On a summer day, nearly twenty years ago, the first Mineral Point Farmers Market was held. Check out the notice as it appeared in the Democrat Tribune. (Photo courtesy of the Mineral Point Archives. Thank you to Joel Gosse for providing this.)
Since then, the Mineral Point Farmers Market has grown to become a Saturday morning tradition for locals and visitors alike. The market runs from May through October (sometimes later) and is a chance to buy your food, and many other items from the nice people who grow or make it.
This morning was the market’s season opener, and it was the perfect day to come out of hibernation.
There were fresh flowers, vegetables, local meats and cheese, familiar faces, new pets, new babies, and a couple new vendors.
Let’s meet two of the new vendors.
First up is Kelly Gundlach of K-Style Handmade.
Kelly makes Mineral Point T-shirts, tote bags, wood signs, and a bunch of other unique items. Click here to like K-Style on Facebook, and see more of Kelly’s creations.
Another new vendor is Emily Ranney of Boxwood Bakehouse. She will be an every other week vendor, splitting time with Farmer’s Daughter Bakery.
Emily gets up early on market days to make fresh cinnamon rolls and “hand-pies,” which look like pasties, but come in a variety of flavors such as Walnut Gorgonzola with Fig Chutney or Strawberry Lemongrass with Ricotta. Click here to like her bakery on Facebook.
Later this summer the market will celebrate it’s official 20-year anniversary. Follow them on Facebook (click here) to look for a future announcement.
-Contributed by Lisa Hay