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Return of Red River Farmers Market sees big numbers

Saturday July 9 marks the first market of their Red River Market's 2022 season.

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Hundreds of patrons flock to the opening of the Red River Market in downtown Fargo on Saturday, July 9, 2022.
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The Red River Farmers Market returned to downtown Fargo, Saturday July 9.

It was an extremely busy day, with hundreds of people lining the streets of Broadway. The line for The Baker's Wagon, a vendor from Fertile Minnesota, stretched across the block.

Local businesses along Broadway took advantage of the event, posting signs and holding special events to attract wandering market dwellers.

"Opening day as always chaotic and big in a busy kind of good way," said LesleyAnne Buegel with the Red River Market. "But this is the busiest we've seen so far."

She said they try and stay busy all year, but their summer farmer's markets are always their biggest events... and today's was the biggest in years.

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"I think that the response from the community here really shows what kind of need we had for this gathering, especially kind of coming out of COVID times," said Buegel.

Nathan and Katie Wagner, owners of Dig it Produce represented another of the events 40 plus vendors. They've been selling produce at the market for years, and said they're just about sold out.

"We''re slim pickings right now, usually at the end of the day," said Nathan Wagner. "It's kind of one of those things where everybody's ran through and they get the stuff hat they really like and the stuff right now is what we have left."

For Nathan getting a chance to sell their stuff is nice, but it's also a great way to reconnect with people, many of whom are still getting used to being out and about after the pandemic.

"It's one of the few opportunities here in Fargo where you get to meet people you live with and share the experience of local fresh grown produce," said Wagner.

The Red River Farmers Market will return to downtown Fargo Sunday, July 16.

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