The pickings were slim, but Sarah Fournier of Woodbury still found some greens to purchase at the June 21 opening of the Cottage Grove Farmers Market.
The weekly market opened late this year due to a wintry spring. Some growers are still playing catch-up, market manager Kim Heilmann said, but she said she expects the number of produce vendors at the market to increase in coming weeks.
Market stalwarts Sandy and David Willmarth sold their fresh honey and homemade potholders from the back of their truck. The Cottage Grove couple lost all four of their hives due to the harsh winter; they've since bought new hives, Sandy Willmarth said.
The market runs 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, 7008 Lamar Ave., in Old Cottage Grove. Visitors can purchase fresh produce, locally sourced honey, cage free eggs, homemade jams, jellies and soap. Baked goods, fresh-grilled brats, hot dogs and ice cream cones are also available for purchase from the church. The Egg Roll Queen food truck will also be on site.