Fresh air! Fresh vegetables! It’s the new season for farmers markets. Check out the start dates of nearly 30 Minneapolis markets in an interactive map at First to open was the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale Avenue N. last Saturday. The Nicollet Mall market, held on Thursdays, returns to the mall May 3 after a multiyear hiatus.

Shoppers from St. Paul and its suburbs can check out their favorite markets in a listing at The downtown St. Paul market opens Saturday.

Or look for markets throughout the state via the Minnesota Grown print or online directory at Don’t forget your cloth grocery bags!

Cheers to spring

You can taste 20-plus Minnesota wines at one destination with the Minnesota Farm Winery Association’s pop-up, Clink! Sip + Savor Wine Market, on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at Canterbury Park (1100 Canterbury Park, Shakopee). The annual event includes unlimited samplings and food from restaurants and local food producers. Doors open at 12:30. Guests must be at least 21 years old; no pets or children allowed. Tickets are $45 and available from


Scholarships and grants

The James Beard Foundation is accepting applications for more than 100 scholarships, tuition waivers and grants in 2018, with more than $690,000 available. Application forms are at and must be submitted by May 15.


Mushrooms and more

The third annual Morels and Memories Mushroom Hunt and Alzheimer’s Fundraiser will take place May 5 from 1-4 p.m. on Swede Lake Road in Watertown. Participants will be shown how to locate and identify morels, as well as learn how to prepare them. Snacks and beverages will be available. Prizes will be given for the first, largest and most morels, and participants keep what they find. Donation is $50 per person, ages 12 and under admitted free. All proceeds go to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Preregister at More information: or call 952-564-9000.