Pine River Market Square meeting set April 29
Gardeners, farmers, bakers, canners, maple syrupers, honey gatherers, crafters, etc., are invited to participate in an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Hunt Utilities Group campus in Pine River to learn about the 2014 Pine River Market Square, a local farmers’/crafters’ market.
The Hunt Utilities Group campus is just west off Highway 371 on County Road 2. Refreshments will be served.
This session is for anyone planning to participate or considering participation, or simply curious about what it is to be a vendor in the farmers’/crafters’ market this summer. Meet other vendors and learn about market guidelines, options for participation, marketing techniques for products and resources for learning more about the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) requirements.
Most vendors are within 60 miles of Pine River to keep products as local as possible. However, if a particular vendor has something unique that is not now offered at the market, exceptions are made.
Vendors must have grown, raised, processed or made the product(s) they sell and have appropriate labeling per MDA requirements.
Guidelines and vendor applications are available at www.prmarketsquare.wordpress.com. The guidelines outline the process and expectations.
The market will run every Friday, May 30-Sept. 26, in downtown Pine River, three blocks east off Highway 371. New this year will be three Saturday indoor markets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13, at a location to be determined.
The Pine River Market Square is governed by a six-member, elected board that meets monthly.
For more information about the market and to learn of updates of what products will be available each week during market season, visit www.prmarketsquare.wordpress.com or call 218-838-6058.
For general information about farmers’ markets and various regulations, visit the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association website at www.mfma.org.