Grundy Center Farmer’s Market kicks off 2017 season

Last Thursday, vendors braved the chilly, damp conditions to kick off the first Farmer's Market of the season. (Photo courtesy of Shari Sell-Bakker)

GRUNDY CENTER – Despite the cold and rainy weather last Thursday, vendors at the Grundy Center Farmer’s Market kicked off the 2017 season in style, selling everything from locally grown produce to baked goods to homemade jams and more.

Shari Sell-Bakker, who’s in charge of the Farmer’s Market committee, said there are several new vendors this year, who are offering plenty of fresh, locally-sourced produce and more.

“This year, we were focusing a lot more on getting new vendors to the market,” she said. “One of those new members is a group of people – four different families – who came together to start growing their own fruits and vegetables, and they’re selling at the market this year.”

The group mentioned by Sell-Bakker is River Bottom Farms – a Gladbrook-based farm run by Shawn and Mindy Kibe, Greg and Pam Rottinghaus, Aaron and Pam Kies, and Jamie Johnson.

Aside from River Bottom Farms, there are nine additional vendors at this year’s market: Harriet Bowen; Bill Sager; Sue Quinn; Rachel Houts – ARNKA Acres; Swansons; Leah Kakes; AJB Photography; K & M Solar and Cassandra Anderson.

Sell-Bakker said the Farmer’s Market, with all of it’s vendors, is a great asset to the community, and that she would encourage everyone to stop out to the market from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday from now until September 28.

“We want to encourage people to buy fresh and buy local,” she said. “The vendors who come to the Farmer’s Market are all local business owners who work really hard year round to grow safe and wholesome products, and by supporting them, you’re also supporting our community.”

For the full story, see this week's Grundy Register.