By Edie Schmierbach
---- — MANKATO — Mankato Farmers Market vendors have one more winter appearance before they slip into growing mode and then resurface at a new location in the spring.
The market's second winter season concludes Saturday at Drummers Garden Center and Floral. And during the first weekend in May when the outdoor market reopens, the vendors will be set up at a new, yet undisclosed, location.
Road construction around the former outdoor site at Madison East Center led Farmers Market organizers to find a new location for the 2014 season.
Until that site opens, there is one more opportunity to visit vendors in Mankato at Drummers, 281 St. Andrew's Drive. Kari Kantack, Drummers floral manager, has noticed lots of shoppers and vendors in the greenhouse where the farmers market booths are set up.
"There's definitely been good crowds each month," Kantack said.
Sales of produce, canned and baked goods, meat and handmade items were good this winter, but the weather sometimes held shoppers back.
"December was chilly and customers didn't want to stay around too long," said Joe Domeier, the farmers market's marketing manager. He anticipates more shoppers Saturday because the greenhouse is now heated.
Vendors are expected to bring onions, potatoes and shallots to sell 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Another area town is also hosting a winter farmers market. In New Ulm homegrown and homemade goods will be sold 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 526 South Minnesota St. The market is in the building that once housed Tauscheck Grocery and where the New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative will eventually be located. The market's conditional-use permit for a food co-op there recently was approved by the city.
Members will offer a second market this month on Feb. 22, where they will have items for sale and look for opportunities to speak with people who aren’t familiar with food co-ops.