Farmers markets opening around Twin Cities metro area

  • Updated: May 13, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Food, drink, music and camaraderie are back as outdoor markets begin to open after a long, long winter.

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Last Thursday was opening day for the Excelsior farmers market, which takes over Water Street downtown from 2 to 6 p.m. each Thursday until Oct. 30.

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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.

Albertville

Location: Central Park along Main Avenue.

Hours: Thursdays from June 19 to Sept. 25, 3 to 7 p.m.

Andover

Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 13655 Round Lake Blvd.

Hours: Tuesdays from May 6 to Oct. 28, 2 to 6 p.m.

Apple Valley

Location: 7100 W. 147th St.

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

Apple Valley

Location: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd.

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

Blaine (Anoka County Farmers Market)

Location: St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 707 89th Av. NE.

Hours: Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon starting May 3, and Tuesdays from 2 to 5:30 p.m. starting July 15.

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  • Deb Hoen, of Family Farms in Delano put out jars of fruit preserves, she produces maple syrup and fruit preserves and jams on her farm growing all of the ingredients .] Farmers Market in Excelsior on Water Street Richard.Sennott@startribune.com Richard Sennott/Star Tribune Excelsior Minn. Thursday 5/08/2014) ** (cq)

  • Deb Hoen of Family Farms in Delano offered these jars of jewel-colored fruit preserves at the Excelsior farmers market, along with maple syrup and other goods. Farmers markets are opening around the Twin Cities.

  • Connor Ripley, 4, of Chanhassen, window-shopped with his grandmother, Danita Marschall, during last Thursday’s farmers market in downtown Excelsior.

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