Food, drink, music and camaraderie are back as outdoor markets begin to open after a long, long winter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Central Park along Main Avenue.
Hours: Thursdays from June 19 to Sept. 25, 3 to 7 p.m.
Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 13655 Round Lake Blvd.
Hours: Tuesdays from May 6 to Oct. 28, 2 to 6 p.m.
Location: 7100 W. 147th St.
Hours: Saturdays from June 14 to Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.