New things coming to 'Thursdays on the Square' in downtown Crookston this summer.

    The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships will host an exciting day of information and networking with growers, farmers markets, and community connections in NW Minnesota on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Bede Ballroom on the U of M Crookston campus.

    Find the Markets for Local Foods Workshop Facebook event invite here:

    The morning session will begin at 9 a.m., followed by an afternoon session at 12:30 p.m. In the morning, there will be speakers from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association and Minnesota Grown. A discussion of the Food Safety Modernization Act along with rural grocery collaborations will follow. There will also be a sharing of success stories from around the northwest region on One Vegetable One Community and Power of Produce (PoP) Club 101. The afternoon will bring a variety of in-depth breakout sessions that will dig deeper into the morning session highlights.

    Both sessions will take place in Bede Ballroom at UMC. There is no charge to attend. Lunch is available in Brown Dining on campus between the morning and afternoon sessions - it’s $5 for workshop attendees.
    “We have hosted a gathering for farmers markets for several years. This year’s event still provides promotional ideas for farmers market managers and vendors and it provides information to folks selling through retail and wholesale markets” says Linda Kingery, Executive Director.

    The workshop should provide some valuable insight for the Crookston Farmers Market Association, which is looking to revamp it’s “Thursday on the Square” weekly growing-season event at Crookston’s Downtown Square, with more produce vendors, activities, music, an open-air market, and possibly a food truck. In addition this year, the recently awarded “Power of Produce” grant means that kids each week will receive fresh fruits and vegetables to take home.

    The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota to support local sustainability projects and opportunities. Find out more about our work at