h oward Lake GUIDEBOOK 2016-2017 13 Seasonal farmers market offers local produce By Ana Alexander Staff Writer The Howard Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsors the farmers market, which takes place seasonally Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in Memorial Park. Shoppers have a wide selection of goods to choose from – and the list of vendors continues to grow. Myra Laway, who runs the market, hopes to increase vendors for the 2017 season. In 2016, the average number of vendors at the market each week was seven; however, some weeks the market saw as many as 12. Handmade soaps, local produce, handmade jewelry, and locally-produced honey are just a few items that can be found among the vendors’ tables. A food truck, serving burgers and kabobs, was one feature of the farmers market in 2016. Submitted Photo Laway hopes to grow the market even further, potentially Fresh, homemade salsa is just one treasure that can be found adding other forms of entertainment to the market in 2017. at the Howard Lake Farmers Market. Submitted Photo Shoppers peruse the wide variety of vendors set up at Memorial Park for the Howard Lake Farmers Market. The market is set up near the playground in Memorial Park, so children can play while their parents shop. The park also has a large shelter, which allows the market to be open, rain or shine. “Memorial Park has been a wonderful venue, because they have a huge shelter,” Laway said. “We set up under the shelter [when it rained] and all of the vendors were dry, and traffic still came through.” In 2016, the market ran from June until September, and was open the first and third Saturday of each month. In September, the market was open every Saturday, due to popularity and plenty of additional stock from vendors. Those interested in becoming vendors can apply by downloading the application on the Howard Lake Chamber of Commerce’s website: howardlakechamber.com. Local lakes offer plenty of good fishing By Ana Alexander Staff Writer The Howard Lake area has a multitude of good fishing lakes, with Howard Lake, located north of Highway 12; Dutch Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Ann, Lake Emma, and Round Lake, located southeast of Howard Lake; and Smith Lake, located east of Howard Lake. “The fishing is excellent here,” Joe’s Sports Shop owner Joe Drusch said. “We really have great lakes for it.” Area lakes are treated for invasive species, such as Eurasian millfoil, annually. Multiple fishing contests take place each year, including the Howard Lake Ice Fishing Derby in January, the Dutch Lake Ice Fishing Contest in Photo by Tasha Jahn February, and the Good Neighbor Days Fishing contest Local fishermen find fish of all varieties in Howard Lake, including in June. northern, crappie, bass, walleye, and perch.