Fun Fridays – Eat Local, Eat Fresh

Summer brings warm days, sunshine and the beautiful colors of fresh produce at open air markets. Here in the Twin Cities there are many markets so it is easy to find one near your own neighborhood. Or maybe you are looking for more – be sure to visit the various markets available.

This weekend find yourself enjoying the beautiful colors and aromas of fresh fruit and vegetables at a local farmers market. You can find a schedule of all of the farmers markets within the twin cities here.


If you are interested in art as well as fresh produce check out the Mill City Farmers Market. The Art Market is comprised of rotating local artists juried annually by the Mill City Farmers Market Art Market Committee. Here is a listing of the artists involved this summer.

The Minneapolis Farmers Market Annex offers a variety of artisan products for visitors to the farmers market to view.

This weekend at the Fulton Farmers Market  kids can design a Fulton Market lawn sign!  They will have local artist Mary Gail Katz at the market from 9am – 11am to lead kids in decorating their own lawn sign to take home for the yard.

Looking for a summer adventure? Take the light rail  to the Midtown Farmers Market. It is located at the intersection of East Lake Street and 22nd Avenue South, between the Midtown YWCA and the Hiawatha Line Lake Street/Midtown light rail station. Their blog offers the latest news for the market and entertainment offered each week.

Another Farmers Market in Minneapolis – the Linden Hills Market Blogs each week about their market experience.

Once you have collected all of your great fresh ingredients uses these recipe resources to cook as a family.

The New York Times offers the Recipe Generator.  Which offers more than 50 combinations of things you’re most likely to find at a farmers market or your C.S.A. basket, with recipes that make wonderful use of them.

Epicurious offers an interactive seasonal ingredient map to see what's fresh in your area, plus find ingredient descriptions, shopping guides, recipes, and tips.

Looking for a quick bite without much work? Inspired by Epicurious’ Editor-in-Chief Tanya Steel, here are twenty easy appetizers for summer, fresh from the farmers’ market.

So go to your local market, try something new and enjoy the bounty of the season.

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