IT’S SUMMERTIME, so make sure to stop by your local farmers’ markets. The Mill City Farmers Market (Chicago Ave. and Second St. S., Mpls., 612-341-7580) is now open Thursday evenings in addition to Saturday mornings for locally grown goods, cooking classes, and events. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s new SummerHouse garden market (one mile west of the Arboretum entrance on Hwy. 5, 952-443-1400) offers lots of local produce, as does the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, (312 E. Lyndale Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-1718) open every day and on the Nicollet Mall all day on Thursdays and Saturday mornings. Don’t forget the Midtown Farmers’ Market (Lake St. and 22nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-724-7457) on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, and the Midtown Global Market’s outdoor farmers’ market on Thursdays in the early evening (Lake St. and Elliot Ave. S., Mpls., 612-872-4041). East of the river, St. Paul Farmers’ Market (290 E. Fifth St., St. Paul, 651-227-8101) is the local favorite, open on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The flavors and dining customs of Brazil are now available at Fogo de ChÃ£o Steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis (645 Hennepin Ave., 612-338-1344). Chef Marcio Bonfada leads the team of gauchos in serving beef, pork, lamb, and chicken from a churrasco grill with tableside finesse. Plus, there’s a fantastic gourmet salad bar.
Food Network star Rachael Ray recently featured FunkyChunky Popcorn, created by Ronni Feuer of Gracious Gifts in Eden Prairie, as her “Snack of the Day.” The caramel corn is combined with glazed almonds, cashews, and pecans, and drizzled with white, dark, and milk chocolate—Yum-O! Available at Kowalski’s or www.funkychunkyinc.com.
Sue Zelickson is the host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.