One of my favorite things to do when I visit my sister and brother-in-law in Minnesota is to visit the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. My family and I love to go to farmers’ markets.
This has to be one of the best farmers’ markets in the country and even though I only get to visit it once or twice a year, I am familiar with many of the vendors who are regulars at the market.
It is always filled with the sweet aroma and vibrant colors of fresh flowers which dot the stands throughout the open air market.
The sunflowers were gorgeous.
The purple statis was soft and brilliantly colored.
Along with flowers and meats and cheeses and honey and stands of artisanal jams and jellies and candies and chocolates and freshly made spring rolls and egg rolls, there is an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Cauliflower. White. Yellow. Along with broccoli, kohlrabi, baby bok choy, onions, and other root vegetables.
Radishes. Red and white along with cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, and European cucumbers.
Parsnips. And turnips, too. I knew a woman who used to boil these root vegetables along with her potatoes before they were all mashed together. Made the mashed potatoes taste a little bit different – special and heavenly.
Green beans. Tri-color beans. Waxed beans. Beans, beans, and more beans.
Haricots verts – French green beans. My favorite.
Carrots. There were baby carrots. Orange carrots, of course, but yellow carrots, too.
Garlic. Freshly harvested garlic is soft and moist. I loved how they displayed them.
Farmers’ markets provide an abundance of very fresh and seasonal foods along with many homemade and artisanal food products. It’s a great way to find and to try your favorite fruits and vegetables fresh from the farm along with new fruits and vegetables and to teach your children about how food gets from the field to the table by meeting the growers and producers.
The St. Paul Farmers’ Market is located in the heart of downtown St. Paul, and I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area.