Farmer’s market in full swing [UPDATED]Published 9:13am Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Updated 11:15am Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The Pelican Rapids farmer’s market is not very big, but that doesn’t mean its vendors are not committed.
Norma Johnson arrives at 7:30 a.m. each Friday to get ready for the market. Her husband Donald helps her unpack the car and set up her table, which is stocked with homemade jellies, pickles and cookies and home-grown corn, among other treats.
“I have my regular customers that come every week and they know what I do and what I make,” Johnson said.
The farmer’s market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from June through October and is organized by the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Vendors set up their tables in front of businesses in the downtown area and pay a $20 fee each year to participate.
Johnson said business has been pretty steady this year, with her gingersnap and sugar cookies being her biggest sellers. Johnson has even taken cookie orders from community members when she is at home, sometimes baking twelve dozen for a hungry customer hosting a bridal shower.
“Whenever I have time, I’m doing something, it seems like,” Johnson said.
Earlyce Pladson bought a jar of Johnson’s chokecherry juice at the market Aug. 23, which she said has become an annual tradition. She also buys the juice for her grandchildren.
“It isn’t very often (that she comes to Johnson’s stand), but I come as much as I can,” Pladson said. “I love coming here.”
At the end of each Saturday, Johnson will take any leftovers from her table to the community food shelf.