We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.



Food & Drink published Sept. 22, 2022

The food and drink classes and farmers markets calendar is published weekly on Thursdays. Email submissions to news@wctrib.com by noon Monday.

Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo
We are part of The Trust Project.

Free shuttle bus to Farmers Markets this Saturday

WILLMAR — There will be a free Shuttle Bus to all the Willmar farmers markets on Sept. 24.

The shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to noon.

A CCT bus will pick up from the following locations: the High Rise-Lakeland Apartments, Highland Apartments, Becker Bus Station, Fifth Street Southwest Bus Stop, Dana Heights Bus Stop and Cardinal Apartments.

Patrons can shop and socialize at each of the following farmers market locations: the Robbins Island market, the Highway 12 market in the parking lot near American Door Works and the market in the Uptown Mall parking lot near Kohls.

Funding is provided by Vision 2040 Health and Wellness Committee.


The full schedule is on the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission's Facebook page in a post dated Sept. 9.

Farmers Markets

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

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

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

Willmar: 6:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, American Door Works on U.S. Highway 12 East

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep reading for more of this week's calendar items below the related content.

More food content:
The food and drink classes and farmers markets calendar is published weekly on Thursdays. Email submissions to news@wctrib.com by noon Monday.
In this week's Home with the Lost Italian, columnist Sarah Nasello answers a reader's questions about how to source and utilize fresh and dried herbs in cooking.
An Iron Range landmark, Bimbo's Octagon is one of the oldest standing veterans halls in America. For the past 55 years, it's been a bar and restaurant beloved by locals and regular visitors to the community of Side Lake.

Willmar Community Education

WILLMAR — Advance registration is required for all the classes, register online at www.cewillmarmn.com or in person at Jefferson Learning Center.


Halloween cookie decorating: Oct. 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Jefferson Learning Center, for kindergarten through fifth grade with instructor Charlene Bzdok. Spooky, Halloween-themed cookies will be decorated, with some to bring home and a class activity while the cookies are drying. Limited space available. Additional cooking classes will be held Nov. 4 and Nov. 23.

Becker Market

WILLMAR — Becker Market offers several ways to buy locally grown food. The store is part of Fabulous Finds, 414 Becker Ave. S.W., 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 at openfoodnetwork.net/becker-market/shop , 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: Sign up for year-round weekly delivery of local produce to the region via subscription at realfoodhubmn.com .

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 dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
What to read next
Dr. William F. "Billy" Holland Jr. is an ordained minister, community chaplain and author of the "Living on Purpose" faith column. He lives in central Kentucky with his wife, Cheryl.
Events and classes scheduled in the outdoors, gardening and farming. Submit your event at news@wctrib.com by noon on Tuesday.
"Coming Home" columnist Jessie Veeder writes about an abandoned farmstead that used to sit on her family's land near Watford City. She writes, "It's not so uncommon around here for a family to purchase land from neighbors or inherit an old family homestead, so there aren't many farmsteads around these parts that didn't come with an old structure lingering on the property, providing ranch kids with plenty of bedtime ghost story material."
This week, Don Kinzler addresses how to make a poinsettia bloom, whether herbicide-treated yard clippings are safe for compost and when to remove the stakes from a new tree.