Shopping in the Farmers Markets

Jason and Joy pick their go-to spots for fresh and local produce

Restaurant recommendations from MnMo food critics Jason DeRusha and Joy Summers.

Jason’s Picks

When it’s farmers market season, the homegrown produce and locally raised meats are only part of the draw. It’s about community: my kids meeting my friends, talking to farmers, and taking part in a ritual that’s been around as long as we’ve been growing things.

Hopkins: Every weekend, the western suburbs gather right by Main Street to see what Dancing Gnome Farm has grown, or the gorgeous vegetables from Mau Family Produce. Celebrating 30 years this summer! (Saturdays)

Mill City: For 10 years, Brenda Langton’s market by the Guthrie Theatre has been the premiere spot for organic produce, sustainable meats, and incredible baked goods. The combination of music, animals, and education can’t be beat. (Saturdays)

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Mill City Farmers Market

Photo by Erica Loeks

Joy’s Picks

I love a weekend excursion to wander through the stalls, talk to growers, makers, and bakers at area farmers markets. 

Kingfield: We let my little ones run around while my husband and I dig into those heavenly biscuits from Sun Street Breads or the perfectly chewy Rise Bagels. This neighborhood market is small, sweet, and filled with young families. (Sundays)

St. Paul: Parking in Lowertown has gotten tight, but the new light rail line makes it easy to buzz in and out of the market. I always have to call hello to Laurie from the Golden Fig, Dorothy from HeathGlen, and Tom from Sunrise. This was the state’s first all-local market and visiting this ever-growing farmers’ collective always holds new food discoveries. (Saturdays and Sundays)