In celebration of Earth Day, the Ideal Green Market Cooperative sponsored an indoor farmers and crafters market at the Ideal Township Hall Saturday, April 21.

"This event is important to local farmers, crafters, artisan bread bakers and others who depend on our local community to help them gain an economic foothold in our area," Bonnie Coffey, Ideal Green Market Cooperative board president, said in a news release. "From this turnout today, I know our community wants to support these entrepreneurs and the Ideal Green Market Cooperative."

Activities included Charisma the Counting Horse with Lavonne Nikkari, an Earth Day education and activity corner for children and an "Ask the Master Gardner" information table hosted by DeAnn Caddy, of the Crow Wing Master Gardeners organization. Gary and Kelsi Stacken (From the Heart) provided live music.

Many vendors used recycled items to create decorative items for home and garden. Items such as bird feeders made from dried gourds and empty coffee cans, repurposed hand-painted ceramic tiles made into trivets, handmade jewelry, cutting boards, beeswax candles, nature jewelry, handmade soaps and personal care products and more.

A full list of vendors at this event can be found at

The Ideal Green Market's summer farmers market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from May 19 through the end of September. New vendors who meet the guidelines are welcome.

The co-op is open to all shoppers 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.