On Sundays, community members can now shop for an array of produce and Minnesota goods at the new Newport Farmers Market. The market kicked off its first season on June 16 and will run through August 25. Located at the Newport Center, 1644 Hastings Ave, MN 55055, the market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The market features a diverse range of products and vendors. The Cimarron Market stand sells organic produce; Kinney Mini Farm sells microgreens; Moses Omafuaire of Unity Farms sells popcorn, spices, tea, pickled items, and soaps; Chicas Frescas serves traditional Mexican beverages for customers to sip while shopping; and the Lor family has the latest seasonal selections of produce. Family-friendly activities create an atmosphere where customers are encouraged to stay and enjoy the market. In June, the Newport Fire Department provided fire safety education and fun activities for young visitors of the market. The South Washington Community Education Skoolie, a transformed school bus that brings innovative programming to the community, will also make a few appearances this season. Local musicians and DJ Jacques Elate Joss will provide music throughout the season.
Recognizing a need within the community for increased access to fresh and healthy foods, Newport resident Maria Bonilla set out to organize the Newport Farmers Market. When Maria shared the idea with city officials and residents via Facebook and a community input session, residents responded with support and encouragement. The market provides an opportunity for residents to buy fresh fruits and vegetables close to home, ensuring a nutritious diet and good health are within reach.
“I want to improve access to healthy, local produce in my community and increase the vitality of our town by creating a space where everyone feels welcome, said Bonilla, manager of the Newport Farmers Market. “As the daughter of parents who have always cultivated the land, it is also important to me to help farmers build capacity as a way to honor the journey of those who came before me.”
With support from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Living Healthy in Washington County supports the Newport Farmers Market and other organizations working to eliminate disparities and improve access to healthy food and resources.
Stay updated about the Newport Farmers Market at www.facebook.com/newportfm.