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Farmers Market Fresh News

Welcome to our seasonal feature that showcases planting tips, seasonal vegetables, cooking tips and healthy recipes.

Check back throughout the summer and fall for additional updates and articles. Click the links below to review the following articles:

Zoodles of fun!

In Central Minnesota, July is peak zucchini season! Briana Traut, Registered Dietitian from Lifestyle Health, shows us in the video below how to use a spiralizer to create zoodles! Whether you warm them in the microwave, saute them or prefer them raw — they make a great summer dish!

Once you get the technique down, you can also use a spiralizer with apples, red onions, sweet potatoes and more, too!

Recipes of the Season

Recipes for the Summer Season

View the list below for a few samples from our online list of healthy recipes. Each has been reviewed by one of our registered dietitians and aims to be part of a heart-healthy diet.

Life Beyond the Screen

Screen time will be the topic of the evening at the CentraCare Health tent at the Big Lake Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 25. Come out and find us at Lakeside Park from 2:45 to 7 pm!

For more information on the subject, please review the recent blog article post by Joseph Mahoney, MD, on establishing screen time rules at home.

Find a Farmers Market Near You

View an online directory at

Farmers Markets at CentraCare Health

Farmers Markets are now open for the season at the following CentraCare Health locations:


Every Wednesday at CentraCare Health – Paynesville from 11 am - 1 pm. 

Long Prairie

Every Friday at CentraCare Health – Long Prairie from 2 - 6 pm.

Visit us at the Monticello and Big Lake Farmers Markets

CentraCare Health – Monticello will offer education that supports healthy eating and wellness at various dates throughout the summer.

Big Lake

Visit us on July 25 at the Big Lake Farmers Market, located at Lakeside Park, from 2:45 - 7 pm.


Visit us on August 16 at the Monticello Farmers Market, located at the Monticello Public Library, from 3:15 - 7 pm.

New for 2018! Visit the Melrose Community Farmers Market

CentraCare Health - Melrose is one of the organizers of this year's brand new Melrose Community Farmers Market. Each Wednesday, from 3 to 6 pm the market will take place at the Coborn's parking lot, located at 105 East Main Street. 

Long Prairie Farmers Market Video