Local-grown foods abound at market
Farmers set up shop downtown Sat.
NEW ULM — A big bevy of fresh vegetables, bread, and many canned goods were on display at the KNUJ Farmers Market at Cash Wise Foods Thursday.
Juan and Dalia Cervantes of rural Fairfax brought onions, rhubarb, garlic and a variety of salsa, including sweet, mild, medium, chipotle and hot. A bloody mary mix was also available.
“I’ve been coming to the New Ulm Farmers Market for 14 years. Crops are pretty good this year, but fertilizer and fuel costs are way up,” Juan Cervantes said.
Next Tuesday, they plan to go to the Fairfax Farmers Market.
The Cervanteses grow vegetables on a couple acres of land near Fairfax.
“Pretty soon, we’ll have more beets, kohlrabi, cucumbers, raspberries and garlic,” he added.
Sue Blake of New Ulm brought apple cider syrup, raspberry break made of last year’s frozen raspberries, applesauce and pumpkin bread.
Darrell Platz of rural Comfrey said his field vegetables got too much moisture this spring, but like most others, his yard vegetables are pretty good.
Platz brought asparagus, spring and candy onions, kohlrabi, string beans, rhubarb, beets, radishes and zucchini.
Joleen Platz displayed a variety of baked and canned goods. Cookie varieties included peanut butter, monster molasses, chocolate chip and snicker doodles. Canned items included apple butter and blackberry jam, salsa, spinach and sauerkraut, which she said sells particularly well.
Nicolai Amende of Mankato, known as the Minnesota Hot Sauce King, talked about his shiso perilla, part of the mint family.
“Boil the leaves for tea. It mixes well with lemonade,” said Amende.
Blaine Guldan who lives between New Ulm and Courtland, brought rhubarb, peas, radishes, lettuce, spinach, green onions and kohlrabi.
Ruprechts Meat Market featured steak, bacon, brats, hot dogs, pork chops and summer sausage.
The farmers market moves downtown to German Street, near German Park, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 25.
New vendors are welcome. The market continues to mid-October. (Fritz Busch can be emailed at email@example.com.)