EBT cards are accepted. For more information about the Carlton County Farmers Market, visit carltoncountyfarmersmarket.com.