Farmer's Markets Growing in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed this week as Farmers Market Week in Minnesota.

The week is dedicated to celebrating the benefits of farmers markets and the products they provide.

Farmer's Markets in Duluth have grown in popularity.

"I think there's a huge trend now to try to get back to nature and be a little more conscience of what you're putting in to your body," said Darlene Marshall.

Darlene Marshall, special events coordinator for the Greater Downtown Council, has spearheaded the efforts to bring the market into Duluth. She says it is a great opportunity for consumers to buy locally and put their money back into the local economy.

"You get to meet the people who are giving you your food and second you're helping to sustain them," said Marshall.

And there is an array of colors and nutritious food options

"You are getting fresh wholesome produce probably picked that morning for a price comparable with your grocery store or sometimes less," said Marshall.

Doug Hoffbauer has been growing his own food for 35 years and has been a vendor at Farmer's Market's all over Duluth. He says there is a personal feel to having quality farm products.

"You can get a custom product. You can get people to grow something you want whether it's a certain pepper or a certain tomato. You really can't go into a Walmart and say Geez, I really want you to grow that," said Farmer Doug Hoffbauer.

Hoffbauer says that the fresh and locally grown food could mean a healthier lifestyle for many.

"You're getting away from all of the processed foods. You're getting away from a lot of those names that you can't pronounce on the label and that means a lot to some people," said Hoffbauer.

He estimates that only five to ten percent of consumers visit a Farmer's Market, leaving 90% of people still going to the grocery store for their fresh fruits, veggies and produce. It's a number that Hoffbauer hopes to see change in the future.

"Healthy food, healthier people, healthier communities, more productive communities," said Hoffbauer.

Proving that a farmer's Market is a buyer's market.

The Downtown Farmer's Market runs every Tuesday from 11 am to 1.
For a complete list of markets in the area, click HERE

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati