Amy Cook of Yumbiance adds some sweetness to the Hibbing Farmers Market by creating treats using the bounty of local farms and gardens.

When you see images of spritely-colored vegetables falling in slow motion through cascading water, you might wonder where they came from … or where they’re going.

They came from the farm. They’re going to the table.

The farms are local. The table is yours. And the produce can be found at the Hibbing Farmers Market this summer.

Coming to the Farmers Market provides different experiences for various guests.

Some indulge in what was picked fresh that morning.

Some have an eye for preservation — that alchemy of glass and lid that pickles and preserves.

A fast-growing group of guests visiting the farmers market sneak in for the fun side of keeping it green ... they’ve discovered the Yumbiance tent.

Yumbiance is the creation of yummies by Amy Cook who uses her “sugar thumb” to add a touch of ambiance to treats like adding maple syrup to Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

The idea is to add a little twist to treats by using the bounty of local farms and gardens.

Wild blueberries and farm fresh eggs become Blueberry Scones baked fresh that morning. Tomato Basil Garlic Bread uses produce from fellow vendors.

“I’ve been baking most of my life,” said Cook. “And without exception, much of the extra ‘yummy’ baked into Yumbiance treats starts with the fresh produce at the Hibbing Farmers Market. Many of the farmers and growers get up before dawn and pick that day’s harvest. At least while I’m baking scones at 4 a.m., I know I’m not alone.”

Yumbiance attempts to move with the growing season. As carrots ripen, Cook will make carrot cake. She makes Caramel Apple Pie in the fall from neighbors’ apples.

“It’s a fun challenge to figure out a new recipe using fresh produce from that week’s market,” she said.

Although not everything from Yumbiance uses fresh garden produce (no one in Hibbing grows sugar?), everything is made completely homemade and as fresh as possible.


Yumbiance typically attends two of the three weekly Farmers Market days and also offers special orders and delivery. Find Yumbiance on Facebook or online at www.yumbiance.com.


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