North Prairie Farmers Market returns

Submited Photo North Prairie Farmers Market president AriAnna Wingenbach, plans to be present during the return of the North Prairie Farmers Market, Saturday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the corner of 3rd Avenue SW and 1st Street SW.

With the summer season in full bloom, the aroma of fresh produce and seasonal flowers will be featured at the North Prairie Farmers Market, located at the corner of 3rd Avenue SW and 1st Street SW downtown.

Throughout Minot, the North Prairie Farmers Market is considered a summer attraction in which patrons and vendors enjoy both popular meats and produce as well as newly added flowers and fruits.

Starting Saturday, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., the 11th year of the North Prairie Farmers’ Market will return to the Magic City.

Marvin Baker, the past president of the North Prairie Farmers Market, expressed great enthusiasm about the upcoming season.

“It feels great to be starting again,” Baker said. “People can expect more vendors and a lot more variety. Last year, garden peas, potatoes, garlic, onions, brassicas and a vendor who sold flowers were very popular. This year, we have a guy from Maxbass selling mushrooms, there’s going to be packages of frozen beef and we’re going to have shrubs.”

According to Baker, vendors from all over the state are excited to feature their meats, produce and flowers.

“We have a couple from Harvey, who grow a lot of produce and there is a guy from Bismarck, who’s going to be selling beef,” Baker said.

For patrons seeking organic products, North Star Farms and Prairie Rose Organic Farms will be available throughout the summer.

Along with the increased variety of produce, meats and flowers, leadership within the North Prairie Farmers Market has changed.

Currently, Susan Connell is serving as the general manager while AriAnna Wingenbach is the president of North Prairie Farmers Market.

As a new season begins for the popular farmers market, Baker is confident that Connell and Wingenbach have the energy and vision to maintain the communities trust.

“Years ago, there was a Levi’s commercial that said ‘Quality never goes out of style,'” Baker said. “It’s true, people will always look for quality products. The products are fresh, locally grown and almost all of it will be out of the field for 24 hours or less. Nothing against the grocers but they just can’t beat that.”