Photo by Paul Nelson—Styling by Janna Chin
Twin Cities' farmers' market goods
FACT: Farmers’ markets are proliferating like chives in a garden. The number of Minnesota markets has more than doubled in the last decade—there are now 186 throughout the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Beyond produce and other locally made foods, farmers’ markets are becoming a great place to discover non-edible products—for the table, and beyond.
Beyond Food and Flowers
Some of our favorite nonperishable finds are inspired by farmers’ markets themselves: Idlewilde makes soy candles scented like mint, lilac, grapefruit, kumquat, and more. Vandalia Street Press’s card collection features lemons, oranges, and other colorful fruits. Find both brands at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market on select Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 629 NE 2nd St., Mpls.
This carry-all was made for artists featured in the Edina Art Fair, but now it’s available for everyone to purchase. Art of Edina tote bag ($20), liveandlovemn.com
Find a Market
Minnesota Grown is the place to find a farmers’ market near you — search by city or product.
By the River
Mill City Farmers Market is the place to find ceramics, leather goods, jewelry, and more from some of the Twin Cities’ finest artisans. It’s not easy to get in, and artists who are accepted rotate, so you’ll see different design objects each week, including many inspired by food, like Oh Dier’s upcycled serving trays and cutting boards, handmade in St. Paul. Saturdays, 8 a.m.– 1 p.m., 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls.
Around the Metro
Get your farmers’ market fix all week long: Check out Wayzata on Thursdays from 2–6 p.m., The Promenade at Centennial Lakes in Edina on Thursdays from 3–7 p.m., and White Bear Lake on Fridays from 8 a.m.–noon.
By the Lake
Our perfect Sunday morning includes a walk around Lake Harriet, coffee at the new Rose Street Patisserie, and a visit to Linden Hills Farmers Market, which features food artisans, body care products, food trucks, and neighborhood retailers like Heartfelt. After the market, explore Linden Hills shops including Bibelot, Grace & Co, Honeyshine, and the big payoff for the kiddos: Wild Rumpus. Sundays, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.