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Sprout plans second holiday market

The first Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace holiday market brought more than 250 guests to the new facility, and vendors reported a successful day of sales.

The Sprout team is looking ahead to the next holiday market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at 609 13th Ave. in Little Falls. They are seeking additional vendors and making a few improvements, including better signage for guests, a few revisions to the vendor rules and regulations and adding live music.

The public is invited to shop for locally produced food, artwork and gifts from grower and maker vendors of local produce, dairy, and meat products; jams and preserves; and original creations art such as pottery, wood items and jewelry.

A few of the grower and maker vendors include Chuck Tangen Produce, Roger Pietron, Oma's Breads, Laura Pirkl, DCBL Acres, Foothills Orchards and Gardens, Gilby's Orchard, Azariah Acres, John Lowery, Faithe Warner, Peter Bingham, Old World Venison Co. Artists include Kate Boyington, Sam Spiczka, Doug LaBorde, Lydia Strand, Raquel Lundberg, Kathy Braud and Bruno Press.

Growers or makers with locally produced food or artwork can visit the Sprout webpage at www.SproutMN.com for vendor application materials. Vendor booths cost $10.

Sprout's mission is to promote the health, economy and self-reliance of central Minnesota by facilitating the availability of locally produced food and artwork in the region.

Sprout is a regional food hub and indoor marketplace located in Little Falls. The location is under construction and currently provides local producers and buyers technical assistance on good agricultural practices, food safety, licensing and post-harvest handling.

The space will serve four primary functions to link consumers to source-identified food and goods that are economically, socially, and environmentally healthy:

• A year-round market for growers and artists to market their locally produced food and artwork to central Minnesota residents and tourists.

• Provide a local food processing facility for local growers to use to process value-added products.

• House a cooking demonstration kitchen.

• Facilitate the wholesale aggregation, storage and distribution of local foods as part of the Sprout Food Hub for institutional sales.

Currently, the Sprout Food Hub coordinates Farm-to-School for six central Minnesota school districts, large-volume wholesale sales for premiere and resort restaurants and a community-supported agriculture program.

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