Farmers Market Notes:

August is peak season for just about everything at the farmers market! This is the perfect time of year to try new recipes and experiment with the huge variety of produce grown in southeastern Minnesota.

One of the highlights of Minnesota farmers markets this time of year is sweet corn. Look for cobs with brown, dried silk at the ends and plump kernels. You can store your corn in the fridge with the husks intact – no bags or airtight containers needed! Pro tip: After cutting kernels off corn cobs (good frozen for up to a year), use the cobs to make vegetable stock.

{{tncms-inline content="<p>Elotes - Mexican grilled corn (inspired by the Star Tribune’s article by chef Robin Asbell)</p> <p>We recommend:</p> <p>Purchase sweet corn from one of many market vendors - peel back the husk and remove hairs. Rub on a bit of oil, grill to desired level of char. Once grilled, top with:</p> <p>Mayonnaise, sour cream, or creme fraiche</p> <p>Chili powder or hot sauce</p> <p>Salt & pepper or Tajin seasoning</p> <p>Queso fresco or Cotija cheese</p> <p>Photos and instructions by choochoocachew.com.</p>" id="51beb237-c135-4613-bfc2-d573527d4f00" style-type="info" title="Recipe - Elotes" type="relcontent"}}

August 24 Events

Bird Feeder Activity hosted by University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners

Book Bike & Art Cart hosted by Rochester Public Library

Water Lab hosted by Olmsted County Public Health

8:30-11:30 Kids Power of Produce (POP) Program hosted by Friends of the Farmers Market

Diversity Council Welcome Booth

8-10 CHEF DEMO - Somali Veggie Sambusas & Malawax hosted by SNAP Ed and SHAC

10-12 CHEF DEMO - Healthy Tostadas hosted by ACHLA

Music from Young & Old Timers (Celtic)

Latino Heritage Dresses & Listos Academy Cultural Activity

Summer of Purple Scavenger Hunt at Market Info Booth

August 31 Events

Morrison Healthcare - Mayo Food Service - Chefs Joe and David

Book Bike & Art Cart hosted by Rochester Public Library

Sponsor Activity hosted by Tutor Doctor

8:30-11:30 Kids Power of Produce (POP) Program hosted by Rochester Area Council Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

Music from Bob Kapinos & Young & Old Timers

Summer of Purple Scavenger Hunt at Market Info Booth

Children's Art displayed at Saturday markets presented by Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester

Elotes - Mexican grilled corn (inspired by the Star Tribune’s article by chef Robin Asbell)

We recommend:

Purchase sweet corn from one of many market vendors - peel back the husk and remove hairs. Rub on a bit of oil, grill to desired level of char. Once grilled, top with:

Mayonnaise, sour cream, or creme fraiche

Chili powder or hot sauce

Salt & pepper or Tajin seasoning

Queso fresco or Cotija cheese

Photos and instructions by choochoocachew.com.

  • sweet corn
  • heirloom tomatoes
  • peppers
  • cucumbers
  • summer squash
  • onions
  • beans
  • kohlrabi
  • raspberries
  • and much more!