Thursday, September 18, 2014

Local Farmer's Markets

We are blessed to live in a part of the Twin Cities that has great produce at our fingertips!  In fact, a few of the towns in our area are surrounded by fields so it makes sense that we would have some great Local Farmer's Markets.  And September and October are the best months for collecting a bountiful harvest!

From fresh picked green beans, to locally harvested honeys, you can find a ton of great things at a farmer's market.  It's a great way to buy healthy, organic, locally grown food for your family.  And it's a lot of fun, too.

Chanhassen Farmer's Market
Saturdays, 9:00 am to Noon
Location:  City Center Park Plaza Parking Lot (lower level east side of City Hall)

Offering bedding plants, fresh cut & dried flowers, fruits & vegetables, fresh breads, sweet corn & more. Wonderful, fresh fruits & vegetables, as well as fresh baked bread & handcrafted products.

Hopkins Farmer's Market
Saturdays, 7:30 am to Noon
Location:  9th Avenue, one-half block south of the Main Street clock tower.

For almost 30 years, the Hopkins Farmers' Market has offered a seasonal opportunity to choose from an abundance of just picked, locally grown produce, and a wide variety of free-range meat, poultry, and eggs. Enjoy artisan roasted coffee, fresh baked European breads, jams, jellies, honey, and baked goods. Select from canned goods, pickles, plants and cut flowers, soap and other items hand-crafted by local artisans.

Plymouth Farmer's Market
Wednesdays, 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Location:  Plymouth Ice Center, 3650 Plymouth Blvd.

Here are some things to keep in mind when attending Plymouth Farmers Market:
  • More than 20 vendors providing fresh, locally grown produce and foods.
  • Every week, be sure to check out great local musicians.
  • Children's activities and theme nights will be provided throughout the season.
  • Enter your name in for our weekly drawing for a Farmers Market basket-located at the information table.
  • Bring cash, please. An ATM is located inside the Ice Center.
  • Bring reusable bags and help keep the market a green place.
  • Please, no dogs at the market, with the exception of service dogs.
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners will accept perishable and nonperishable food donations at the Plymouth Farmers Market. To donate, bring nonperishable items from home, or perishable/nonperishable items purchased at the Plymouth Farmers Market to the information table.

Chaska Farmer's Market
Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location:  Carver County Government Center

At the Chaska Farmers Market, you will find an assortment of fresh produce and other locally produced foods and products. Please remember the vendors accept cash or checks only; they do not take credit cards.

Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:  Water Street in downtown Excelsior between 2nd and 3rd Streets.


With over 40 vendors, Excelsior's Farmer's Market has everything you could want.  Besides fresh veggies and fruit, they offer maple syrup, jams and jellies, homemade candies, olive oils and vinegars, dog treats, annuals and perennials, cheeses, whole-bean coffee, handmade soaps, grass-fed beef, and so much more.  You won't want to miss this market.

Tuesdays, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:  Minnetonka Civic Center Campus

A woman inspects the offerings at the Farmers' Market.

Subscribe to their e-newsletter to get the low down on all that's happening at this great farmer's market.  Over 30 vendors offer their locally produced goods.  There's also entertainment at every market.  It's definitely a fun time for the whole family.  Be sure to stay for Music in the Park after the close of the market.

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