The Farmer's Market at Hanging Horn Village is a community marketplace started by and lovingly cared for by Sue Jordan and Sarah Erickson. You'll find us here every Saturday - all summer long. Here's the dirt:
Village Farmer's Market
Every Saturday from Memorial Day until MEA Weekend (3rd weekend in October)
Noon - 3pm
Most commonly asked questions:
Why did you start the Farmer's Market? Lots of reasons! How many of you gardeners have a bumper crop of fresh ripe produce, and much more than you can possibly consume yourself? I want those beauties for my restaurant customers, for my family's dinner table, and I know there are others out there who want it too. There are people that come up to their cabins and they'd prefer "fresh from the garden" over bought at home and packed in the car for a trip "up north". I want to buy a neighbor's pumpkins instead of giving my money to Walmart. I'm not a fanatic about organic, but I do feel more comfortable knowing where my purchases are coming from. I want to support my local community. Do I need to keep going?
Can you find enough offerings to open up a market in the early spring? We had that question too. Minnesota doesn't harvest much in the spring - berries, summer's are short, and the fall is limited to root veggies, apples, and pumpkins. Fortunately, we were thrilled to find that there is much more to Minnesota than sweet corn and tomatoes! Here's just a bit of what we've found: Fabulous artisan cheeses like those from Green Pastures in Carlton - in our own backyard, organic and whole wheat flour from Swany in Freeport, Goat Cheese from Kimball, Tomatoes and Live Lettuce (with roots still intact for a longer shelf life) from hot houses in Owatonna.
Who are the vendors and what can be found at the Market? Our farmer's market is not your standard market. We have "live" music, a bit of beer and wine, fresh baked breads, produce (you knew that one), but other stuff too. We have some gifted artists and craftsmen in our community, so we've invited them to share their wares. We've had a jewelry maker (bracelets from vintage silver flatware), agates, handmade bags and wood carved treasures, beautiful quilts, vintage lamps, log furniture, perennials, bulbs, annuals......and on and on!
Anything to eat? I'm always cooking up samples of new items we're selling. Last week we had Lingonberry Crepes $1, Provencal Pistou Soup $2, Caprese Tomatoes $1, and free samples of Port Salut Cheese. The week before we had Asparagus Soup with Coconut Milk $2, Strawberry Crepes $1, Broccolini and Baby Bok Choy Pasta with Garlic & Parmesan $3, free samples of purple mashed potatoes, fresh Mint Juleps $3, and free samples of Brie Cheese and French Bread. Next week, we'll have a grass-fed beef (lower in cholesterol) from a farm in Cannon Falls.
Is there anything for the kids? Oh, yes! Bring them out for the music. There aren't too many places our kids can get a chance to see "live" music and its free. If the wind doesn't kick up, we have a bonfire, smores and hotdogs. They can use the beach, but it is unsupervised - no babysitters or lifeguards! As long as they behave, this is a fun safe place for the older kids to hang out. We've had face painting, paint ball target shooting, and the "Book Store" was created and is staffed entirely by 2 ten year old young ladies - our daughters.
If I want to sell something at the Farmer's Market, what is involved and how much will it cost me? All you have to do is call us and let us know you are coming and what you plan to sell. (If we've already got 8 booths with pumpkins, that should be enough.) There is no cost, just bring your own table and chair. The show goes on RAIN or SHINE, so plan accordingly. Portable tents or canopies are great for rain and blazing sun. When you arrive, we'll let you know where to set up - nothing on the grass please. We give special consideration to vendors that commit to the whole season. We'll let you know where to park. There are restrooms in the main restaurant. Don't plan to store anything here from week to week. Water, electricity, etc. would have to be worked out with us in advance and a fee may be involved. You can give tasting samples of whatever you are selling, but no food/concessions can be sold by any vendor - that's our deal. We feel this is "win-win" for everyone involved, but there can sometimes be a spoiler. We do reserve the right to pull the plug on anyone that doesn't play nice. We have an abundance of good karma here at the Village.
I'm a musician and I'd like to perform at your Farmer's Market. How do I proceed? We use our stage at the Farmer's Market for a couple different things:
~ To provide entertainment for our Farmer's Market customers.
~ To give musicians a chance to perform for an audience that maybe haven't done that before.
~ To give musicians an opportunity to audition for a gig in the main dining room and/or "Dinner and a Show" in the Lakeside Room.
~ To provide a venue for musical youth groups, church and school groups, or community and civic groups such as the Drum & Bugle Corp., local choirs, bands, etc.
In most cases, the musicians provide their own equipment - we have access to some. Most musicians play for tips (so be generous everyone!), some play for a burger and a beverage, some are paid by sponsorships or the AMC Foundation. You can sell your CDs and other merchandise too. Photos and background info are helpful to helping us promote your performance. Call Sue or Sarah at the Village to get on the calendar - (218) 389-6162.
Signing off for now.