by Dennis Dalman
“Market Monday,” which opened the growing season in Sartell May 14, offered an abundance of springtime produce and many hand-crafted items.
Market Monday debuted in Sartell last spring and, like last year, the hours are from 3-6:30 p.m. every Monday, including Memorial Day and Labor Day.
May 14 was warm and sunny as visitors to the market browsed and chatted with the 15 vendors who displayed their products in Pinecone Regional Park near the Bernick’s Arena. Children enjoyed activities that included rock painting and planting pea seeds. Hundreds of children made a special trip to the market, thanks to the MOMS Club of Sauk Rapids/Sartell.
“It’s been a perfect day,” said Amy Braig-Lindstrom of Sartell, creator and coordinator of Market Monday. “I couldn’t have ordered better weather for our opening day.”
Among the products for sale Monday were eggs, preserves, rhubarb, asparagus, radishes, egg rolls, coffee and tea, three vendors of artisan breads and variety meats that included beef, pork and lamb – from both organically raised and grass-fed animals.
As the market progresses through the summer and into October, there will be an ever-changing variety of fresh, locally produced foods available.