Worm farm vendor to host informational session at farmers market

Heavy fall rains and brilliant fall colors are reminding local gardeners that it’s time to put the garden to bed for the season. On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Maple Grove Farmers Market will feature an informative session entitled “It’s All About the Soil,” led by Market vendor Jerry Snyder of Worm Farms of Minnesota.

WFOM is a New Hope-based business that produces natural fertilizer in the form of worm castings.  The presentation will take place at the Market information booth at 4 pm and will include information about amending garden soil in preparation for a great 2014 growing season.

“Many of our shoppers are also gardeners,” said Market Manager Kirsten Bansen Weigle. “Worm compost is a great resource for both edible and decorative gardens and it’s great to think about working ahead to improve soil health for next season. We’ll also have the Hennepin County Master Gardeners on site from 3 to 6 p.m. with a helpful fall garden checklist and answers to all of your gardening questions.”

The Maple Grove Farmers Market will be open outside the Maple Grove Community Center on October 10, 17, and 24 from 3:00-6:00pm. Please note that there will be NO market on Halloween (Oct. 31.)

Special events for the last weeks of the outdoor market include:

First Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest — Thursday, Oct. 17: Pick up a FREE pumpkin (while supplies last) at the Market Info Booth with your donation of a fresh or canned item to CROSS Food Shelf. Pumpkins provided by one of our generous vendors in celebration of the Market’s 10th anniversary.

Thursday, October 24: Bring your pumpkin back to the market between 3 and 5 p.m. to enter the MGFM Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Prizes will be awarded for Best Carved pumpkins and best painted pumpkins in each of the following age categories: 1-13, 14-20, and 21+. Winners will receive $10 in Maple Grove Farmers Market tokens and bragging rights. (Please note that pumpkins purchased elsewhere may still be entered in the contest.)

Trick-Or-Treat at the Market — Test drive that Halloween costume with a visit to the Market Thursday, Oct. 24. Kids can trick-or-treat at Market vendor booths as you shop for seasonal  produce, artisan baked goods, and much more.

Indoor Farmers Market — The market takes one week off and then resumes INDOORS at the Maple Grove Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. More than 20 vendors will participate, with products ranging from fresh local produce to meats, eggs, breads, sweets, canned goods, flax, Lebanese items, cheese, apples and more.  Indoor Market dates are Nov. 7 and 21 and Dec. 5 and 19.

Credit, Debit and EBT cards are welcome at all markets, both indoors and out. Visit the Market Information booth to swipe your card and receive market tokens to spend.

The Farmers Market is located outside at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. For more information, visit: www.maplegrovefarmersmarket.com. Follow the Market at www.facebook/maplegrovefarmersmarket and Twitter