Minneapolis Farmers Market

The Minneapolis Farmers Market starts this weekend (April 25). And they have a Twitter account! Nice move. Hopefully they have more to say than “The first day is April 25,” though. Beyond what can be immediately assumed from “Minneapolis Farmers Market,” there are people (like me) who have never been, don’t know what to expect, and need just a little convincing to actually go. I did check out their website, though. I feel sort of ashamed being Minnesotan and never having gone to one, although I’m not sure why…

Is anyone particularly excited about the farmers market starting?

7 Comments so far

  1. derushaj on April 22nd, 2009 @ 7:32 am

    Liz, there are two farmers markets in Minneapolis that are really fun places to take your kids. The Minneapolis Farmers Market on Saturday usually has live music, and a wheel they let people spin to win free items from vendors (my son won a bottle of maple syrup). The food is a mix of produce that’s brought in for the market (there’s no bananas grown here) and locally produced stuff. It’s huge, and fun.

    The Mill City Farmers Market (right by the Guthrie) is smaller and all organic. It also has live music and generally there’s a vendor near the front who brings chickens and rabbits. Also hugely fun.

  2. Liz (lizgiel) on April 22nd, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    Jason, thanks so much for your comment! I appreciate the information. That sounds fabulous. I’m excited to take the family now. :-)

  3. amycrea on April 22nd, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    I actually prefer the Mill City market, which opens May 9 (I think). It’s smaller, but has a really good array of products. Plus, if you’re bringing kids, you could make a day of it–go to the Mill City Museum, walk around the Stone Arch Bridge, climb the hill next to the Guthrie, all sorts of fun stuff.

    If you do go to Mill City, stop by Loon Organics’ booth. I get my CSA from them. They’re a lovely couple, awfully young (to my jaded old eye) and raising fabulous organic produce.

    Oh, and I really hope Francisco is back this year with his pico de gallo…and I know the Aepleskiver folks are going to be there…yeah, I’m really excited for the market!

  4. tipper on April 22nd, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    I love farmer’s markets. They all have their good and bad points, however. I hate the produce resellers at the Lyndale market, but the place is so huge and bustling and diverse (if you know where to look; it can seem monotonous) that it’s one of my favorites. The Mill City market is nice, but it seems to have a big focus on value-added products (pastries, salad dressing, jams, candies, etc.) and everything is expensive. You can find some more unusual produce there, though. The vendors at Mill City seem to sell out of products quickly, too, and since there isn’t a whole lot of duplication with what people sell, you end up missing out.

    I like the smaller neighborhood markets the best for normal weekly shopping. You pretty much have the same basic produce to choose from without the crowds. The NE farmer’s market is a good one that runs on Saturdays, as is the one in Powderhorn, and it turns out New Hope will have one this year on Saturdays as well (I’ll be there selling my handmade soap!).

    Here’s a massive list of farmer’s markets in Minnesota.

  5. tipper on April 22nd, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    P.S. The Lyndale market doesn’t really start hopping until closer to the end of may. The first month or so is mostly meat, produce resellers, and a few other people who sell salsa, wild rice, that sort of thing. Last year the only produce I found right away was parsnips (yummy).

  6. Liz (lizgiel) on April 22nd, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

    Thanks for the great information everyone. I really appreciate it! Can’t wait to go to the markets this year.

  7. adams922 on April 25th, 2009 @ 9:52 am

    Hi Liz,

    We are excited about the Farmer’s market but the real fun is when actual produce from the area shows up. Meats, cheese, flowers and out-of-state fruit are fine but local produce at this time can’t be more than leafy stuff. The local asparagus arrives next month and it is fantastic when fresh! Other events – Tomorrow is the Ironman ride run by the American Youth Hostel. This is the original Ironman event and it is a ride, not a race out of Lakeville. There will be over 5000 riders but the weather doesn’t look promising. Next Sunday – not tomorrow – is the MayDay parade ending in Powderhorn Park. This is truly the "beginning of Spring" event in Minnesota.

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