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and average 15 to 20 vendors weekly. We have an awesome mix of vendors that sell fresh produce, farmfresh chicken and duck eggs, locally made cheese and honey. We have very talented bakers/artisans selling homemade breads, granola, scones, fruit pies, cookies, cupcakes, macaroons and other various desserts." Medford’s isn’t the only farmers market in Steele County, but it is the newest, having had its grand opening June 1 to join markets in Owatonna and Blooming Prairie. Kath says while Medford’s is a young market, the community has been supportive. "We attract about 100 to 150 customers each Thursday, and most of our customers are from Medford, Owatonna and Faribault," Kath said. "We are busiest from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. We are a very new market and we're still getting word out to the community. Thursdays are a very popular time to hold a farmers' market in Minnesota." She says the community has been supportive in other ways as well. "We received a lot of support from various community organizations like SHIP [Statewide Health Improvement Partnership], who provided us with a grant to help pay for start-up costs and SNAP/EBT equipment," Kath said.

That last piece, the SNAP/EBT equipment, is a hallmark of Medford's market. "The Medford Farmers Market is the only market within a 40-mile radius that accepts SNAP/EBT benefits," Kath said. "We are working hard to inform the community that at the Medford Farmers Market everyone has the same access to locally produced goods." And that is the mission behind the market in Medford: supporting local producers, bringing people downtown to see what it has to offer and keeping the money local. It even goes a little deeper than that for Kath. "The Medford Farmers Market has a mission: To connect residents of southern Minnesota with local farmers and producers to learn how their food is grown or made, inspiring them to make better food choices to improve their health," Kath said. Along with Kath, organizers for the market are Ben and Sarah Halblieb-Hanson, owners of Boundless Roots organic CSA farm, and Tiffany Tripp, owner of GRAISE Farm.


Medford Farmers Market Boundless Roots fresh organic produce and canned goods

GRAISE Farm local organic chicken and duck eggs

Balzer Honey Farm

locally sourced honey, produce and chicken eggs

Kris' Cupcakes

homemade scones, macaroons, fruit pies, cream puffs

Cassie's Breads

assorted homemade breads including stuffed cheese bread, foccia, Japanese Milk bread, homemade pretzels, & cookies

Kath Gardens

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homemade granola with protein bites

Nora B's

various desserts including cookies, bars, cupcakes

CannonBelles Cheese

variety of cheese curds, gouda, queso fresco, white cheddar

Straight River Farm

locally grown fruit including strawberries, apples, watermelons, raspberries, blueberries Waseca: 835-2212 | 207 N State St, Waseca, MN | 47

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