>Minneapolis Farmer’s Market


The Farmer’s Market in Minneapolis is amazing. Nothing else could get me out of bed before 9 am on a weekend except the promise of fresh produce and fresh eggs with nice, orange yolks. Well, maybe a few other things but not many because I really do like to sleep. You can buy pretty much everything at the market and it’s fresh, tasty, and was probably picked out of the field less than 24 hours before you buy it.

Purple basil!
I sometimes dream about having an herb farm

Minnesota is well-known for long, awful winters, funny accents, Michelle Bachmann and hotdish. In truth, though, we actually have a pretty decent growing season and a lot of food options. Senor is originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where sadly very few things can be grown due to an incredibly short growing season. I was shocked when I learned this because really, we’re not much further south than the UP. Tomatoes simply don’t ripen in time before the frost starts there and what’s a garden without a few tomato plants? The only thing they ‘farm’ up there is wood and you don’t ever see markets in church parking lots or those roadside stalls selling corn, tomatoes, cantaloupe and peppers.

Fresh cut flowers, amazing arrangements and cheaper than any Sam’s Club or grocery store.

Farmer’s markets are in excess here. There’s a market on Wednesdays across the street from my house. There’s another one in downtown Minneapolis every Thursday. There’s a market across the street from my work on Tuesdays. And there’s the largest market, the Minneapolis Market every day of the week from 6 am until 1 pm from April until Decemeber. From December through March, the market is open every other Saturday. It’s outside but has permanent structures where the market stalls are set up under red metal coverings. The market has 230 vendors which means you can pretty much buy anything you ever wanted. Adjacent to the market is another market which is sort of confusing but suffice it to say that there’s one giant complex and a ton of stuff to buy. There are vendors selling coffee and espresso, giant cinnamon rolls, roasted corn, breakfast burritos, sausages, fish tacos, etc. There’s an area of non-food products for clothing, hand bags, soaps, pottery and coffee beans. Street musicians play flutes, accordions, trumpets, trombones and everything in between.

The market is hugely popular. Every summer weekend the parking lots are jam-packed and traffic cops direct cars and people so no one gets run over. Last year in September my mom and I bought tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro and garlic and made 12 quarts of tomato sauce and 24 pints of salsa all with food purchased at the market. The market is one of my very favorite places despite the massive crowds (I’m not crazy about people you see). The selection is awesome, the food is even better and it brings me a lot of happiness to know that I’m looking at the farmer that grew my food as I pay for it. Also it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than anywhere else.

Bushels of food are available in addition to smaller baskets

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