Every spring and summer, our gardens become a buzz with the sights and sounds of pollinators. From bees and butterflies to hummingbirds, these remarkable creatures play a vital role in our ecosystem, especially for organic and small-sized farms in our northern region, zone 4.
Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of many plants, ensuring that we have diverse and nutritious fruits, vegetables, and nuts on our tables. Without them, our food landscape would look vastly different. It’s estimated that a third of the food we eat relies on the work of these tiny pollinators.
But they need our help.
Climate change, habitat loss, and the use of pesticides are among the threats that pollinators face. To protect these vital creatures, we can all do our part. Here’s how:
- Plant native flowers: Pollinators thrive on the nectar and pollen of native plants. They also serve as a habitat for them. Find out what plants are native to your region and incorporate them into your garden.
- Create a water source: A birdbath or a small pond can provide the much-needed water for these creatures.
- Limit pesticide use: If you must use pesticides, be sure to use them responsibly and consider organic alternatives.
- Provide habitats: Leaving a part of your garden wild, with native plants, can provide a haven for these creatures. You can also make or purchase bee houses and bird nests.
This week, we invite you to celebrate Pollinator Week with us at the Market in the Valley Farmers Market. Join in the conversation, learn from local vendors, and take part in activities designed to honor our hardworking pollinators. You can also check out an example of a Pollinator Garden near the entrance of the market.
By supporting your local growers and businesses, you’re also supporting our local ecosystems.
Vendors at the Market this Week
2JCK Organic Produce
AK’s Homemade Treats
Bao Yang Vegetables
Beck’s Elk River Greenhouse LLC
(Music, 9:00 to 11:00)
Cindy Lou’s Jam & Plants
Crepe & Cake
(Music, 11:00 to 1:00)
Dale’s Delicious Eggs
Fun Guy Farms
GV Garden Club
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Heartland Heritage Farms
MarkE 3rd St Produce
M & J Homemade
MN Fresh Fuel
One Love Yoga
(Yoga at 9:30 am)
R & R Cultivation
Renewal by Andersen – Twin Cities
Schyma’s Pickles & Preserves
Svihel’s Vegetable Farm
The Farm of Minnesota
The Great Panini
Walk to end Alzheimer’s
Weaving and Turning
Wisconsin Cheese Outlet
Yang’s Fresh flowers & vegetables
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2nd Floor of Brookview Community Center
316 Brookview Parkway
Golden Valley, MN 55426