The Langdon Farmers Market opened for the season on July 15. It will be held every Thursday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. through the end of September. Vendors set up their booths in the St. Alphonsus Park on 3rd Street across from the Cavalier County Courthouse.
“We encourage people to come and see what the market has to offer,” said Barb Mehlhoff from the Langdon Chamber of Commerce. “It grows in vendor numbers and varieties expand throughout the season.”
Tom Beauchamp is one such vendor. He sells a wide variety of vegetables from his garden, including beets, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and onions. Later in the season he will have squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, gourds, and peppers.
“There are 6-8 vendors a week, and all vendors that come have every vegetable covered,” said Beauchamp. “Very seldom do all vendors sell out of the same thing.” He said you will also find baked goods, canned goods, jewelry, and lefse, depending on which vendors come each week. It was a bit early in the season for vegetables on opening day, but the baked goods were plentiful and delicious!
Rylee Henderson from Sarles said that this was her first time being a vendor at a farmers market. She brought her home-baked caramel rolls, cinnamon rolls with vanilla frosting, white bread, cookies, and apple hand pies.
Charlotte Landsem operates Charlotte’s Homemade Lefse out of her home in Edmore. She is a Pride of Dakota member and travels to farmers markets here in Langdon, Grand Forks, Larimore, and Grafton as well as the occasional threshing bee. Landsem brought her lefse, cake donuts, and some hand-crafted jewelry.
There is no vendor fee to sell at the Langdon Farmers Market. Vendors can come and set up early but can’t sell until 4:00 p.m. Mehlhoff does ask that vendors avoid setting up in the northwest corner by the monument.
The commitment to consuming locally grown food is becoming a trend across the country. Not only does buying local have a positive impact on community farmers and the regional economy, but your body will reward you with numerous benefits and wellness. One of the benefits when buying local is the preservative-free foods you will find. Because the goods don’t endure long-distance transportation to travel from distant producers, most locally grown and prepared foods avoid chemical preservative treatment to remain fresh during transit. In addition, many local food producers opt to raise their crops without the use of commercial pesticides. Buying local produce that is “in-season” also yields tremendous advantages to the Earth’s environmental health. A shorter commute from the farm to your table means less fuel used and less pollution during transportation.
Do your body a favor and set a reminder in your calendar to come and explore the fresh produce and homemade goodies showcased at the Langdon Farmers Market.