A change of venue was announced Monday for the debut of the Winter Farmers’ Market in Sartell.
It will open inside Sartell City Hall at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The market will close that day at 1 p.m.
The city hall is located at 125 Pinecone Road.
The other three winter market days will also take place at city hall. Those times and dates are from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5; Saturday, Feb. 3; and Sunday, March 3.
The Winter Farmers’ Market operator and organizer, Amy Braig-Lindstrom, said she is happy about the new venue, which the city staff suggested. Originally, the city council had approved, upon Braig-Lindstrom’s request, the golf course club house as a temporary site for a winter farmers’ market.
Braig-Lindstrom said the first thing people want to know about a winter market is what kinds of products could be for sale in the dead of winter. She likes to give them a list of products: root vegetables, meats (pork, chicken, beef), eggs, dried herbs, canned goods, fudge and Christmas cookies, sunflower oil, jams and jellies, peanut brittle, lefse, tea, coffee beans and ice-coffee concentrate, popcorn, scones, candies, pottery wood crafts and recycled items.
Two years ago, Braig-Lindstrom started a summer-and-fall farmers’ market in Sartell, located next to the Bernick’s Arena. She has a wide-ranging background in farmers’ markets from her years of living in Iowa, the American Southwest and upstate New York.
A relative newcomer to Sartell, Braig-Lindstrom, who is an expert potter, was elected to the Sartell City Council in November and will take her seat at the first meeting of the new year, Jan. 14.