Farmer's markets starting their seasons in south metro

  • Article by: DANIELLE DULLINGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 13, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Food, drink, music and camaraderie are back at outdoor markets, though late winter delayed most veggies.

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Don Pflaum of Farmington carried some flowers and seed sets for Cathy Reichert of Apple Valley at the Burnsville farmers market last Thursday.

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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. Here’s a list of many farmers markets around the area. If you know of others, e-mail events@startribune.com.

Apple Valley

Location 1: 7100 W. 147th St.

Hours: Saturdays from June 14 to Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location 2: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd.

Hours: Wednesdays from July 9 to Aug. 27, noon to 4 p.m.

Belle Plaine

Location: Court Square Park, 410 N. Cedar St.

Hours: Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Bloomington

Location: Bloomington Civic Plaza in the east parking lot, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.

Hours: Saturdays from June 7 to Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Burnsville

Location 1: 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy.

Hours: Saturdays from June 14 to Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location 2: Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Rd.

Hours: Thursdays through Oct. 30, noon to 5 p.m.

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