Denny and Erin Meyer at the Chatfield Growers Market.
Denny and Erin Meyer at the Chatfield Growers Market.
Do you have an itch to be creative or use your green thumb? The Chatfield Growers Market is now accepting applications for new vendors.

"The market members have modified their by-laws to allow for more crafts and works of art since the public has shown interest in more variety," commented Denny Meyer, a longtime member. "Qualifying items to sell would need to be hand crafted by the vendor. The rule on being within a 25-mile radius of Chatfield has stayed the same. There are many creative people in the area who might want to try out the market for selling their original art."

Regardless of the cooler spring, the market's first day will be the traditional first Thursday after Mother's Day.

"Every growing season is different. This year we had snow on the ground on April Fool's day and last year we had apple trees and tulips is full bloom," said Andrea Mueller. "Last year I planted 1,000 lettuce plants and 400 spinach plants the first week of April, but this year 80 percent of the ground is still covered with snow up here on the hill so my lettuce is staying cozy in the greenhouse for a while longer."

The Chatfield Growers Market started in 1999 on the lawn in front of the library. Carmen Fingerson, Elizabeth Dowse, LaVonne Larrabee, Willy Eppen and Andrea Mueller were at the first meeting to make plans for the first Growers Market in Chatfield.

Some changes have been made since the beginning of the market, but the principle of selling local items is still the same. It's an event where one can find fresh, local produce, honey, maple syrup, hand-harvested popcorn, homemade jellies, interesting crafts and great conversations in the shaded relaxing city park.

The vendors look forward to the first market day, Thursday, May 9, in the Chatfield city park from 3 to 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in selling at the market can contact the market manager, Chantel Prigge, at (507) 951-8405 or e-mail chatfieldgrowersmarket@yahoo.com.