Lincoln Park farmers market sells everything from potatoes to cookiesFrom the ribbon cutting on June 20 to the weekly visits from vendors and customers every Thursday after, the Lincoln Park farmers market continues to grow their business.
By: Clara Hatcher, Duluth Budgeteer News
From the ribbon cutting on June 20 to the weekly visits from vendors and customers every Thursday after, the Lincoln Park farmers market continues to grow their business.
The farmers market, located on 3002 West Third Street at the Harrison Community Center, was started with collaboration from the Fair Food Action Campaign, Healthy Duluth Area Coalition, Duluth Community Garden Program, and CHUM. Their funding is through Blue Cross, and a seed grant from the McKnight Foundation.
“It was started as a way to connect with neighbors and increase food access in Lincoln park,” said Sarah Lee. “We placed it on Third Street because we thought that it would have easy access and good connections to the neighborhood.”
Lee is the marketing manager for Community Action Duluth. She said that she anchors the whole thing and makes sure that everything is running properly with the customers and vendors.
The farmers market will be up and running selling everything from potatoes to cookies from now through mid-October.
“It is a huge opportunity to sell local food to people in the neighborhood and community and to have the connection between grower and consumer,” continued Lee. “It’s for the whole community and it’s a good spot for families to come shop and for people to meet local food producers.”
Multiple vendors have stepped up to offer their goods since the ribbon cutting in June. Gnarfoodz, Peterson’s Farms, Positively 3rd Street Bakery, Angelo Hoffman, Starbelly Industries, and Gary Gagnon are all frequent vendors at the market.
Another frequent produce provider is Johnny B. Green Enterprises, run by John Eaton.
“The name is actually a half-joke,” said Eaton. “I actually work for Northern Harvest Farms and they basically just gave me my own land to plant the garden, so I just bring produce from my own spot.”
Eaton has been growing for, to use the gardener’s term, “three seasons” now. He started a position at Seeds of Success after being awarded a grant for his work, then continued to grow until he ended up working for Northern Harvest Farms.
His “small” garden contains potatoes, corn, beans, squash, onions, radishes, beets, peas, kale, broccoli and some other vegetables that he could not think of on the spot.
“Providing for a farmers market is something that I have wanted to do; when I wasn’t sure if I could do it this year or not, Sarah [Lee] gave me a push,” said Eaton. “It’s a great thing to get involved in because it is an up-and-coming farmers market and I would like to do it again next year.”
Eaton explained that he had been thinking of this year as a practice round, and that he hoped to continue to grow and expand his crops to pursue the market more seriously for next season.
The Lincoln Park farmers market will be open every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Vendors accept cash, debit and credit cards, and food support and will match EBT dollar for dollar.
“I am very happy with my choice of getting into the farming business and participating in the farmers market,” said Eaton. “I feel like I am providing a service for people and I feel like it is something that is really growing.”