Special Events


midseason at CCFM

We’ve TRIMMED Market hours to 2-6pm. Shop early for best selection!

We’ve EXTENDED PoP Club! Kids 4-12 receive a $2 token for produce with

each Friday visit through August 18.


CCFM hosts PoP Club, for kids!

The Power of Produce (PoP) Club is a farmers market incentive program for children, and is offered at markets throughout the nation. Each week, kids ages 4 to 12 receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.

The intent of the PoP Club is to engage children at farmers markets, empower them to make healthful food choices, increase family participation and build healthier communities. PoP Club is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota Extension Family Development, Youth Development, and Master Gardeners, as well as the Minnesota Farmers Market Association.

PoP Club at Chisago City Farmers Market runs FRIDAYS, 2-6:30 pm from JUNE 30 – AUGUST 4.

Activities during PoP Club include:

June 30: Catching up with Chisago County 4-H

July 21, 2pm: Story Time with Kirsten Vaughan, East Central Regional Librarian

July 28, 2:30pm & 6pm: Zumba for Kids with Kim Rathsack, Parmly Wellness Center Director

August 4, 2-4pm : Kids Art Make & Take, Celebrate Chisago Lakes/Chisago Lakes Chamber

CCFM thanks University of Minnesota Extension, The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership and Renewal by Andersen for their support of PoP Club.

 

 


HAPPY National Farmers Market Week!

National Farmers Market WeekAs the bounty of summer rolls in to the market, the Chisago City Farmers Market is celebrating National Farmers Market Week on August 12th!

This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says “Farmers markets are an important part of strong local and regional food systems that connect farmers with new customers and grow rural economies. In many areas, they are also expanding access to fresh, healthy food for people of all income levels. National Farmers Market Week recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities.”

Elanor Starmer, the Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) says “Farmers markets are a gathering place where you can buy locally produced food, and at the same time, get to know the farmer and story behind the food you purchase. These types of markets improve earning potential for farmers and ranchers, building stronger community ties and access to local foods.”

There are 8,500 farmers market in the United States, including over 172 in Minnesota. Farmers markets are vital to their communities, serving as a marketplace for food entrepreneurs, a gathering place for citizens, and a source of nutritious locally grown whole foods. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown program supports farmers markets and agricultural producers across the state by connecting consumers with locally grown foods.

National Farmers Market Week is a great time to visit Chisago City Farmers Market and celebrate all that CCFM brings to our community!


Blood Drive this Friday, May 29, noon-6 pm

The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be parked by the market this Friday. No need to register but if you do, visit this link:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp

Blood banks have a hard time keeping stock during the summer months. Consider donating!

Thanks!


MN Farmers Market Association 2015 Spring Conference

Don’t miss the MFMA’s Spring Conference this Tuesday, March 17, in Monticello.

For a full program, visit MFMA’s website at www.mfma.org

                                      “The Earnin’ of the Green!”


Proven Tools, Tips & Techniques to Grow Your Sales

For Farmers’ Market Managers AND Vendors


MFMA Spring Conference & Annual Meeting

March 17, 2015 in Monticello


Join your fellow farmers’ market managers and vendors on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.at the Monticello Community Center for the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association’s Annual Meeting and Spring Conference.

The day is chock-full of intensive sales-effective workshops – interspersed with delicious local food, sourced from area farmers and prepared by the Cornerstone Café – including a ‘healthy’ St. Patrick’s Day “Green Smoothie Dessert Shot.”

Registration and networking begin at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. with a cornucopia of speakers and experts focused on the ‘green:’ tools and techniques that markets and vendors can use to make a lot more ‘green’ in 2015.
Click here for program details.

Click here to register today!