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WF market offers something fresh for everyone

Deb Hoesley of Prairie Faith Vegetables, Herbs, Jams and Jellies, sells produce to (from left to right) Teresa, Samantha and Kathryn Hotten and Aspen Geist during the West Fargo Farmer's Market & Beyond at Elmwood Park on Monday, July 9. Carrie Snyder / Forum Communications Co.

"It went really well for a Monday night just coming off the Fourth of July holiday."

This a reference to the first Farmers Market & Beyond of the season from Kim Wangler, recreation specialist for the West Fargo Park District, who coordinates the annual summer event.

In addition to the fresh produce an array of other homegrown, handmade, or home business based items were also featured.

The event kicked off Monday night in advance of the Thursday market with the schedule being replayed every week Monday and Thursday, through Oct. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the South Elmwood Parking Lot at 500 13th Ave. W.

"We had a lot of fresh produce Monday night from a variety of farmers and it looks like that is going to continue for the season," Wangler commented.

Approximately a dozen vendors turned out opening night, and an even better selection is expected for Thursday evening, Wangler added.

Monday is a departure from last year's Saturday happening, so Wangler is optimistic the Monday-Thursday pairing will be just the right shopping combination for everyone.

She said that all the vendors and shoppers seemed happy with the customer flow which proved to be fairly steady all evening. "The parking lot was full and it just seemed like people enjoyed coming out and taking part in the market," Wangler added.

As the season unfolds, the vendor variety only promises to become greater - a very good thing for shoppers looking for variety.

Among those participating Monday night were: Burnside Farms, with their peas, green and yellow beans, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, raspberry, garlic, cabbage, and dill; Gramps Produce, featuring peas, beans, rhubarb, potatoes, radishes; Prairie Faith featuring vegetables, herbs, jams and jellies; Bayer Vegetable Farm; Bill Erbes Farm, offering beans, cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini,  kale, and swiss chard; Perfectly Nuts, selling cinnamon almonds, sunflower seeds and pecans; Breadsmith with their vast array of baked breads and sweets plus hamburger and hot dog buns; Debs Corner Foods & Catering; Tupperware; Tastefully Simple; and also fresh flowers, including Day Lilies.

Wangler encourages everyone to take the time to "stop out at the Farmer's Market to take advantage of the fresh produce, home-made breads, hand crafted items and much more. It's a great time of the year to pick up fresh locally grown produce to make fresh cucumber salad, veggies on the grill, or those favorite rhubarb desserts."

The Farmers Market & Beyond, a member of the 2012-2013 North Dakota Farmers Market Association, is open to area produce growers, home crafters and other agriculture products. Booth spaces are $15 per day. Anyone seeking information about possibly being a vendor is encouraged to contact Wangler at 701-433-5360.