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Two farm markets will operate this season in the region

At least two farmers markets will greet Park Rapids area guests this summer, in addition to the usual produce stands up and down Highway 34.

The Farmers Market that has traditionally been downtown has split into two groups, said new manager Carol Ashley.

The vendors had differences about what they wanted to sell, who to include and how to price their wares. Some also had concerns about selling uncovered produce near the Main Avenue construction site with work slated to start this summer.

Seven to eight of the vendors will remain in Pioneer Park on Main Avenue Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, Ashley said.

Wednesdays the market will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ashley said the vendors will try to address past concerns that the produce was always sold out by 10 a.m. Saturday.

Carter's Farm Market will join the downtown group this year for the first time, Ashley said.

In addition to produce, there will be baked goods. The market will open May 29, Ashley said.

Meanwhile, an equal number of the original vendors, calling themselves the Local Farm Market, are located Mondays at Summerhill Farm north of Park Rapids on Highway 71.

That group began selling May 10. The hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., said Summerhill owner Eileen Reish.

"There will be baked goods, produce when it comes in, homemade noodles" and handmade items, Reish said.

Eva Fritz, manager of that group, said the market will be in front of the Itasca Naturopathic Clinic on Highway 34 across from Pizza Hut two days a week beginning May 22.

The Farm Market will sell at that location Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After June 1 that group will also spend Thursdays at the Summerset Outdoor Flea Market on Highway 34 east from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fritz said that group will feature Amish goods from Wolf Lake, crafts, native wild rice and maple syrup in addition to produce.

Both groups will sell until the crops are gone or weather forces them to stop in the fall.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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