Whether it’s biking, hiking, or kayaking down the mighty Mississippi, there is plenty to enjoy outside during Minnesota summers. Minneapolis in particular offers much to explore. With this new summer comes new interns with the Sol Team. As part of our experience, we have been getting to know the neighborhoods and all of the happenings within. This week, we took time to shop around some of the nearby farmers markets and experience the fresh and tasty local products. Scattered throughout the city, the farmers markets of Minneapolis are a popular weekly, sometimes daily destination for Minnesotans who are proud of their local farmers and want to support them in a fun, outdoor venue. Flowers, fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and homemade arts and crafts are just some of the items you will find as you explore the different markets.
The Minneapolis Farmers Market on East Lyndale Avenue by the International Market Square is the largest open air food market in the state. Local vendors showcase their passions here on a daily basis. In addition to produce and flower vendors, the site includes mini-donuts, refreshing lemonade, and hot dog stands, creating an environment reminiscent of the popular Minnesota State Fair.
Open on Thursdays, the Nicollet Mall Farmers Market is really the only market with a true downtown setting. Vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables as well as craft jerky, honey, and hot sauce pitch tents along the busy street, hoping to catch the crowd’s attention by offering free samples. For being in the heart of busy downtown Minneapolis, this market gives you the perfect opportunity to experience a lively intersection of urban and rural settings.
With the weekend comes perhaps the best time to visit the markets. Open every Saturday, the Mill City Farmers Market is located next to the Guthrie Theater near the Mississippi River. This market features the usual fresh produce and flowers, but also showcases homemade organic dog treats, barbeque sauces, fresh tea, and local hops for brewing your own beer. While walking the riverfront this weekend, be sure to stop by and discover all this market has to offer.
These are just three of the many farmers markets scattered throughout Minneapolis. To see a schedule or to find a farmers market near your neighborhood, click here.
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