Twin Cities' farmers markets are ready for business

Green is on the horizon. The Minneapolis Farmers Market downtown opened today, with others to follow
Green is on the horizon. The Minneapolis Farmers Market downtown opened today, with others to follow

It looks as if this is finally happening. Spring has fought through those epic snowbanks and is finally forcing its way back into our backyards. Farmers markets are making a comeback. One starts today, while others have had to push back their opening date for the first time ever. Here is a guide for you to find your nearest farmer's market.

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Minneapolis Farmer's Market downtown Thursday market opens on Nicollet Mall starting today. Its Saturday market on Lyndale Avenue will open this weekend at 6 a.m. What we're lacking in growing season will be made up for in year-round favorites like meats, cheeses, honey, soap, flowers, and produce brought in from places that weren't so thoroughly punished by Old Man Winter. It also has artisans selling an assortment of non-food items. Surround yourself with friendly people and a bevy of free samples. From Saturday on, the market will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For the first time ever, the local-centric Lowertown St. Paul Farmers Market has had to push back its opening. This Saturday it will have one more winter market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winter market includes some vendors, like Prairie Pride, Otis Family Farms and Bar 5 Farms, outside with fresh eggs, meat, bread, dog treats, plus others with honey, bread, and more. Inside Golden's Deli there is more to explore, with baked goods, salsas, pasta, and maple syrup, among other goodies. The market will be back next weekend with its summer hours, Saturday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As the weather continues to warm, other area markets will soon pop up near your neighborhood. Here are a few more favorites:

Midtown Minneapolis Farmers Market on East Lake Street at Hiawatha will open May 4, with hours Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays (starting in June) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mill City Farmers Market in the shade of the Guthrie Theater will open Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market also opens May 11 at the Ukrainian Event Center, with a not-your-typical pancake breakfast that will feature a cash bar with craft cocktails alongside the flappers. It's $10 for adults, $5 for kids, from 9 a.m. to noon. Seasonal hours are rain or shine 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.

Fulton Farmers Market opens May 18 on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 49th and Chowen. /

Kingfield Farmers Market follows its Fulton neighbors, opening Sunday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot near 43rd and Nicollet.

Linden Hills Farmers Market, another Sunday option, will return June 2 in the Settergren's parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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