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Rochester farmers market opens despite piles of snow


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- It was likely the last thing many thought they would see on the opening day of the outdoor farmers market: Snow, and lots of it.

The show must go on, and all the vendors were open and ready for business. Not even a dose of the dreaded snow can keep customers away from the fresh produce.

"I thought maybe they'd move it indoors today, but here they are standing in the cold," says Jenny Deyo, a customer from Millville.

From a look at the crowd Saturday morning, they were standing in the cold for good reason. The opening day of the outdoor farmers market usually does not resemble mid-winter, but that does not seem to bother those who want to sell their stuff.

"This is our 19th year selling here at the farmers market, and it's the first time we've ever come to market on the first Saturday in May and had snow on the ground," says Richard Merrill, a vendor from Chatfield. "But, it's been a good morning. We've been selling quite a bit of stuff actually this morning."

The allure of the market was enough to bring people out regardless of the weather.

"We love coming to the farmers market," Deyo says. "We come, at least, every two weeks if not every week through the winter, and so we were hoping they'd still be here today. There's nothing like coming and getting fresh food from these guys."

When the organizers of the farmers market first put this opening date on May the 4th, they probably were not expecting to see snow on the ground, but as many vendors are saying, that is not deterring customers as much as expected.

"Crowd has been decent for as cold as it is this morning," says Merrill. "So I've been pretty pleased, actually."

Even with the morning temps in the 30's, that was not enough to take away from an exciting market experience.

"Nope, not at all," says Deyo. "Wouldn't miss it for the world."

With the rising temperatures, the snow will melt and the farmers market will go on as normal, but both vendors and customers say this will be a farmers market opening they will always remember.

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