Whittier Farmers Market opens Saturday

Opening day of the Whittier Farmers Market is Saturday, June 25 at 26th & Blaisdell.

The Wedge Table will sell coffee and baked goods. You Betcha Kimchi will offer kimchi with “three levels of zing,” ranging from “Minnesota Nice” to “Uffda.” The Whittier resident behind Feverfew is selling plant starters and cut flowers from a collective of Twin Cities producers.

The new farmers market launching June 25 in Whittier may be the city’s most affordable option for vendors. Producers can participate in the full season for a $200 deposit, which is returned to them at the close of the season. The fee for a single day is $20.

“The nice thing about our market that really differentiates ourselves from others is it’s really accessible to small producers,” said Market Manager Emily Lund.

The farmers market is the brainchild of members at Calvary Baptist Church, and it takes place in the parking lot behind the church at 2608 Blaisdell Ave.

“Residents of the Whittier neighborhood couldn’t understand why they didn’t have a farmers market yet,” said Lund. “They said, ‘You know what, let’s do it.’”

They formed a committee, secured church funding and lined up new vendors.

At the market, “hot savory sandwiches” will be provided by a new food truck called Chicks on Wheels, featuring jerk chicken tacos with pineapple salsa, or crabcakes topped with duck bacon and fresh spinach.

There will be Caribbean street food by Tropical Fish, and produce from the Minnesota Hmong Agricultural Co-op and the Hmong American Farmers Association.

Entertainers will appear every weekend, and roundtable discussions at noon will cover topics related to food justice at the “back porch” patio.

The market runs thru Oct. 1 every Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.