BEST FARMERS' MARKET - 1998
You know by now why grocery-store produce tastes like soggy newspaper (no offense to the fine product you're holding in your hands): Really good vegetables, no matter how fancy the label, won't tolerate long journeys and refrigerated storage. So what are you doing freezing your butt off under neon lights? You belong in Lowertown, among crates of real tomatoes, fluffy lettuce, and silk-skinned cucumbers. Everything here is homegrown or homemade in Minnesota (an exception is made for a few border Wisconsinites); no corporate farmers, beekeepers, or basket weavers allowed. And which grocery store do you know that has live music almost every Sunday, and a petting zoo on select weekends? The market's open Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through October.