The Hibbing Farmers Market has more than 20 vendors who bring items to the market to sell to customers. Vendors bring homegrown garden vegetables and fruits, baked goods and/or hand-crafted items.

Lois Senich of Hibbing brings all three types of items to the market, and she’s been participating in the Hibbing Farmers Market around 25 years.

When asked how she got involved in gardening, Senich said that she grew up in a family that gardened and her mother did a lot of canning. Her husband’s family also gardened, so gardening was always a part of her life.

Senich’s favorite garden crop is fresh peas. She also grows beans, potatoes, spinach, cucumbers, onions and many other crops, but the fresh vegetable she looks forward to the most is peas.

Senich spends the “off season” knitting mittens, hats and slippers to sell at the market. She also creates “scrubbies” and modifies hand towels so they can be hung on an oven door or cupboard.

Like many gardeners, Senich spends the cold months planning her spring/summer garden and ordering seeds.

During the growing season, Senich loves working in the garden, raking the fresh soil and gets annoyed when someone walks over and leaves footprints on the beautiful surface.

She balances her summer garden work time with baking time. Customers line up for her caramel rolls, apple bars, cookies and cakes. Her bakery is well known and doesn’t last long.

Senich looks forward to market season.

“I just love the market — the people and the customers,” she said about what keeps her motivated. “It is such an enjoyable experience.”

She encourages anyone with an interest to grow vegetables and sell them at the market.

Senich is such a staple at the Hibbing Farmers Market that she’s been dubbed “Last Year Lois” because she is often heard saying, “This is my last year. I don’t think I will do this next year … getting too old for this.”

Yet she always returns.

With a great sense of humor and being a role model to fellow vendors, all at the market are happy and honored to have Senich join for yet another “last” year.

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Hibbing Farmers Market can be found on Facebook and at hibbingfarmersmarket.org.

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