By Joy Summers
The Sunday Kingfield Farmers Market draws people from across the metro area in search of bright greens, lovingly canned goods, tasty bakery offerings and a little entertainment. Each farmer’s market has developed a unique flavor and draw, but at Kingfield, in addition to the bountiful fresh, local produce, there’s a humming sense of this diverse community’s pride, tucked into one small parking lot.
Solveig Tofte of nearby Sun Street Breads, a blue bandana wrapped over her head, stands smiling behind her quickly disappearing pile of exquisite, fresh bread. She serves milk gravy studded with fennel seed, sweet, porky breakfast sausage over her fluffy, tender biscuits for only $5. A sweet grandmotherly-approved way to start a weekend morning. Pick up a loaf of the lunch box bread, made with oatmeal, whole-wheat flour, a bit of brown sugar and croissant scraps for $5 — a hearty, soft basis just begging for a sandwich.
Nearby the Chef Shack churns out their addictive cinnamon, cardamom, sugar dusted mini-donuts, barely salted –- just enough so an entire bag never tastes too sweet. Fried, fluffy little balls of dough that always disappear about five seconds before you’re ready to say goodbye. There’s a reason we named them one of the Twin Cities’ Best Bets for Donuts.
Whirring next to them is the Foxy Falafel smoothie bike. Kids gather around watching fresh fruit become juice blends. If you haven’t yet tried them, these falafel sandwiches are truly the best to be had anywhere in the Twin Cities. Fried, herby chickpea mixture, so light you’d swear they’d float away if not so softly nestled in a whole wheat pocket, tucked in with crispy cabbage and dressed in luscious sauce.
Acoustic musical guests entertain families, kids dance in front of a jazzily played violin, or a jaunty little banjo lick.
In another corner of a market a clown spins balloon animals for the kids, while parents snack on crispy, raw peapods, sweet as candy and green as a summer meadow.
Every second Sunday of the month is a featured ingredient cook off. For just a couple of bucks you can get in on the tasting of all the homemade goods. Keep an eye out for area chefs and local food scenesters, haunting the stalls with heavy canvas bags.
For a complete list of vendors, visit the Kingfield Farmers Market website.
Kingfield Farmers Market
4310 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Every Sunday through October 30
Hours: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.