Seasonal produce is the spine of a farmers market, and whereas there is not a lot that grows throughout a Minnesota winter, that does not imply there aren’t high quality native items to be bought throughout the winter months.
Winter farmers markets will be discovered all throughout the Twin Cities Metro and are a protected technique to get out of the home, meet up with a good friend and help native enterprise.
“It is an incredible sense of group and folks gathering collectively to help small enterprise and purchase native — all these stuff you wish to proceed into the winter market,” mentioned Karla Haugen, proprietor of the Prior Lake Farmers Market.
After a profitable summer time season, Haugen revived Prior Lake’s winter market this fall after a couple of dormant years.
“This yr, with so many actions and occasions being closed, after which simply my feeling that we actually wanted to assist help native enterprise, I made a decision to do the winter market,” Haugen mentioned in November.
As a substitute of rows of contemporary greens and ripe fruits, the stalls at winter farmers markets are full of extra perennial items, comparable to meats, cheeses, jams and jellies, salsas and sizzling sauces, granola, maple syrup, contemporary baked items, espresso, native artwork and artisanal crafts.
Much less distributors, smaller crowds and in the end extra open area make winter farmers markets a pretty exercise this season, amid the pandemic.
“The whole lot is just about downsized,” mentioned Mao Lee, supervisor of the Minneapolis Farmers Market. That mentioned, the Minneapolis market, positioned close to Goal Discipline, has seen elevated crowds to this point this winter.
“I feel that is attributed to the climate and to COVID,” Lee mentioned. “All summer time lengthy we’ve got been making an attempt to get the message out that native companies, small enterprise, small farmers — individuals in these companies want your help.”
However winter farmers markets do not solely assist struggling distributors, they’re additionally helpful to the guests.
“Individuals are available in and notice this can be a technique to be out and about, take footage … simply the truth that they’re in a position to be exterior and luxuriate in time with household and associates as a substitute of being caught at dwelling,” Lee mentioned.
In Prior Lake, Haugen mentioned the farmers market has been a wholesome method for individuals to remain in contact with their group whereas staying socially distanced.
“We have to discover locations of connection on the earth proper now,” she mentioned. “I feel proper now there may be loads of division, so any issues we will do to deliver us collectively, I feel are crucial.”
Farmers markets will be discovered throughout the Twin Cities Metro this season. Listed below are among the hottest venues:
- Mill Metropolis Farmers Market, 704 S 2nd St., Minneapolis. Indoor/outside, 10 a.m. to midday, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 & 27, April 10 & 24. Extra data: www.millcityfarmersmarket.org.
- Minneapolis Winter Farmers Market, 312 E Lyndale Ave. N, Minneapolis. Outside, 9 a.m. to midday, Jan. 9 & 23, Feb. 6 & 20, March 6 & 20, April 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25. Extra data: www.mplsfarmersmarket.com.
- Neighborhood Roots Outside Market (Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis markets), 4901 Chowen Ave., Minneapolis. Outside, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17. Extra data: www.neighborhoodrootsmn.org.
- Northeast Winter Market, 629 2nd Avenue NE, Minneapolis. Outside, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3. Extra data: www.northeastfarmersmarket.com.
- Prior Lake Winter Farmers Market, Southlake Village Mall, Prior Lake. Indoor, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 13, March 6 and April 3. Extra data: www.priorlakefarmersmarket.com.
- St. Paul Farmers Market, 290 fifth St. E, St. Paul. Outside, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays by April 17. Extra data: www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com.