There is a new community market in Columbia Heights that will continue on Saturdays throughout the rest of the summer.

The market — which has crafts, produce, baked goods, jewelery, candles and more for sale — takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays outside First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights.

Tanya De La Riva-Blinova and Mary Barker, co-founders of the market, wanted to put the market together so that the community would have access to locally made items. The two have been friends since they both attended Fridley Middle School. De La Riva-Blinova’s passion for gardening and Barker’s passion for baking are what encouraged them to start a local market, Barker said. 

They also wanted to give vendors the opportunity to sell their products and services at a market, because some of the more popular ones can be expensive to participate in, De La Riva-Blinova said.

“We wanted to have the opportunity for people to get access to local things, or handmade items or even just to support local entrepreneurs and local citizens,” she said.

De La Riva-Blinova sells essential oils from a Wisconsin-based, woman-run company called “Simply Earth” as well as products she makes with them.

So far, there have been about eight vendors on average each weekend, De La Riva-Blinova said, and they’re in the works of getting more vendors of all sorts. They’re planning to have two more produce farmers with stands set up starting this weekend.

Barker said the market is a community market, not a farmers market, so that they can welcome all kinds of vendors to participate.

“So, being technically not a farmers market, we can welcome all those local vendors,” she said.

Barker bakes homemade goods from recipes her family has handed down to her. At Saturday’s market, she had blueberry coffee cake muffins, Finnish coffee braid and prune kolache.

Barker said the market is a good way for her to get out of the house and meet people in the area, whether they be customers or vendors. 

One vendor at Saturday’s market was Elham Ayoubi, an international cyclic yoga instructor at Persian Yoga Centre in Shoreview. Ayoubi said cyclic yoga emphasizes both psychological and physical well-being.

“Your first class will be free,” Ayoubi said. “And bring all your friends, too.”

The Columbia Heights Community Market is still accepting vendors. Local makers and sellers are encouraged to email tab38722@gmail.com to sign up.

 

 

CH_market_1: Mary Barker, co-founder of the Columbia Heights Community Market, poses with some of her homemade baked goods at the market on Saturday, July 6.

 

CH_market_2: Mary Barker bakes recipes her family handed down to her from her Scandinavian and Czech heritage. Pictured here is a blueberry coffee cake.

 

CH_market_3: . Simply Earth is a Wisconsin-based, women-run company that sells essential oils.

 

CH_market_1: Mary Barker, co-founder of the Columbia Heights Community Market, poses with some of her homemade baked goods at the market on Saturday, July 6.

 

CH_market_4: Tanya De La Riva-Blinova, co-founder of the Columbia Heights Community Market, poses at her stand where she sells Simply Earth products and items, such as candles, that she produces using their products.

 

CH_market_5: Tanya De La Riva-Blinova, co-founder of the Columbia Heights Community Market, organizes items at her stand, where she also sells produce that she grows in a garden. Pictured here are herbs and lettuce.

 

CH_market_6: A representative of Color Street, a company that sells nail art, demonstrates the product to a market attendee.

 

CH_market_7: William Munson, 3, hands Mary Barker money for some baked goods at her stand, Sankta Lucia Bakery. William came to the market with his sister Louisa, 1, and mother, Amy

 

CH_market_8: Elham Ayoubi, an international yoga instructor, set up mats for cyclic yoga sessions at the community market.

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