Welcome to the Fergus Falls Farmers Market
We are pleased to be heading into a new season for the Fergus Falls Farmers Market. Each and every year, we grow and we expect another fantastic season.
Something new in 2016 was our Winter Market which allowed a number of our vendors to continue selling over the winter and kept customers coming back. This was our first year doing a Winter Market and everyone seems pleased. Although, we’re all ready for warmer weather and the chance to get outside again.
There are a number of programs in the works for the 2016 Season, we’ll be doing more Kids Days, conducting more food demonstrations, offering more entertainment and of course, adding more vendors.
Our 2016 season will again be two days each week — Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. If you’re looking to become a vendor, click here.
June through October
Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Wednesdays 2pm – 5:30pm
About Our Market
Our market boasts both farmers and artisans, as well as a selection of bakers and honey, syrup and jam producers. On any given market day, you can shop your way from beet pickles to handbags; tomatoes to birdhouses; squash to grass-fed meats; from coffee and a pastry to handmade jewelry…and just about anything else you might not even know you were looking for.
During the peak summer season, you can meal plan at the market. we’ve got the produce, meats and bread, even eggs now and then (although you need to get there early for eggs).
Our Market Booth, manned by market board members, is always brimming with great information, recipes, the occasional food demo, SNAP benefits information, frequent shopper cards, and much more.
Due to the support of the community, we’ve grown substantially since 2012. That year, we had a handful of vendors mostly during the peak of the season. Some of those folks are still with us today and we appreciate their loyalty as the market has expanded.
During the 2013 Season, our market really started getting some legs as we added vendors offering an expanded array of goods. In 2014, we expanded to a second day (Wednesday) in response to demand for a weekday market. Last season, we moved the Wednesday market to the same location. We also brought in more arts and entertainment in 2015 which helped us build on the sense of community that we think the market brings to the area. The Community Table (also established in 2015) offers representatives from various organizations in the community to participate in the market in advance of a special event, or simply to get the word out about their services.
We can’t wait to see what the 2016 Season brings.
Our Hosts, Sponsors and Volunteers
We are eternally grateful for the generosity of the Otter Tail County Historical Society for use of their lawn and parking area to host our market days. One of the best ways we can think of to thank them for offering us this location is to frequent the museum and support them through donations and your participation in their programs.
We are also grateful for the generous support of our Market Sponsors (some of whom prefer to remain anonymous). A market such as ours is run by volunteers — people who do this for the love of seeing a community come together and enjoy our fresh, lively and local market.
And in the interest of helping our vendors profit, we don’t charge exorbitant booth fees, so we rely on the contribution of local sponsors to help us run the “business side” of the market. We’ve got fees and memberships, licenses and signs, supply costs and website fees. We appreciate those who support our market through their monetary and in-kind donations.
Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Click here for the information you’ll need to get started.
Meet Our Vendors
The market vendors are the heart of our market. After all, where would we be without them? Growers who responsibly plant and harvest tasty fruits and vegetables, farmers who tend to their laying hens or beef cattle, artisans who spend long hours crafting the special pieces offered for sale each week, and our bakers, jam/jelly and candy makers who spend hours in their kitchens to bring us their fresh goods to enjoy.
Each market day, we offer our community booth to area groups to promote an upcoming local event, educate the market-goers about their group, or some other sort of informative endeavor.
Garden groups, service groups, local government and health partnerships have all made use of our community booth at one time or another.
Sign-ups for each week must be done in advanced and arranged with the board.
If you have an upcoming event, or group that you think might fit, please feel free to contact us.
For more information, see Community Programs.
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter and you’ll be sure to be “in the know” about our market. We promise not to spam you. You’ll simply receive a weekly email during the peak of the season letting you know what is going on at the market that week. During the off-season (and our winter season) the frequency of emails is less and you can unregister easily at anytime. Register here to keep up with weekly market news.
We try our best to get photos snapped each week of our vendors, their goods, and of course, our fantastic market customers. Click here for a collection of photos from past seasons. More to come in 2016!