The downtown Aitkin market season is underway at the intersection of Minnesota Ave. N and Third St.
On Saturday morning, locals turned out to support their local growers by purchasing vegetable, herb and fruit starts from local greenhouses, fresh local meats and eggs, whole grains and freshly ground flours for baking and even crafts and jewelry.
Live music created a festive atmosphere as the community gathered to support local entrepreneurs and enjoy the opportunity to purchase fresh, local food for their families.
Vendors displayed their wares along Minnesota Ave. in both the Downtown Market Square and the adjacent Butler Building parking lot.
Participating vendors will be in that location every Saturday until Halloween, weather permitting.
Five vendors were set up last week and more will join the market as seasonal produce becomes available.
Outdoor seating is available, and shops are open for coffee, pastries and brunch. Locals and visitors to Aitkin are using the downtown area as a Saturday destination to meet friends and neighbors, do some shopping, enjoy the outdoor seating provided by the newly open restaurants and cafes and support local musicians.
Aitkin Farmers Market is also sponsoring a drive-through market at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Buyers have an opportunity to shop online for local products, pay online and pick up their orders in that contact-free environment.
The Saturday and Tuesday markets both accept credit, debit and SNAP/electronic benefit purchases.