The very first Merrill Market Day was July 14, 1990. Succeeding Markets were then held on Saturdays in the Lincoln County jail parking lot, and Tuesdays in the Pamida store parking lot.

At that time, the market was under the auspices of the Merrill Chamber of Commerce, (Dee Olson president). The fee for set up was $2 a time.

For the first two years, Market Managers were Pat Cadwallader and Helene Pagoria.

In 1992 the association had a meeting to get more organized and Bernice Sauer was elected Market Manager, and remained in that position until she and her husband Lavern stopped going to the Farmers Market.

The group entered many parades in Merrill and Tomahawk and won prizes several times. Bernice always used the prize money to plan a party with food and games.

Early vendors were: Carl and Elaine Mittelsteadt, Elgart and Miriam Salefsky, Roland and Marge Williams, Sue Williams, David and JoAnn Sauer, Ed and Betty Johns, Ted and Lila Schleif, Roger Trumbly, Helene Pagoria, and Pat Cadwallader.