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13 outdoor farmers markets opening soon in the Twin Cities

Here’s a welcome sign of spring: the 2019 outdoor farmers market season is getting underway in the Twin Cities metro area. Here are 13 that are getting underway in the next few weeks.

April 27:  Minneapolis Farmers Market (312 E. Lyndale Av. N., Mpls., 612-333-1718) starts its 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily schedule.

April 27:  St. Paul Farmers Market (290 E. 5th St., St. Paul) opens, running Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 2:  The Nicollet Mall outlet of the Minneapolis Farmers Market (between 6th and 9th streets) opens, running Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

May 4:  Midtown Farmers Market opens, running Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a new location: 3032 Minnehaha Av. S., in the parking lot of Moon Palace Books.

May 4:  Mill City Farmers Market (Chicago Av. S. and S. 2nd St., Mpls.) opens, running Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 7:  Andover Farmers Market (13655 Round Lake Blvd., Andover) opens, running Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m.

May 7:  The Hennepin County Government Center outlet of the Minneapolis Farmers Market (300 S. 6th St., Mpls.) opens, running Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 7:  Roseville Farmers Market (2131 Fairview Av. N., Roseville,) opens, running Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon.

May 9:  Burnsville Farmers Market (3333 Cliff Rd., Burnsville) opens, running Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

May 10:  The St. Thomas More location of the St. Paul Farmers Market (1093 Summit Av., St. Paul) opens, running Friday from 1:15 to 5 p.m.

May 15:  The Aldrich Arena location of the St. Paul Farmers Market (1850 White Bear Av., Maplewood), opens, running Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon.

May 18:  Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market (629 NE. 2nd St., Mpls.) opens, running Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 18:  Richfield Farmers Market (6335 Portland Av. S., Richfield) opens, running Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

We survived: 13 outdoor restaurants opening in the Twin Cities and beyond

Far be it to allow a little frozen precipitation to get in the way of the seasonal restaurant schedule.

Despite snow and decidedly patio-unfriendly temperatures, Sea Salt Eatery in Minnehaha Park (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo) in Minneapolis, kicked off its 2019 season on Friday. Spring hours are 11 a.m. to 8 pm. daily. Fried crawfish po' boys, pickled herring and soft-shell crab sandwiches, here we come!

Meanwhile, at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Sandcastle -- home to a standard-setting BLT, not to mention some lavishly embellished hot dogs and one of the city's great pulled pork sandwiches  -- is set to open on April 24. (That's the beachside stand's lake view, pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo).

On the subject of an opening date for Lake Harriet's Bread & Pickle (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo), "Long-range weather forecasts indicate early May," said owner Kim Bartmann. Look for the addition of a food truck -- parked in the nearby lot -- to materialize during busy nights at the adjacent bandshell.

Lola on the Lake (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo), on the northeast shore of Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) could be open in a few weeks. "We may be looking at a soft opening by May 1st," said marketing manager Jeffrey Fortson. "We're finalizing our menu and calendar of events."

The plan for brothers Sameh and Saed Wadi and their Milkjam Ice Cream & Hot Dogs in south Minneapolis (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo)? "We are working on having it ready sometime in mid-May," said Saed Wadi.

Meanwhile, be on the lookout for the seasonal rebirth of a few classic drive-ins.

The East Side institution that is the Dari-ette Drive-In (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo) doesn't have an opening date, yet. "Stay tuned" is the message being shared on social media.

The friendly folks behind the Peppermint Twist in Delano (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo), surely the pink-est restaurant in Minnesota, are aiming to reopen during the last week of April; call 763-972-2572 to confirm.

And let the root beer flow! The Minnetonka Drive In in Spring Park (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo) is already keeping spring hours; the carports are open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. In addition, two 651-area soft-serve ice cream classics, the Cup and Cone in White Bear Lake, and Conny's Creamy Cone in St. Paul, have been braving the uncooperative weather for more than a month. 

Several seasonal destinations in the Lake Pepin region have already opened. In Pepin, Wis., the classic Harbor View Cafe (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo) has kicked off its 40th season, serving lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday.

Just east of Red Wing, Minn., in Bay City, Wis., Chef Shack Bay City (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo) is also back in business, with dinner Friday and Saturday, plus Sunday brunch.

And on April 19, baker Sandra Thielman is launching the 19th season of her Smiling Pelican Bakeshop in Maiden Rock, Wis. (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo), following her usual Friday-through-Sunday schedule.

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