To market, to market

Posted on August 7th, 2007 – 10:48 AM
By Robyn Dochterman

Did you know it’s National Farmer’s Market Week? It’s true. If you haven’t been to your local farmer’s market yet this year, now is a perfect time to visit. It’s harvest time for a lot of local edibles, not the least of which (as Connie pointed out in the last post) is tomatoes.

There are nearly 90 farmer’s markets in Minnesota. If you want to catch one today, try the Midtown Farmer’s Market at Lake and 22nd Ave. in Minneapolis from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Busy today? You might like to see the whole list of Minnesota farmer’s markets. You can even search by day of the week and then zoom in to your location to see what farmer’s markets are available near you.

Do you have a favorite market or vendor? What’s your experience at farmer’s markets been like? Do you do regular shopping at one, or it is more of an outing where buying produce or products is secondary to the experience?

6 Responses to "To market, to market"

Judybusy says:

August 7th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

My absolute favorite vendor is Tollefson’s, at the big Minneapolis market. Continuing on the TBL post by Connie, the man simply has the best bacon available. He also sells ham steaks, smoked chops, brats, Italian suasage, etc, etc. He is located at the north end, outside the “shed” on the Lyndale side of the market.

Tracy says:

August 7th, 2007 at 2:11 pm

I’ve been very pleased with the new Bloomington farmer’s market. It opened the weekend after the 4th of July, and I’ve been there every weekend except the first. There have been tons of people, even last Saturday when it was rainy. It’s not a huge market, but it’s much closer to home and has all the basics.

laura says:

August 7th, 2007 at 8:40 pm

i’ve been to the farmers market a few times already this year, hitting the one at international market square on lyndale in mpls. we picked up a couple crates of peaches for canning, baby cucumbers and fresh dill and garlic for pickling, even pickled some green beans. and next weekend we hope to find a few lugs of pears to can. mmmmm, good stuff there.

Seza says:

August 8th, 2007 at 7:59 am

We don’t frequent any farmer’s markets very often because we participate in a CSA from Harmony Valley Farms. We get fresh organic produce sent to us from WI each week. Last week we got eggplant, green beans, onions, garlic, purple potatoes, salad greens, and yellow tomatoes to name a few. We really love it. The Midtown market is the closest to our house and it is great.

Cynthia Ward says:

August 8th, 2007 at 8:26 am

Ah, yes……….the Mpls. Farmer’s Market is truly where it’s at. Excitement kicks in as one approaches the vendors and is treated to a most glorious display of color, texture and scent. The luring aroma of buttered sweetcorn, grilled-to-perfection brats and jaw-dropping cinnamon rolls sets even the most proper guest into drooling. Your eyes feast on a sumptuous, seemingly never-ending, banquet of rich color in both produce and foliage.! It’s absolutely amazing! When time is of the essence, however, I find both the Richfield and Kingsfield markets pleasingly adequate. Awesome breads, cheese, meats and of course, the season’s best in produce.