Food & Drink published Sept. 15, 2022

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Willmar Community Ed

Advance registration is required for all the classes, register online at or in person at Jefferson Learning Center.

Halloween cookie decorating: Oct. 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Jefferson Learning Center; kindergarten through 5th grade; instructor Charlene Bzdok. Spooky, Halloween-themed cookie decorating, participants will have some to bring home and a class activity while the cookies are drying. Limited space available.

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Farmers Markets

Litchfield: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, through October, Community Market on Fourth Street on the north side of Central Park.

Benson: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, through mid-October, Railroad Park on Main Street.


Montevideo: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 28, Smith Park, across from City Hall

Willmar: 6:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, through October, American Door Works parking lot on east Highway 12.

Willmar: 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, through mid-October, Uptown Willmar parking lot, next to Aldi’s.

New London: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, through Oct. 6, Holm Park.

Montevideo: 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday, through Oct. 29, Smith Park, across from City Hall

Glenwood: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, through Oct. 29, parking lot south of Pope County Museum on State Highway 104

Paynesville: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, through Oct. 15, corner of James Street and Augusta Avenue, downtown.

Willmar: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 8, Robbins Island.


Paynesville: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, through Oct. 12, corner of James Street and Augusta Avenue, downtown.

Willmar: 11 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, through October, Uptown Willmar parking lot, next to Aldi’s.

Becker Market

Becker Market offers several ways to buy locally grown food. The store is part of Fabulous Finds, 414 Becker Ave Southwest, downtown Willmar and is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It participates with nine other markets through Renewing The Countryside to aggregate farmers market products.

Summer season online: Customers may purchase a variety of local foods online, and pick up between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Delivery is available in Willmar. The open order cycle begins at 8 a.m. Friday and closes at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Real Food Hub: offers year-round weekly delivery of local produce to the region via subscriptions. .

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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