Osseo Farmers Market offers goodies every Tuesday
The city of Osseo is seeing a lot of construction projects right now, but that’s not stopping the Osseo Farmers Market from offering people homegrown and homemade goods every Tuesday through Sept. 23, between 2 and 6 p.m. on Fifth Street N.E. next to Boerboom Park.
The Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture has proclaimed Aug. 3 to 9 as National Farmers Market Week.
“I think it’s important for the people of Osseo to have access to fresh foods,” said Market Coordinator Dee Bonn.
Staff Intern Emma Noterman said, “The city asked Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and Maple Grove if they were willing to help send out the Osseo Farmers Market information to their vendors to come to the Osseo market as well since their markets are not the same day. Another thing we are hoping for is more foot traffic from the Five Central project. They started moving people into the north end about two weeks ago.”
Bonn said the market offers all the fresh vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies and flowers like other markets, but usually Cold Stone Creamery has a truck selling ice cream treats as well.
Mark Robinson, from the Farm of Minnesota, sells organic items including eggs, jellies, juice, spices, raspberries, cabbages and more.
Smith Farms has been with the Osseo Farmers Market since it opened in 2007. The farm has been part of the Osseo community for a long time, but is now located in Brooklyn Park. Bruce Smith, owner of Smith Farms, is originally from Osseo.
Kathryn Hook, worker for Smith Farms said, “Bruce with Smith Farms help start the Osseo market.”
GARDEN GLEANING PROJECT
The market participates in a unique program entitled the Garden Gleaning Project.
Notermann said this program asked the Osseo Farmers Market vendors for donations for area food shelves. “We ask the vendors after every week after they close if they have anything left they want to donate,” she added. “We let shoppers also donate food if they want.”
All the donations go to CEAP, a community-based charity that has partnered with other resources to assist people in need in the north metro.
“The vendors have been so gracious,” Bonn said. “They donate something every week.”
The donations are put in boxes and Osseo Police Officer Tony Mortinson comes over and picks up the donations to put in cold storage until the next morning when a volunteer comes to pick up the donations and drop them off at CEAP.
Since 2011, the Garden Gleaning Project has collected and shared over 78,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables. Find out more at gardengleaning.org.
PARKING DURING CONSTRUCTION
First Avenue N.E. will be completely reconstructed starting this month, which eliminate parking for market goers. The block between City Hall and the Five Central project is also closed because of construction. These construction projects will only effect this year’s market. Normal parking will resume for next year’s farmers market.
There is still plenty of parking options available though. There are spaces along Central Avenue in front of Boerboom Park and Osseo City Hall. Another option is to park along Fourth Street N.E. and a take a walk through the park.
This also works well as the Movies and Concerts in the Park events take place Tuesday nights in Boerboom park just after the market closes for the evening.