As reported by the Pilot Independent on June 9th, 2015
Opening day at Green Scene’s Walker Community Farmer’s Market begins bright and early with fresh locally roasted coffee brewing, quiche-baking and canopies going up for the season June 18.
Vendors arrive at the market from all directions in the region; there is excitement in the air as they greet each other and the market patrons with hugs and salutations after a long winter spell.
At 9 a.m. the market opens and vendor booths are filled with locally grown produce, varieties of fresh-baked bread, pies, and specialty desserts, locally-roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel confections, jams, preserves, honey and syrup, fresh flowers, artisan jewelry and collectibles, chemical-free personal care items, healing salves, and much more.
Four year alumni market vendors, the Stauffer, arrive with their locally-grown preserves, maple syrup, and honey.
Local artisan and wood fired oven baker, Linnea Dietrich, along with local artisan bakers Joe Razidlo and Peggy Schmitke, display their varieties of fresh baked breads.
Five-year alumni market vendors Sandy and Paul Gilbertson of Armstrong Acres arrive with their famous “Over the Rim” bars, fresh open-range poultry and local produce.
Hege Gardens, Molnar Gardens, Balsam Marsh Gardens and several other vendors offer a wide variety of locally-grown produce.
Frequent shoppers at the market are in anticipation of opening day and share what the market means to them.
“I go to the market for the great atmosphere, the variety the vendors have to offer, live entertainment and of course Melanie Rice’s famous cream-filled chocolate cupcakes,” said Mary Andrus.
“I enjoy the quality and unique type of vendors that come to the market as well as the delicious ready to eat foods that are available while shopping,” noted Tamara Pederson.
“Walker Farmer’s Market is where we consistently shop to stock up for the week. The vendors are passionate about the products they sell and are always willing to share their knowledge of farming. Fresh eggs, free range poultry, local honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies as well as healing balms and chemical free body care are available along with in-season fruits, vegetables and greens,” said Theresa Bilben. “The fresh roasted coffee beans pair perfect with Mel’s specialty cream filled ganache-draped cupcakes, hand-crafted breads, granola, pies, chocolates and deserts are also a favorite. It’s my every Thursday breakfast spot where I dine outside to live music and meet up with family and friends. A shout out of gratitude to Green Scene and Charlie Thompson for hosting in their green space.”
Danielle Smith added, “As consumers, many of us have become separated from our food sources. I admire the Green Scene’s continuous efforts to engage and connect community members with local farmers and vendors”
“Green Scene’s Walker Community Farmer’s Market is a unique atmosphere that welcomes and embraces people of all ages and backgrounds. Vendors are knowledgeable and helpful, without being aggressive in their sales techniques. There is a sense of camaraderie between the shoppers as they enjoy shopping, listening to live music, and the pleasant, easy to access, location. Green Scene Farmer’s Market feels a bit like a family reunion where you honestly LIKE the crazy ‘relatives’ you’re surrounded by,” said Stacy Christianson.
Phil and Sandy Lavoi love the farmer’s market. “It is a great way to meet people who grow the produce we buy. Last but not least we really enjoy having breakfast made by Green Scene, sitting outside at the market, listening to great music and chatting with friends. We look forward to the market every Thursday.”