From July to October, the Red River Market is a staple in the Fargo-Moorhead area for fresh produce and local goods. Everything from vegetables and fruits, to hot sauce and flowers is sold at the Red River Market during the summer and fall months.
During winter, fans must resign themselves to trips to the grocery store rather than the market.
However, this season, the Red River Market is hosting its first-ever Winter Market.
“We hope we’ll be able to have more of these events in future years,” Simone Wai, Red River Market Board member, said. “This is a pilot event to see if the community and vendors would be interested in more events like this.”
Many of the Red River Market’s favorite vendors can be seen at the Winter Market, but there aren’t as many produce vendors as there usually are in the usual market.
“It takes a long time to produce a winter market,” Wai said. “Vendors need greenhouses and infrastructures later in season; cellar rooms to keep stuff in the winter.”
Making up for missing produce are plenty of household goods (including soaps and lotions, arts and crafts), pantry goods (like honey and hot sauce), bakery items and ready-to-eat foods. Coffee and beer will also be available for market-goers. Vendors from last season will be featured at the event.
“There are a lot of faces that people will recognize,” Wai said.
The Winter Market will be hosted at the Stone Building at 613 1st Ave N in Fargo, formerly the Downtown Avalon. The Red River Market and the Kilbourne Group partnered to use this historic building as the location for the first Winter Market.
There are no guarantees, but Wai said the Red River Market is hoping to make the Winter Market a regular, monthly event in the upcoming season.
“It’s a place to grow from,” Wai said. “And it’s fun. We hope to kind of keep the momentum from the Market going through the year.”
The Winter Market will be this Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic Stone Building in Downtown Fargo. The regular Market season will start on July 8 on the corner of Broadway and 4th Ave N.
For more information on the Winter Market in addition to the Red River Market, visit their website at www.redriver.market.
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 4
WHERE: Stone Building, 613 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND
PRICE: Free for entry