I hope everyone had a good week and are well into enjoying their weekend. Cyn and I just finished up some dinner on the patio next to a modest fire in the pit. I love the chill in the air that Autumn brings. And now for dessert – chocolate chip cookies – num num num num num num num. I am going to cookie-monster them up.
This last week was nice. Mild weather, a full moon and we finally saw some much-needed rain to. I ran into an expansive farmers market on University Avenue in St. Paul on my way home on Friday. Fresh vegetables galore!
Ding! Cookies are done; time to num num num num num num! Here are my shot from the week. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
A recent beautiful Saturday allowed for a trip to the St. Paul Farmer’s Market – always a treat and never disappoints. The last time Cyndie & I were there not much resembling fresh vegetables as it was too early in the year. That has all changed now and the fruits of many labors are presented fresh for the purchasing. The plants are still here – vegetable, herbs and flowers (fresh-cut, hanging baskets and potted) galore, but the fresh vegetables were amazing. If I had my way, I would shop here every Saturday. There is nothing like produce this fresh and affordable; all brought to you by local organic efforts. It doesn’t get any fresher or taste any better unless you do it yourself.
Who doesn’t enjoy a farmer’s market? I simply cannot image anyone that would not. The hustle and bustle of it all make the market a great place to spend some time. The wonderful smells of food and flowers, the diverse individuals milling about and the sights and sounds of consuming local wares all contribute to the experience. The Saturday before Mother’s Day, Cyn and I made our way to the St. Paul Farmer’s Market. We had been earlier in the season, but things were setup in an alley and there were not many vendors present. This was our first trip of many I imagine. Right now the market is void of fresh produce, but there is so much more to a farmer’s market than produce. There were many things available: lots of flowers, plants, meats, cheeses, sauces and breads to hold my attention for a while. At one point during our walk around the market it began to snow! It was short-lived and everyone had a good laugh. Thankfully, that has been the last sighing of snow in our area. I wish we lived closer to St. Paul as I could go every weekend; it is my Saturday morning cartoon equivalent. We are lucky to have a nice farmer’s market in Red Wing as well. I foresee a trip there this Saturday in search of The Grateful Bread – I’ve missed it over the Winter season.
In 1853 St. Paul was indeed a frontier town. Dirt streets, log cabins and steamboats were the order of the day. As early as 1852 the Minnesota Pioneer newspaper called for an organizational Farmers’ Market. A Market House, a two-story brick building, was constructed at Seventh and Wabasha streets. It was St. Paul’s first public market. While fresh produce was only available during the season, dairy products, flour, cakes and candies could be purchased year-round. For over 150 years The St. Paul Farmers’ Market has been proud to enjoy the support of the community. That tradition of support continues today. For more information regarding the farmer’s market, please visit http://www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com/
The last Sunday in April Cyndie and I went to the St. Paul Farmer’s Market – the alley edition. The full farmer’s market was set to open the first weekend in May. To my surprise and delight, LoveTree Farms was selling their absolutely wonderful goat and cow cheeses partway down the alleyway. I no more than saw the name on the table and the memory of their cheese and pizza filled my mind. I knew exactly what I was going to do with the goat cheese we purchased…make some semi-homemade pizza. Yum. Far from wood fired, but still plenty good.
I first tasted this delectable cheese back in late October of 2011 at LoveTree Farms in the Trade Lakes area of Wisconsin (Approx 15 minutes Southeast of Grantsburg). They make wonderful wood-fired pizza (Pizza by the Pond) on Sunday’s (after Memorial Day) from 2-8 p.m. I didn’t make it back to LoveTree Farms in 2012, but am hoping to get their this season.
I live in a great area full of gems and wonderful surprises like LoveTree Farms and the St. Paul Farmer’s Market. If you are out and about, check out LoveTree at their farm near Grantsburg, WI for Pizza by the Pond or at the farmer’s market – you won’t be disappointed.
Here are a few photos from my original trip in 2011. The original post from October 2011 is here: Hugo, MN to Grantsburg, WI.
There is nothing like a small town farmers market. It doesn’t get any more local or fresh than this. The market in Red Wing is located by the train station adjacent to Levee Park. This is a great place to just walk around and take in all of the wonderful sights, sounds and smells.