Food, drink, music and camaraderie are back at outdoors markets.
The scent of fresh baked goods fills the air. Tender greens cover tables. A band plays as visitors tap their feet. And taste buds water at the prospect of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Now that spring has arrived after one of the longest, hardest winters in memory, outdoor farmers markets are opening around the Twin Cities metro area. Each week this month and into June, more markets will open, expanding the number of places to find locally grown foods, handmade arts and crafts, and cheerful company. Following is a list of many farmers markets around the area, starting with ones in the north metro. If you know of others, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 13655 Round Lake Blvd.
Hours: Tuesdays from May 6 to Oct. 28, 2 to 6 p.m.
Blaine (Anoka County Farmers Market)
Location: St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 707 89th Av. NE.
Hours: Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon starting May 3, and Tuesdays 2 to 5:30 p.m. starting July 15
Location: Lyric Arts Theater, 420 E. Main St.
Hours: Thursdays starting July 17, 2-5 p.m.
Location 1: Discover Church parking lot, 1400 81st Av. N.
Hours: Tuesdays from May 20 to Oct. 14, 3 to 7 p.m.
Location 2: Zane Sports Park, 8717 Zane Av. N.
Hours: Wednesdays from June 18 to Oct. 15, 3 to 7 p.m.
Location: Mary T’s, off Northdale Boulevard east of Hwys. 10 and 47
Hours: Wednesdays, July 16-September, 3 to 6 p.m.