Great news arrived Thursday, thanks to Essentia Health and Community Action Duluth, as it was confirmed that the Hillside Farmers Market will return in 2022.

Community Action Duluth’s Seeds of Success made the official announcement, adding that it wouldn't be possible without the support from Essentia Health. The Hillside Farmers Market originally launched in May 2018 with the goal of putting healthy eating options on a bus line and within walking distance of many Hillside neighbors.

The Hillside Farmers Market is held on the Essentia Health campus, at the corner of 5th Avenue E. and 3rd Street. Opening day for 2022 is set for Tuesday, June 14, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All attendees will receive free food samples and free reusable bags. Live music will be provided by Steve Solkela and there will be a visit from the Little Library Go van. Sign-ups for the Power of Produce program will also be available.

The Hillside Farmers Market will then run every Tuesday through the end of September. Throughout the summer, the market will feature local vendors selling fresh produce, seedling transplants, baked goods, canned goods, and more.

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Organizers add that thanks to Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Essentia Health, SNAP customers are matched dollar-to-dollar up to $15 dollars per market day for all EBT eligible items and $10 for produce when using an EBT card at the market. With funding from Essentia Health and the University of Minnesota Extension, the Power of Produce (POP) program offers $4 in free produce to children under 18 and elders over 60.

Last year, more than $11,000 was distributed in the SNAP match and POP programs at the CAD-operated farmers markets, with over 400 children participating in the Power of Produce Club.

Seeds of Success, a program of Community Action Duluth, is a food justice program that also operates the successful Lincoln Park Farmers Market and new Community Mobile Market.

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