Forest City held its first farmers market of the season June 6 with more than 10 vendors selling various produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items.
Vendor Steven Klein, who sells breads, jams and embroidered projects said his biggest seller was rhubarb bread.
Klein has been coming to the farmers markets in Clear Lake, Forest City, Osage and Charles City for two years, but he started going to the markets in Minnesota, and has been selling at farmers markets for 10 years now.
He said his nickname is “Betty,” and his wife’s name is Betty, for 50 years because when he lived in a dorm with eight other boys, he was the only one who would cook for them, so they nicknamed him “Betty Crocker.”
“Easiest job ever,” Klein said. “All they did was hand me money and I made them food.”
Sandra Peterson sells baked Norwegian food such as kringla and berlinerkranser, which are her most popular foods.
Peterson said she started selling her food at the farmers markets because it was just something for her to do.
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Since she is 100 percent Norwegian, Peterson decided to sell Norwegian food.
“My family got together every November and we celebrated the holiday, and all the little kids came in and we talked of how to do all of these different things,” she said.
Making the food for market is especially hard because all of the baked goods are hands-on between whisking, rolling and teaching the kids how to make them. Peterson said she enjoys making the kringla and krumkake the most.
Peterson said she comes to the market because “it’s where people come to and a lot of people have never heard certain Norwegian treats. Some of them came out of the 1936 and 1923 Norwegian cookbooks, and like the chocolademakroner, the berlinerkransers, not many people have heard of those.”
This year will be Peterson’s third season at the Forest City Farmers Market.
The farmers market is held Thursdays 3-5:30 p.m. at the old Casey’s lot on the corner of 4th and J Streets. In addition to the vendors, the market has live entertainment and a youth-ran lemonade stand.