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Lakes Area Farmers Market

This summer, the Lakes Area Farmers Market has a new home -- Peoples Park.

But, the season will kick off in the Detroit Lakes City Park, as it has in the past, and will move to the new location June 1.

The move is due to the city's expansion of its non-motorized recreation trail system through Detroit Lakes. By connecting sections that already exist, a new trail will be located through the city park, right where the farmers market had been located previously.

"I didn't want to get them in a situation mid-year and have to move them," Public Works Director Brad Green said.

The city has applied for two grants, one of which will connect the trail that will run through Essentia Health St. Mary's and Sanford Health campuses -- both being built in conjunction with the healthcare expansion projects -- next to the ballfield and between the rec center and playground area and through City Park, connecting to West Shore Drive and the beach.

Green said giving the farmers market a couple weeks in the City Park before the move to Peoples Park will give them time to get the word out to customers that they will be moving at the start of June.

With the influx in people wanting to buy locally grown foods and some even trying their hand at raising their own produce, the Lakes Area Farmers Market has grown this year from 30 to 40 members.

The market is open for business from 10 a.m. (no early sales) to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer and early fall months.

For sale is anything from fresh flowers to maple syrup, veggies to jellies, salsa to bread.

Venders come from a 60-mile radius around Detroit Lakes and their goods are required to be grown or produced at home.

Green said the new home in Peoples Park is a good move for the farmers market vendors and customers because there is plenty of parking and vendors can use both sides of the street that runs through the park. The new bathroom facilities will also be open. -- Pippi Mayfield