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Farmer's markets now allowed in Afton

Farm fresh produce will officially be coming to Afton this summer. 

Afton City Council approved an ordinance amendment during its May 19 meeting, which will now allow farmer's markets. 

Farmer's markets were previously not allowed under Afton's zoning code. 

Farmer's markets will now be allowed in public parks with a special event permit. 

City Council had some discussion over whether or not to require proof of liability insurance for anyone wishing to hold a farmer's market. 

Ultimately it was decided that the requirement could be handled in the special event permit process, which will be discussed at an upcoming worksession. 

In addition to the ordinance amendment, City Council also approved a special event permit for the Afton Area Business Association to hold a weekly farmer's market throughout the summer, into the fall, in Town Square Park. 

The farmer's market discussion initiated last month when the AABA approached the city about its proposal. 

The first Afton Farmer's Market was held Thursday, May 21.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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