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Members of Trinity Church in Long Lake traveled to El Salvador to help build homes and community centers. The church is hosting it’s first farmer’s market to raise funds for their annual trip. (Submitted photo) 

In an effort to raise funds for their second trip to El Salvador to help build a community center with Habitat for Humanity, Trinity Church in Long Lake is hosting their first farmers market.

On Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Trinity is selling local fruits, vegetables, baked breads, pies, jellies and a variety of other local goods. According to Jeri Miller from Trinity, members have donated fresh vegetables as have The Donation Garden and Seed to Fork.

“Trinity is a faith community and gathering place always working to be more connected with out neighbors locally and globally. The farmers market is an occasion to bring people together to share the garden harvest,” she said.

According to Farmers Market event lead Susan Vickerman, Trinity has participated in Habitat for Humanity for approximately eight years. Over the years they have built houses in El Salvador as well as in the Twin Cities. During their trip to El Salvador last year, Trinity assisted with Habitat’s Building for Hope Ahuachapan project.

According to Habitat for Humanity’s trip information, “eight out of 10 Salvadorians live in inadequate conditions and three of every 10 families live in extreme poverty.” Building for Hope Ahuachapan project is a community project aimed at “community progress, income generation, health, education and basic infrastructure.”

“It’s not just building one home. It’s about building a community center and a healthcare building. It’s a fun project and we’re hoping that we can keep supporting it,” Vickerman said.

Items from El Salvador are expected to be for sale at the market as well. The items are donated from those who have visited and brought back souvenirs. Miller will also discuss farmer’s markets generally as well as local foods with Stepahnie March from Minneapolis/St. Paul as well as Karen Lanthier to talk about Minnesota Grown and Community Supported Agriculture as part of Trinity’s Shift Sunday. The forum is held Sunday mornings from 9:40-10-:20 a.m.

“Many of us grew up on farms and will learn how they have grown and changed [as well as] the importance of local foods and how to purchase directly from farmers,” Miller said.

The idea sprung up while working to figure out what to do with all the donated produce the church receives from local farmers at the end of the season. Extending the event annually is something Vickerman said the church is not necessarily planning on doing; however they’re open to the idea depending on how this year goes.

“We thought this would be a good thing to try and see how it works. I think more than anything it’s our church community working together to try to do something that’s good for everybody. It’s one of those things that people really like and we’re going to see how it all goes,” she said.

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