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Both DL farmers markets open Saturday

A sure sign that spring has finally sprung for the lakes area is the fact that not one, but two local farmers markets are set to open their gates this Saturday, May 18 in Detroit Lakes.

The Detroit Lakes Farmers Market has a new location this year, on the east lawn of the historic railroad depot on the northwest corner of Highway 10 and Washington Avenue.

Organizer Oscar Birkeland said his group decided to relocate to a more visible location this year, after setting up shop in the parking lot of the Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store for the past couple of summers.

Meanwhile, the Lakes Area Farmers Market will continue to be located in Peoples Park behind Zorbaz, where it relocated a couple of years ago from its former home in City Park.

Both markets will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays this summer, with the DL Farmers Market running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days, through the last Saturday in September.

The Lakes Area Farmers Market is trying out some new hours this summer, said organizer Annmarie Lacher.

Though its Saturday hours will still be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Tuesdays, the market will offer “split hours,” with one group of vendors participating from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and another group from 4 to 7 p.m., Lacher said.

“Some vendors will come back in the evening, but for the most part it will be a different group,” she said.

The split hours will not only open up the market for more vendors who are unable to be there during the day on Tuesdays, but will also offer more convenient hours for customers to stop in on their way home from work, Lacher added.

“We will also have food demonstrations again this year,” she said, though the dates for those demonstrations have not yet been finalized.

The relocation of the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market, meanwhile, will have the added benefit being located next to the Depot, a local transportation hub which houses not only a Native American gift shop, but also a small café that offers sandwiches, soups, iced coffee, shakes, malts and ice cream sundaes.

“We also sell wild rice and honey,” said Depot manager Mary Seaberg.

In addition, the Depot offers a meeting room that is available for small group meetings and social gatherings, she said. 

The Depot is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Farmers market customers are more than welcome to come in and check out the beautifully restored, historic Northern Pacific railroad passenger depot that was built back in 1908, Seaberg added.

Besides a new location, the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market also has a new website, Birkeland said, located at

Though still under development, the website does list the market’s hours, location, and the types of products it offers.

Those products include not only seasonal, fresh produce, grown locally, but also environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, quality crafts made by local artisans, homemade jams and jellies, organic herbal teas, homemade maple syrup and bakery products.

“We’ll also have some fresh meats, some bedding plants, and Georgia pecans,” said Birkeland, noting that he’s been busy shelling the pecans himself, by hand.

For more information on the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market, call Birkeland at 218-334-5307, or The Depot at 218-844-5212.

As you might expect, fresh fruits and veggies are also a staple of the Lakes Area Farmers Market, which offers “a wide variety of locally raised produce and meat, honey, soaps, potted plants, rugs and other crafts, and a variety of baked items,” according to Lacher.

New to the market this year, she added, is a vendor with a professional baking kitchen that will be used to produce fresh lefse, cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods for sale.

“We also have a pork vendor that’s new this year, and another new vendor selling soap,” Lacher said.

The Lakes Area Farmers Market also has its own website,, that includes directions to its location, hours of operation and vendor information, including registration forms.

More information is available by calling Dave Norman, 218-483-3104, or sending an e-mail to

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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