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Midtown Farmers Market: Week 3—Sunshine

colorful aprons hanging in the sunshine

As much as I love the fresh vegetables at the Midtown Farmers Market, the joy of shopping there comes from more than just the products you can buy. Today, that joy was most aptly expressed by the beautiful weather: after a season-opener featuring gale-force winds and a second week where we endured a frigid bike ride only to narrowly avoid being hailed on, the mild temperature and sunny blue sky were a welcome change. Although the farmers market folks are always friendly, something about the sun put everyone in the best of moods. Vegetables may be few this early in the season, but the vendors and patrons more than make up for it with an abundance of cheer. It’s the Minnesota way.

Baskets of lettuces from Gardens of Eagan

Metal tongs pick up a loaf of rye amongst other breads

Lest you think all this talk about sun and comradeship is to cover for lackluster market offerings, feast your eyes on what the market can offer: lettuce, spinach, spring onions, amazing strawberries from Gardens of Eagan, a hearty and spice-scented Swedish rye from Real Bread. Not quite enough for a market feast yet, but, coupled with the friendly faces I’m sure to see, incentive enough to be back next week.

Strawberries, Spinach, Lettuce, Onions, and Real Rye Bread

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5 comments on “Midtown Farmers Market: Week 3—Sunshine”

  1. Lindsay 15 May, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    The only produce at our local market this week was asparagus (yum), leeks, radishes, and kale. Still – I love it! I’m excited to see how things change from week to week.

  2. Linda 16 May, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    The photo of the hanging aprons is beautiful.

  3. Tom 16 May, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I’d certainly take asparagus, leeks, radishes and kale! The nicest surprise of our market so far has been strawberries (every week so far!) from newcomer Gardens of Eagan. These are some of the best strawberries I’ve ever had—made extra sweet by limited watering. But yeah, each week is so exciting as new crops crop up.

  4. Amy 17 May, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    The color…the photos. Beautiful.

  5. Amy 17 May, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    The color…the photos…the produce. Beautiful.