A celebration of fresh, local food

 Local vendors Shawn and Mindy Kibe visit with a customer at the Grundy Center Farmer's Market, where they sell their fresh produce each week. (Michaela Kendall/The Grundy Register photos)

Local vendors celebrate National Farmer’s Market Week

GRUNDY CENTER - This week, vendors at the Grundy Center Farmer’s Market are celebrating National Farmer’s Market week, and they’re encouraging the community to join in on the fun by coming out to visit the market on Thursday afternoon.


The food is fresh, the vendors are local and you’re sure to find a variety of tasty treats from fresh produce, to baked goods, sweets and more.


Shawn and Mindy Kibe, who are celebrating their second year at the Grundy Center Farmer’s Market, say they’re thankful to have a supportive community that frequents the market.


The Kibes live on a small acreage between Gladbrook and Reinbeck, where they grow vegetables of all varieties, including: tomatoes, cucumbers peppers, zucchini, kale, beets, radish, lettuce, squash, pumpkins, raspberries and more.


While they both work full time, they fill their summers with working in the garden, and selling their produce at the farmer’s market here in town.


Mindy says her foray into selling at the farmer’s market started with her personal garden, and wanting to put fresh food on her own table; since then, it’s expanded into a business venture for her and her family.


“I’m very blessed to have a greenhouse, so it started with a love for feeling spring a little early out in the warm greenhouse, and it grew into a small business opportunity,” she said. “We started growing our garden as a way to help put extra food away when we had all of our kids at home; we love to eat fresh vegetables out of the garden and we love to have lots canned or frozen to get us Local vendors celebrate National Farmer’s Market Week through the long winters. We decided to sell vegetables as well because we found out we’re not the only ones who want good, wholesome foods that are locally grown and fresh picked on the day we sell them.”


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