I am jonesin' for Spring. Right now, I am staking a claim on any outdoor patio table that I can find (had a nice Strongbow Cider afternoon at Psycho Suzi's the other day). And the markets! This weekend marks the opening of the big farmers markets in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I am an early prowler, I admit it. I know it's mostly a floral market at this point, but I just need to wander the aisles with brat and lemonade in hand. I seriously love getting in there, butts to elbows with everyone, and watching what people are buying, listening to the producers proudly describing their wares, and planning my weekend meals row by row. Yes, I am a food nerd, I get excited when there's dirt clumped on the green onions I buy.
Although the Mill City Farmers Market won't be opening this weekend (must wait until May 10), I was lucky enough to get a sneaky peek at some of the local vendors. I have to say that I have a little crush on Matt Oxford who runs Wild Run Salmon. He's a big, burly dude who takes his kids with him to Alaska to catch the fish that he sells. He custom packs his entire catch and handles his fish through the entire process.
Also had some killer all-natural s'mores from the prairievores at Very Prairie, a spicy Nepalese momo from the Cafe Himalaya gang, and a rich and unexpected beef tongue taco from Carrie Summer, soon-to-be market star Chef Shack—the further evolution of Urban Donut (look for a hot truck with Hula-Hoopin' go-go dancers, fresh donuts, and funky music).
I know it could snow this weekend, but it will have to blizzard to keep me from getting my spring market fix.
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