Get ready to bust out your canvas bags and set your alarm clocks--farmers market season is right around the corner. We've got an embarrassment of awesome markets in the Cities, and that number continues to grow. There's no shortage of places to grab killer produce or ingenious ingredients, and a recent preview event for the Mill City Farmers Market at the always-awesome Spoonriver proved why this may be the premier market in the area.
Sonny's Ice Cream will make its farmers market debut this year. The plan is to serve from a cart and rotate between six and eight seasonal flavors. I immediately fell in love with my sample of Sonny's passion fruit sorbet, and the caramel crème brulée was as rich and creamy as you can imagine.
On top of organizing outstanding cooking demos, the folks from Spoonriver will be rocking their own crepe stand, adding to the already stellar lineup of prepared foods. They'll offer a combination of five sweet and savory options and will be making these delightfully thin treats to order. Don't skip the chocolate, banana, and strawberry combo--not a bad way to start off some power shopping!
The gals from Singing Hills have decided to ditch the produce game (they've sold for a few years at MCFM) to pursue a passion for raising goats and creating rich chevre. All their milk is locally sourced, with a good quantity coming from their Sannan and Nubian breeds. These folks are just so darn nice, and they make a subtle, soft but rich cheese. They will also be selling feta, goat's milk, and kefir.
Let's face it, the first few weeks of the season can be pretty brisk, so heading over to the lovely ladies at Curry Lane may be a good way to start off your trip to the market. They'll serve you anything from momos to an authentic Nepali or Indian curry in no time. They source their ingredients from their fellow merchants and will change their menu based on what's fresh. I totally dug--and shoveled--their potato and cabbage curry, featuring a pleasant spice blend and comfortable burn.
There will be absolutely no shortage of things to see, do, and eat at this year's market. Don't forget to swing down for the "opener" on May 8 (8 a.m. -1 p.m.) and pick up something special to cook your momma for Mother's Day.