SHOE AWAY HUNGER …. learn more!

All summer we have been collecting shoes for the Shoe Away Hunger program, and we our counting down the days until the Shoe Bus comes to sell shoes (At the market on Wednesday August 28th).  If you would like to know more about this program, and all the good that it does for hungry Minnesotans, you can watch this informational video:


Bring your shoes to donate tomorrow, and come shop the Shoe Bus on the 28th!

Hope to see you here!



thank you

As I sit and look at the gloomy skies waiting on the rain, I am already missing all of the wonderful people that made the 2018 Bongards Market such a huge success!

Last week was our last market for the season,  but I would be remiss if I did not send a note out to all of our vendors, customers, loyal supporters, and PoP Club families.  THANK YOU for your patronage at the market this year.  We are more than just a place to buy and sell vegetables, we are a community that loves and supports one another.

And so as we “close down” our 2018 season, I just want to say:

  • Special blessings to all of our vendors, who are the backbone of our market, and the center of our community….  May your harvests always be plentiful!
  • Special blessings to our PoP Club kids…. keep eating those vegetables!
  • Special thanks to all our loyal customers…. we will miss your smiling faces until next year!
  • Special thanks to everyone who donated shoes for the Shoe Away Hunger program… your generosity gives both shoes and meals to those who need it most!

THANK YOU to everyone who is a part of this very special community here in the parking lot of St. John’s UCC.  We will see you next summer!

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Cathy Kolwey

Bongards Farmers Market/St. John’s United Church of Christ


Back to School

Yes, it’s back to school time, but the market is still going strong!

We are getting in all the Fall veggies, so stop by after school. You know you are too busy to cook, so get dinner from Fireman’s BBQ.  Try the Carolina Pork sandwich or the Sweet Swine, or heck, just buy that meat by the pound! (Sandwiches and tacos for days).

Make life easy this first week back to school and get your goodies here.

Hope to see you at the market.


REMEMBER … If you want to get a taste of the best, most authentic TAMALES that Carver County has… order them by Monday at 9pm to pick up next Wednesday.

To place an order, call 952-288-8916.

As always, Nestor will have his grill and be selling his burritos as well.

See you at the market!



The Piece Corps Quilting Group is partnering with St. John’s UCC and the Quilting Grounds to offer a huge fabric sale today (7/18), tomorrow (7/18), and Friday (7/20).

If you are already headed to the market, stop on by the church fellowship hall as well and shop this major sale.

fabric sale



Our vendors are finally starting to see more veggies, so from here on out, the product offerings will only grow bigger each week .  Also, this week we will have a new vendor selling perennial flowers, too.  That is in additional to all of the regulars!

— Nestor’s Burritos (or order tamales ahead of time – 952-288-8916)

— Fireman’s BBQ selling brisket, pulled pork – sandwiches or meat by the pound.

— LaDonna Stuber — fresh veggies, canned pickles and preserves.

— The Honey Man

— SJUCC Ladies Guild Cookies and Sweet Treats


As always, you can drop off your shoe donations to help feed the hungry with the “Shoe Away Hunger” program

Hope to see you at the market tomorrow!