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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Farmers Markets

From: rep.ron.shimanski@house.leg.state.mn.us
To: rep_ron_shimanski_list@ww3.house.leg.state.mn.us
Sent: 9/2/2009 10:02:58 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Representative Shimanski's September 2nd Update
Dear Friends:

This is prime season for our area farmers markets and a growing number
of people look to buy their fruits and vegetables locally. Farmers
markets allow customers to pick produce at the peak of flavor and
preserve the freshness and nutritional value.

The markets also stimulate the local economy by providing area family
farmers with a larger share of each dollar spent than other retailers.
I am the owner/operator of an apple orchard and know first-hand how much
area farmers appreciate your support.

The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture puts out a Minnesota Grown directory
each year. You can obtain a free copy at the McLeod County Extension
Service office in Hutchinson, 840 Century Ave. S.W. You also may order
a directory by calling (651) 201-6000 or by logging on to
www3.mda.state.mn.us/mngrown. The Web site includes information like a
what is-in-season chart.

Local farmers markets will close in October. Here is where you can
find public markets in the area:

Glencoe Farmers Market: 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 8 to 11 a.m.
Saturdays through Oct. 3; 1107 11th St. More information is at

Hutchinson Farmers Market: 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to noon
Saturdays through October; parking lot of VFW service club, 247 First
Ave. S.E.

Silver Lake Farmers Market: 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays until mid-October;
State Hwy. 7.

Winsted Farmers Market: 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays ending in October; 211
McLeod Ave.

Also, many supermarkets carry local products and you can look for the
“Minnesota Grown” label if you are unable to visit a farmers

Enjoy the season,

State Rep. Ron Shimanski
District 18A
227 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155

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