Nosh While You Shop

We know you hit the markets for incredibly fresh produce to cook at home, but those bags get heavy. You need sustenance!

    Red Wagon Pizza puts up creative slices, like this beet and goat cheese pie topped with fresh microgreens. Most ingredients come from the market where they are served.

    Gai Gai Thai brings a little heat with the special #7 sauce. Try it on this year’s new dish: kai grata with Chinese and Vietnamese sausages, leeks, and fried eggs.

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    Pop into Heartland Farm Direct Market across the street and grab one of the three daily homemade sandwiches, such as this one with cheese and pickles. Don’t forget to pick up some stock, lard, and house ice cream.

    Also known as hot dog central: Start on the north end at the Tollefson Family Grill with a porky Polish, which should last until you get all the way south for a cool drink and brat from Jerry Untiedt’s lemonade stand.

    Craving a bit of pastry? Solomon’s has your number with the perfect flaky chocolate-filled buns, chocolate-flavored twists, and curled cones of custard we all deserve.

A Book That Cooks

Contributing editor Beth Dooley’s new cookbook, Minnesota’s Bounty, is a bible for farmers’ market fans. Here’s a sampling of her tips.

Markets: Make the Drive

Check out these Twin Cities farmers' markets.

Meat and Greet

The Wemeiers are famous for their bacon, their eggs, and their way of making everyone feel like family.