Duluth Farmer's Market Turns 100

By KBJR News 1

August 13, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 8:38 AM CDT

Duluth has a lot of historical charm, but who would have thought even the place where you buy your groceries has a story to tell?

Today, the Duluth Farmers market celebrated it's 100th anniversary.

Since 1911, local farmers have come together to sell their locally grown goods.

Today, the big day was marked with live music, free samples, and even a speech from Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor.

A spokesperson for the Duluth Farmers market says she believes the market on 3rd Street and 14th Avenue East to be the oldest market in all of Minnesota.

"100 years ago before streets and roads actually got improved in Minnesota, it was a local event where people would bring all their produce. People still wanted to buy locally. It wasn't as readily available in the grocery stores as it is now so this is what precipitated it," says the Chairperson of the Duluth Farmers Market Lois Hoffbauer.

The narrow red building that currently houses the market is also something of a landmark. According to Lois, it was moved from the old location at 6th Avenue East 57 years ago.

"This building is quite old. They may have started selling just out of the backs of their trucks to begin with and then put up the building because we need the building with the weather here," says Lois.

At the beginning of the day, Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon gave a proclamation and declared this week "farmers market week" in Minnesota.

"She had a great time, and it really impressed her how busy we are and what a great little market this is," says Lois.

The Duluth Farmer's Market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon.

Written for the web by Courtney Godfrey