Minnesota Farmers' Market Association 

Meet Our Board Members

Sandy Dietz - Vice President 

Sandy, along with her husband Lonny and family, run Whitewater Gardens Farm in SE MN. The Dietzs' raise a variety of certified organic produce, specializing in sweet potatoes, carrots, and greenhouse tomatoes all year round. With 22 years’ experience raising produce, the farm sells at the Winona Farmers’ Market and the Rochester Downtown Farmers’ Market, local restaurants in Winona, Rochester, LaCrosse, and the Twin Cities, as well as local co-ops and schools.

Sandy has also served on the board of the Winona Farmers’ Market Association, Winona County EDA Local Foods Subcommittee, LSP steering committee, and the FSA County committee. She sees opportunities for farmers’ markets in the current food trends, along with the younger generation finding value in sustainable farming.

Ruth White, Secretary (2023)

Ruth became an adviser to the MFMA board in 2000, when she began working in the Agriculture Marketing section of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Ruth has observed tremendous growth and development in the MFMA’s ability to serve Minnesota’s farmers' markets over the years. 

Ruth completed her term in 2018 as Secretary for the Farmers' Market Coalition.

Ruth’s favorite vegetable is sweet corn….with butter.

Ron Branch, Treasurer  (2023)

Ron is a fruit, vegetable, and cut-flower grower who also serves as the manager of the Alexandria, MN Farmers Market. He has been involved with his market since the late 80’s and has also played a role in the creation of the new local foods online marketplace, LocalHarvestMarket.co

Ron has been involved with the MFMA since its “concept stage” in the late ‘90s and has served in many capacities as a board member and officer. He has first-hand knowledge of the organization’s development and relationships with peers, funders, and members.

Ron finds satisfaction in providing services to Famers Markets, communities and promoting local foods. The community connections and personal/ physical sustenance that people receive from markets are part of a centuries-old tradition. Ron enjoys participating in this lively interconnection within his own market.

Ron’s favorite vegetable is any vegetable that is in season!

John Anderes  (2022)

Karen Wingard (2022)

Karen has been the director of the Elk River Farmers' Market for the past 3 years and has enjoyed every part of it.  She really enjoys the relationships that are made and the connections with the community. 

Karen joined the MFMA board of directors in 2016 and was elected Secretary in 2017. She would like to see the MFMA be a “go to” for all markets in the state and be able to provide the information that markets and vendors need to make each market successful. She has served on many other community boards and will use the skills she developed within the other organizations to help the MFMA grow.  She wants to help the MFMA to retain and grow in the knowledge they are able to offer to markets and vendors. 

Karen’s favorite vegetable would of course be potatoes :)

Bonnie Hanna-Powers, Adviser

Annie Klodd, Adviser

Annie Klodd is a statewide Extension Educator for fruit and vegetable production at the University of Minnesota. She works with farmers across the state to deliver research-based guidance on growing fruit and vegetable crops. Her favorite crop to work with is pumpkins, but the most delicious is apples. She manages the UMN Extension Fruit and Vegetable Newsletter and co-hosts the UMN fruit and vegetable podcast called “What’s Killing My Kale?” Annie grew up on a vineyard in Iowa and holds a Masters degree in Plant Biology from Penn State University where she studied viticulture.

Ward Nefstead, Adviser

Ward is the an Associate Professor and Extension Economist at the University of Minnesota, specializing in Agribusiness, Commodity Marketing, and Farm Management. 

MFMA provides services, programs, and leadership that support and promote farmers' markets across Minnesota.

Minnesota Farmers' Market Association /// 9800 155th Street East, Nerstrand MN 55053 /// info@mfma.org 

Communications Director: Kim Guenther /// kguenther@mfma.org /// (573) 470-4445 

Economic Opportunities VISTA: Maeve Mallozzi-Kelly /// maeve@mfma.org /// (574) 310-5553

Executive Director: Kathy Zeman /// kzeman@mfma.org /// (507) 664-9446 


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