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Farmers’ market relocates to fairgrounds

If they know it at all, most people probably know the Dakota County Agricultural Society as the group that puts on the county fair each year. At its core, though, the group exists to promote agriculture.

So when ag society board member Mark Henry heard the city of Farmington was talking about discontinuing its popular summer farmers’ market, he figured the event was a natural fit for the fairgrounds.

“We have the perfect spot down there on Third Street,” Henry said. “It should work out beautiful.”

The market, which starts June 9, will run from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. nearly every Thursday through Sept. 29. There will not be a market Aug. 11 during the fair. Vendors will set up shop along the paved Third Street entrance to the fairgrounds. There will be parking nearby.

“The access is going to be beautiful,” Henry said. “The wide, paved street and the shaded area. The parking. It should be perfect.”

There will be a number of special events during the run of the market. Dakota County Master Gardeners will be on site to answer questions June 16 and 30, July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 8. Farmington firefighters will bring their trucks and other equipments out for one of the markets, though a date hasn’t been set yet, and fair manager Kristine Smith is working on finding a day for police officers to come out.

As of last week there were 16 vendors confirmed for the market, including several newcomers. They will sell herbs, popcorn, eggs, apples, breads, barbecue sauce and, of course, produce, among other things. Most of the vendors are local.

“I think it will be a very good farmers’ market,” Smith said. “It’s coming along really well. Everyone seems excited.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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