Goal is to increase traffic and consumer options at Downtown Square Thursday evenings from June to September

    After months of discussion, a joint effort of the Crookston Farmers Market, Crookston Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Estate Sale Guys, Crookston Classic Cruisers and the Crookston CAN group has resulted in the debut of “Crookston’s Marketplace” which looks to make the Downtown Square a popular destination on Thursday evenings from June to September.

    The goal is to combine fresh local produce, flea market stands and local retail and home businesses together in one marketplace. There will also be live entertainment, games and activities for kids, classic cars, and food/drinks, too. They hope to book indoor events during the off-season, as well.

    Half a dozen new growers and vendors have committed to the Farmers Market portion of the Marketplace, and the University of Minnesota Extension Power of Produce grant will allow kids ages 4-12 to get free fresh produce weekly with their voucher program.

    Entertainment and kids activities could include: guest musicians and artists, old-fashioned games (gunny sack races/egg races/jump rope contests), bubble stations, trunk sales, theatre night, petting zoos and animal education, coloring night, reading night, cooking night with special chef guests, make your own play dough night, H20 night, firefighter night, meet the leaders night, senior citizen night, build a wood project night, veggie night, flower night, and bike night.

    If you’re interested in becoming a vendor at the Marketplace, weekly spots ($10) or season passes ($100) are available. Call or text Nell DeBoer at 289-3199 for more details or visit Crookston’s Marketplace Facebook page.

    If you’re interested in selling fresh produce or food items at the Farmers Market, call or text Jim Borkowski at 289-5454 and leave a message, or visit Crookston Farmers Market Facebook page.