Last summer, I made the mistake of only going to the farmers market twice over the entire season. Twice! That seems absolutely crazy. What better weekend ritual is there than a weekly trip to the farmers market for some fresh fruit, veggies, flowers, and roasted corn?!
This year, I've vowed to change that because there are just too many amazing local goods to pass up. This past Saturday, I headed to the Minneapolis Lyndale Farmers Market just off of 94 with a friend. I brought less than $20 with me, thinking I'd get a few items and that would be that. Let me tell you though, I wish I had brought $40.
The flower bouquets were gorgeous, the hot sauce tastings were fire (in a good way), and the produce was so big and juicy, I had to stop myself from digging my hand into my bag and eating it all before I got back home. Not to mention that the Lyndale market is huge - I thought it'd be just a row or two of stalls, but I could honestly get lost in all of the tomatoes and local vendors' fantastic items.
I ended up settling on some giant white peaches, fresh lemons, sweet green beans, a bag of wild rice harvested by the Ojibwe tribe at Leech Lake, and a large iced coffee to go. The weather was gorgeous and it was a perfect summer day. Plus, now my kitchen is stocked with the best food around.
If you're a planner and like to know exactly what is available before you take a trip, you can also check out their website for a "what's in season" chart.
I certainly won't be waiting around another year to go back. If I were you, I'd be sure to stop by this week for some fresh produce (or hey, if you need a t-shirt, they've got those there too). The market is open daily from 6am-1pm.
Guest post by Megan Warner