Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mill City Farmers Market

I was in Minnesota this past weekend, which coincided with the last Mill City Market of the season, something I discovered thanks to Sarah P. putting it up as an event on Yelp. Who knew the Twin Cities have such a thriving farmers market scene? This is one of several in Minneapolis, plus I heard tell of a couple of good ones in St. Paul, plus even one in Bloomington. I was greeted by the sound of live bluegrass and cloggers, what a great welcome to the market.

There was such a great selection of vendors, and sights of the season, pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, and dried flowers.

And of course, let's not forget the food. After all, what is a market without food? There were plenty of samples, I had the most amazing sheep cheeses, lamb merguez sausage, 6 different kinds of chocolate sauces, jams and jellies, plus about 3 apples worth of apple slices (it's hard to choose the right one, but i ended up with Apricot and Snowcrisp). As if I hadn't already gorged myself enough, around 10:00 I decided it was breakfast time. What to choose? Aunt Else's Aebleskivers? Why, yes, I believe I will try the apple ones and the sausage ones with maple syrup AND ginger pear jelly.

And wait! Is that Chef Shack I see? What better complements round balls of pancake than Indian spiced fried doughnuts? Oh and fries with bacon katjup (sic) and maybe a Thousand Hills Farm hotdog with 5 different pickles (kohlrabi, radish, 2 cucumber, plus relish)

The best way to enjoy all that food is sitting down and taking a break from all of that shopping. Luckily they have a great little central courtyard with a practically professional kitchen for chef demos provided by Target and Archer Farms. I enjoyed my little feast while learning how to make artisan bread in 5 minutes. After that, I made one more pass through the market, wishing I had brought more cash and several more hands, especially since mine were completely frozen and considered it a morning well spent. I can't wait to go back next summer and see how the market is when it isn't 35 degrees outside.

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