UMD Market Day Kicks Off Despite Rainy Weather

Posted at: 05/22/2013 9:26 PM
Updated at: 05/22/2013 10:35 PM

If you're looking for fresh produce or locally-made art, there's a summer stop in town where you can get both.

"This is the first day of the UMD Market Day in the plaza," Market Manager Gaelynn Lea said. "This has been going on for 10 years. It's one of the best kept secrets, I think, in Duluth."

Market Day gathers different vendors from around the area. Lea said shoppers will find locally-grown produce, hand-made items and freshly-baked goods. Lea said since shoppers are buying directly from the source, they could also find cheaper prices.

"Sometimes you can get it at a more affordable price then you would at the grocery store," Lea said.

The UMD Market Day is every Wednesday outside the Kirby Student Center, but when it rains, it's moved indoors. That's what happened Wednesday.

While many vendors opted for drier weather, one pair braved the elements.

"Actually, it's not a bad day," Bruce Schmidt, of Golden Gardens, said. "In 1975, I was on the north slopes of Alaska working on the pipeline. This is pretty warm."

Schmidt and his son were selling flowers and produce Wednesday.

"Everything we raise, we start from seed," Schmidt said. "We have nothing here we didn't start ourselves."

Schmidt prides himself on selling fresh foods, but he wasn't the only one.

"I grow my own plants from seed," Mike Guite, of Mike Apiaries, said.

Aside from produce, Guite has another passion, bees.

"I get stung many times, yes I do," Guite said. "It hurts the first time, but the bee does die."

Guite sells fresh honey and candles made of beeswax.

Organizers also said they accept EBT cards in an effort to make fresh foods more affordable and available.

For more information on UMD Market Day, click here.