Question: How do I become a vendor at the Carlton County Farmer's Market?Answer: Contact the Market Manager Roberta Follett at 218-390-4129, email email@example.com, or come to the market and talk to the Manager on duty. Please see the Rules of the CCFM.
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 Roberta 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 and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as well as by the Market.
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 2nd, 2018) through the third Saturday in October (October 20th, 2018). On Tuesday afternoons we are open from 4 to 6 pm in Carlton starting the first Tuesday after the first Saturday in June (June 5th, 2018) and through the Tuesday before the third Saturday in October (October 16, 2018).
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. Although none currently are Certified Organic, many grow their crops in accordance with organic standards or without using any conventional pesticides or herbicides. Others don't use pesticides or herbicides of any kind--even those approved for use in organic agriculture. 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!