If you’re one to suffer from buyer’s remorse, you can be rest assured. Many of the following markets are the one-stop-shop for your needs ranging from art, to plantings, to sweet corn. (Besides, the giant steel sculpture you buy for your living room looks great. It’s in the eye of the beholder, right?) Here are some of the best farmers’ markets to get what you pay for, in no particular order.
Richfield Farmers’ Market
6400 Portland Ave.
Richfield, MN 55423
This market opens May 7 and they are not shy about telling customers most of the produce is grown locally. You’ll also be happy to know the items sold on Saturdays is picked the day before, at the latest.
St. Paul Farmers’ Market
290 E 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Nestled in my favorite part of downtown, this farmers market is great, rain or shine. Its roof provides shelter from the weather elements of the day and the Mears park nearby is a real treat–maybe a spot to relax with your friends, family, or pooch. Also, plenty of parking. Opens April 30.
Isanti Family Farmers’ Market
17 W Main St.
Isanti, MN 55040
If you live in the city, get on Highway 7 and head straight west. This market opened April 10 and is a great place to bring your kids. Ask about the Bluebird House Building weekend.
Minneapolis Farmers’ Market Annex
I am a huge fan of this location. Just as you see the giant rooster greeting you upon your arrival, the shopping begins with pottery, crafts and sculptures. Clothing and accessories is next and then move on to tasty, fresh produce. The plantings are the big finish and smell great. Opens April 30.
Mill City Farmers’ Market
704 2nd St. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Views of the river and high-energy is found here. I used to live near by and will never forget the excitement from shoppers. The fruit, vegetables and art are a feast for the eyes. Look for the chocolate and caramel vendor: they’ll give you a free sample. Opens May 7.
Midtown Farmers’ Market
2225 E Lake St.
(Lake St. E & 27th Ave. S)
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Aside from the fresh produce and one-of-a-kind art, the live music makes this one a real gem. Also, this location is right off the light rail. Opens May 7.
Maple Grove Farmers’ Market
12951 Weaver Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Fresh produce sold weekly and with its more than 50 vendors, you won’t leave empty handed. The family oriented activities and fun for kids makes this market one not to pass up. Opens June 9.
Centennial Lakes Farmers’ Market
Centennial Lakes Park
After shopping around the Centennial Lakes area, stop by this market. The fresh produce will appear to be obvious and the fresh meat and poultry add to the originality of this shopping experience. Opens June 16.
Goose Lake Artisan Farmers’ Market
Picking up the freshest eats of the week is important, but adding a bottle of wine to the list is also a treat. This location is definitely one to visit if you are a fan of letting your kids check out the farm animals, amping up your diet, and enjoying that tasty sip of vino. Opens May 14.
Woodbury Farmers’ Market
2175 Radio Dr.
If you are going to be shopping in the popular Valley Creek area, stop by this market. More activities for kids and a fun place to spend the afternoon lies here. Opens June 19.
And a bonus …Rochester Downtown Farmers’ Market
16th St. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
I stopped by here last summer and loved the food sold from the local vendors. The breakfast is amazing. When traveling south of the Twin Cities, start here when planning a day of spontaneity. Opens May 7.
-Justin Reis is a WCCO intern studying broadcast journalism at the University of Minnesota. His passion for finding the “best” in the Twin Cities is inspired by his role as a group fitness instructor and interests ranging from “anything artistic” to “anything social.” Please leave a comment on what you think of his recommendations.