Got a garden full of produce? Do you can your own jams, jellies or veggies? Want to get involved with the farmers market but aren’t sure how? The Williston Downtowners Association is offering a crash course in what you need to know.

The Main Street Market Class, hosted by the Downtowners, Williston Area chamber of Commerce and the NDSU Extension Service, will take place on Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Broadway Commons in Williston. Daved Lundeen, executive director of the Downtowners, said the class is essentially a “Farmers Market 101” for those who have never sold their goods before.

“It’s for anybody interested in the Market at any level,” he told the Williston Herald. “Whether you’re a vendor or you’re just interested in the process of how a farmers market works, there will be a lot of helpful information given.”

Katalin Quale, with the extension service in Williams County, will be providing information on North Dakota’s Cottage Food Laws, giving insight as to what individuals need to know about preparing their produce and other foods for sale at the Market. Lundeen will also be speaking, giving a rundown on how individuals can get involved with the market and what types of goods they care able to provide.

“It will be a really informative session,” Lundeed said. “Whether you’re a vendor and have questions on how to get involved, or if you’re a farmer or gardener that wants to make sure you’re following all the rules, all of that will be covered with this class.”

Lundeen said there has been a lot of positive response for the class, and that if the first one goes well, more may be planned in the future.

“It’s going to be a good time, and I think there will be a lot of interaction and a lot of questions on how things work,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to helping get as many people involved in the Market as we can.”

The Main Street Market Class is free and open to the public. The Broadway Commons is located at 302 Broadway East. For more information on the Main Street Market, visit the Williston Downtowners on Facebook at or

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