Check out the first Farmer’s Market of the season, and ‘Uniquely Crookston’ theme

    Crookston’s Marketplace and Farmer’s Market will kick off on the first day of the summer Thursday, June 21 from 4-8 p.m. at the Downtown Square. Thursday’s kickoff will have theme “Uniquely Crookston” with local businesses on display with meet and greets, product samples and sales.

    There will also be fresh produce and products from the Crookston Farmers Market like strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, bread, pickles, onions, eggs, canned goods, soap, and lotions; flea markets with a variety of items for sale, food trucks like Drafts Sports Bar & Grill’s “Mac Shac”, live entertainment by Crookston’s Tony Diaz, vendor sales, and kids activities.

    Local educator and carpenter Travis Oliver will be on-hand building a little library for the Downtown Square and will offer a kid’s woodcraft activity.  Bike Crookston will also set up a small repair and bike tune-up spot for bicyclists to “ride on in.”

    Crookston Rockers will bring supplies for kids to paint rocks that can be placed around town, Crookston Classic Cruisers will bring their Thursday Cruise Night to the Downtown Square, and Regal the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle will make an appearance. Plus, vendors like LulaRoe, Northern Air Young Living Essential Oils, Matilda Jane Clothing, Earth Mother Design Originals, and The Olive Barrel with fine oils and vinegars will have pop-up shops.

    Other food options will include mini donuts and kettle corn.

    “There will be a different theme each week throughout the summer,” said Nell DeBoer, one of the event organizers. “Anyone that would like to contribute, host a spot, or volunteer is welcome.”

    Following Crookston’s Marketplace and Farmers Market kickoff, the Crookston Chamber & Visitors Bureau will host a free outdoor “Movies on the Square” at dusk with movie “Wonder.”

    Stay tuned every Thursday for a new Marketplace theme with free entertainment and activities, plus, beginning July 12, the University of Minnesota Extension’s Power of Produce grant will be available weekly for kids ages 0-18 to receive vouchers for free produce from the Crookston Farmer’s Market. Sign up each Thursday at the Downtown Square during the event.

    To contribute, sign up or volunteer for Crookston’s Marketplace, call 289-3199 or send them a message on Facebook.