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Local food lovers are looking forward to the fifth annual White Bear Lake Winter Farmers Market season. Market dates are set for Nov. 13, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 pm.. outdoors at Tamarack Nature Center.

Bringing together local farmers, makers and community is the driving force behind the event- which continues to evolve each year.

Around twenty farmers and vendors will be selling locally grown and raised items including meats, cheeses, vegetables, baked goods, canned goods, preserves, fermented foods, kombucha, microgreens and other healthy living items. 

The market started because of a small local grant offered by Power Up, a local health living nonprofit.

Michelle Bruhn of Forks in the Dirt was awarded the grant as the group felt it was a great way to help people eat healthier, less processed foods a little longer in to the ‘off season’ while inspiring more home cooked meals.  

The community response has been huge from the very beginning. The first market in December of 2017 saw almost 400 people through the doors. Since then, the markets average 500 shoppers per event whether inside or out. 

Tamarack opened up more and more indoor space as the event grew. 

Tamarack has truly been a wonderful community partner making their space available for the community to come together.

This season, the event will be outside in front of the Tamarack Nature Center building as part of the COVID-19 Safety Plan. They’ll have free hot apple cider and fires going to keep warm while shopping. Of course, the 5 miles of trails and outdoor play areas will be open and ready for exploring during market hours.

A food truck is scheduled for each market date as well! Please remember to leave your pets at home as Tamarack does not allow dogs on the grounds.

For Michelle of Forks in the Dirt, the market is an extension of her business’s mission: eat Local by growing your own, knowing your farmers and preserving in season food.

The market is a true manifestation of these beliefs. She started Forks in the Dirt to share her love of growing and eating good local food- and her appreciation of the farmers that grow what she can’t.

The website forksinthedirt.com is a continually growing resource for all things local food.

The website has some great food for thought including interviews with farmers, gardening ‘how to’ articles, in season recipes, and occasional deep dives into why eating local matters.

Consider this your invitation to eat local a little longer into the winter, support local farmers and small businesses and enjoy a day outside this winter.

Full event and vendor details found at forksintehdirt.com under “WBL Winter Market”.

 

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