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Summer farmers market kicks off new season downtown

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A sign that warmer weather is here: the Rochester Farmer’s Market is open!

They kicked off their 26-week season this morning.

A good amount of people came by from eight until noon to shop local at the intersection of 4th Avenue and 4th Street.

Plants and food likes meat and honey are some of the goodies you’ll find at the market.

All of the items featured were produced on farms within 50 miles of Rochester.

“All the money that gets spent here goes back to those farmers and then stays in our community,” said Mike Schmitt, Friends of the Farmers Market president. “It’s also important for people to come down here and see that there are different vegetables that they might not have even thought about to prepare and bring home. There’s recipes and the farmers will tell you how to use it, make it and prepare it.”

The farmers market will implement a new program later on in the season that lets kids sample products for free.

The Rochester Farmers’ Market also matches SNAP, WIC, and EBT dollars so everyone can buy local, inexpensive nutritious food.

Alex Tejada

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