Stevens Square Farmers Market expands hours

STEVENS SQUARE — Southwest’s newest weekly farmers market will open and hour earlier for the rest of the season.

The Stevens Square Farmers Market is now open 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking lot of Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S., through Sept. 24.

The small market opened in July with two vendors selling fresh, farm-grown produce. After a slow start in July, business is “picking up,” Robert Skafte, the neighborhood gardening coordinator, said.

Whittier resident Brooke McCoy made a purchase shortly after the market opened up Aug. 20. McCoy said she’d made the market a regular stop on Wednesday afternoons.
Skafte said most of the market’s business was coming from nearby residents like McCoy, as well as passerby. The market is located at a busy transit hub frequented by the 2, 17 and 18 Metro Transit bus lines.

Amid the bounty on display in August were fresh tomatoes and potatoes, and vendor Zoua Vang of Woodbury said she was selling some of the first melons of the season.
Skafte said market customers had been clamoring for melons and fresh sweet corn. Every week he offers recipes for the freshest fruits and vegetables, as well as tips for cooking unfamiliar produce.

Pointing to some leafy greens that resembled mint or basil — but were actually okra tops — Skafte suggested a stir fry.