The 2020 Carlton County Farmers Market follows COVID-19 practices established by the State of MN Departments of Agriculture and Health, and guidance provided by the Minnesota Farmers Market Association.
Note: New vendors must obtain a permit to sell at the farmers' market 7 days prior to selling at the market for their first time. Contact Gail early to allow enough time to receive the information packet and return the necessary paperwork to her before the 7-day requirement for the permit begins.
All vendors must follow regulations set by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Health as well as by the Market. Bakers and preservers must register for a Cottage Foods license.
Question: What days and times is the market open?
Answer: We are open Saturday mornings in Cloquet from 9 to 12 noon (8 am set-up) starting the first Saturday in June (June 6th 2020) through the third Saturday in October (October 17th, 2020). On Tuesday afternoons we are open from 4 to 6 pm in Carlton starting June 16th, 2020 through October 13th, 2019.
Question: Why aren't there any fresh corn, tomatoes or melons available in June or the first part of July?
Answer: All produce is locally grown within 50 miles of the market. Our season for corn, melons or tomatoes doesn't start until later in the summer. The truck farmers you see selling these products have brought them in from other areas of the state and even farther south where the growing seasons are earlier. Please support your local growers when their produce is available.
Question: Is the produce sold at the Market organically grown?
Answer: The Market's farmers use a variety of sustainable practices, including organic certification. Most grow their crops without using synthetic pesticides and/or herbicides. Some use limited conventional practices, like using non-organic seed, fertilizers or soil-starting mixes. We like to talk about our gardens, and we are committed to growing healthy food for you, so we'll do our best to answer your questions--please ask!