FARGO — A couple of weeks ago, local folks checking Twitter found themselves shouting "Hey, Nick Offerman is in Fargo!"
The man best known for playing the dryly hilarious Ron Swanson on the television show "Parks and Recreation" snapped a photo of himself from the parking lot of the Red River Market seemingly irritated by the lack of bratwurst and cheese curds at the weekly farmers market.
But being the ever-so-helpful Midwesterners that we are, most of us did not respond with defensiveness or anger. Instead, we offered a gentle reminder that he was, in fact, at the Red River Market — not the annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair — and if he wanted to find curds and bratwursts, he needed to walk a few blocks west.
That seemed to appease Offerman, who then only seemed mildly irritated at the traffic around the Fargo AirSho.
Thank you for the excellent tips, now I am less angered and more fattened.— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) July 20, 2019
If you are flying out of Fargo, leave early because the airshow has made an absolute goat-rope of the surrounding roadways.
So then, if the Street Fair was the place to go for the curds and bratwursts, what exactly can you find at the Red River Market?
This week on "The Scoop with Tracy Briggs," we take you to the market for a quick peek.
There is no way we can capture all that you can find in just one segment, so we'll be giving you an update as well later this fall.
For now, though, here are just a few of the nuggets you will enjoy if you stop by the farmers market.
Of course this would top the list for me. Most Saturdays you'll find people lining up for the breads, cookies, cakes and pies. In fact, the day we were there, some of the vendors had to scribble "sold out" on their chalkboard menus before the clock struck noon.
"I almost always sell out of all my scones," says Michele La Haise-Bates of Michele's Table. "Shortbread is also very popular. I need to make my lemon-lavender shortbread every Saturday.
While Offerman was on the lookout for cheese curds and bratwursts, it's not like he didn't have plenty of other (I'd say even more delicious) options at the Red River Market. Maria's Homestyle Mexican is a popular spot for tamales, while Adibon offers African and European foods. Ricot's Haitian Fritay was a hit the day we visited.
"People love the combination," says Ricot Aladin. "We fry a plantain and make it into a cup, then fill it with meat and salad. People love to walk around with it."
Arts and items
If you're more of a shopper then a foodie, there's plenty for you to find at the market ranging from jewelry and soaps to pottery.
Hayden Swanson of Livin' the Dream Pottery says his unicorn mugs have proven to be popular. My daughter, a proud Moorhead High Spud, picked up a mug celebrating Moorhead, complete with drawings of the Hjemkomst Center and the Moorhead water tower on the sides and the iconic Moorhead Dairy Queen Dilly Bar on the bottom.
"I love being so involved with the community out here," Swanson says. "I'll be bringing the pottery wheel out here some Saturdays for kids to try and see what's possible for them in the future."
And there's more...
Since the Red River Market is a farmers market, of course there is fresh, locally grown produce. You'll also find regional clothing exclaiming "Ope!" and "Uff-Da" and plenty of beverages to take you out of your normal drinking rut. Stay tuned for more "Scoop" episodes on all the cool stuff you can find at the Red River Market.
I'm talking to you, Nick Offerman. Please come back. I'll buy you an "Ope!" shirt and a scone.
If you go
What: Red River Market
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26
Where: 63 Fifth St. N., Fargo (right across the street from The Forum)