The Redwood Falls Farmers Market opened for the season July 11. For the next 15 weeks, the market, which is located in the parking lot at Second and Washington streets in downtown Redwood Falls, will be open every Tuesday from 2-6 p.m. and each Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.

According to Cathy Balderston of Olivia, who is helping to coordinate the local farmers market, the local program is being supported by local vendors. 

“There are 10 vendors who have signed up,” she said, adding there is always room for more.

The cost to become a vendor for the season is $75, said Balderston.

Area organizations, such as the University of Minnesota Extension Service SNAP-ED community program, the Redwood Area Food Shelf, United Community Action Partnership and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), are all involved in helping to make the farmers market a success for the community.

Balderston added the market, which is open next July 15, can accept EBT cards, as well as credit and debit cards from those who visit.

Through the use of EBT cards, the public that is eligible is able to purchase locally grown and made items for consumption.

“Anything that is edible can be purchased at the farmers market using an EBT card,” said Balderston.

Balderston, who has her own garden north of Olivia, said she has been part of the Redwood Falls Farmers Market since it opened 10 years ago, and she has been bringing her produce to farmers markets in the area – to also include Olivia and Wilmar – for 19 years.

At the first farmers market of the season, she was offering everything from dill to zucchini at her booth, but Balderston added that will change as the season goes along.

Everything from fresh vegetables to canned goods, as well as baked goods, flowers and crafts are all available for sale at the local farmers market. There are opportunities for the public to help out as volunteers during the farmers market event held twice each week.

Anyone who wants to learn more about volunteering is encouraged to stop by the market and talk with representatives from the groups which are helping out at the farmers market.

Those who are interested in becoming a vendor this season are encouraged to contact Balderston by calling (320) 522-1043.