Minneapolis Farmer’s Market

by Susan on September 28, 2012

Peppers and Bitter Balls at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market

I have been keeping a secret for a little while. I have been traveling back and forth from Minneapolis to the San Francisco area for the last 4 months in preparation for a move. Actually, half of my stuff was moved out here in May, the other half, this week!

It was wonderful being back home to see my mother and some friends as I packed up the remainder of my belongings. It was a tear-filled 4 days as I sifted through so many memories of my children and my life over the last decade. Now that my daughters are 22 and 26, both living in Colorado, I am struck by how much I miss my “little” girls. Pulling out puzzles, favorite toys and pictures, I find myself longing to hold those darling wee ones. No one warns you that there will be a day when your heart breaks with that longing. 

Most of my time home was spent at the house, frantically going through things before the movers got there. I didn’t want to miss anything important, but didn’t want to take much, either. My turning point was finding my oldest daughter’s “Teddy Bear Back Pack”. It is such a touch stone to her child hood. Once that was in hand, I realized I didn’t have everything but I had enough. 

I am finding that the Bay Area is a pretty amazing place. The city itself takes my breath away. Walking down the street, I hear at least 5 different languages being spoken. San Francisco has an amazing energy. The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is impressive in it’s ease of use and scope of travel. The city itself is very walkable.

I am amazed at what is within reach. The ocean, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and wine country to name a few. It is a bit mind-boggling for a girl from the Midwest to see oranges growing on trees and chestnuts falling at my feet. There are many exciting things to discover, and I will bring you right along with me on the blog.

While I was back in Minneapolis I did manage to get to one of my favorite places, The Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. Honestly, it is one of the best farmer’s markets I have ever been to. When something is local, we don’t always realize what a gem it is.

The cabbage in the background were three feet across!

It was a crisp fall morning (my favorite time to visit) and the bounty was plentiful! The prices are unbeatable and it is open 7 days a week! When I lived in Minneapolis, I was at the market 2-3 days a week. It was often my inspiration for my raw recipes. I only had my iphone with but wanted to share some pictures from my visit. 

I would love to hear if you shop at a farmer’s market and what you like the most about it!

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Faith September 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm

wow, never have seen peanuts in any farmer’s markets! I loved going to farmer’s markets in Minneapolis, lived there 29 years…actually rarely went to that big main Mpls one….went a lot to the one at Lake St near the light rail stop. I loved that there was music and some prepared food along with lots of farmers and produce. I have migrated also, to Easthampton Mass. I love the mountains out here and being much closer to my family (upstate NY where I grew up). I go to the Tuesday market in Northampton….similar to the Lake st one, it has a nice open area, music, prepared food, always some craft vendor, bread, lots of produce…I love talking to the people who grew the food, and seeing them every week! Good luck in San Fran! wonder if there are any good raw food restaurants out there?

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Jaye@Curvatude September 29, 2012 at 1:24 am

how exciting. i love san francisco, although the hills killed me at first when i was there ;)

i wish you well on your latest journey!

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rose September 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

Wow, what a feast of beautiful raw fruit and vegies! No wonder you feel inspired! I am inspired just looking at it! How lucky you are to live near a market with such produce! Hi, my name is Rose and Im from Australia and Ive been to a few farmers markets but Ive never seen one with so much fresh food! The prices you pay are soooo cheap! We pay in Aus $8 kilo for tomatoes and bags of potatoes for $8. A cabbage is $2 for a quarter and they slash the beautiful leaves off. Our prices are so much higher, its not fair! :( But you have inspired me once again with raw food cooking! :) I would Luvvvvvv those cabbage leaves for lunch wraps abd rolls!

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Susie September 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

The Minn Farmers Market is amazing looking, but it will be nice to hang up the snow boots, I bet. Good luck in your new digs!

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Susan September 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

I love the snow. I will miss it. Planning on a lot of trips to Tahoe! Cheers!

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Ida September 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

So glad you’re here! I live in Oakland, work in SF. I’m a member of raw food meetups in both places. I’d love to meet you in person. Maybe you can come do a class at our meetup groups? Do you know Darcy, Jillian, Amber? Meetup group leaders. We have so much going on here.. I hope to hear from you.

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Susan September 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

I eventually will be teaching classes here. I will let you know…keep an eye on the website! Cheers!

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Chyrl September 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I go to the farmers market in Nashville and in Franklin Tennessee. I love going to the farmers market and the thing I love most is that just being in the presence of such beautiful food inspires me! :)

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Christine September 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I couldn’t read without crying the part about the heartbreak and the longing that accompanies our kids growing up. Nope. Nobody warned me about that either, let alone the depth of those emotions. Good luck with your new adventure and here is a quote I try to remember when overcome with these emotions: “If you want to be sad, live in the past. If you want to be anxious, live in the future. If you want to be peaceful, live in the now.” I’m working on that every day! ;0)

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Susan September 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Christine, what a beautiful quote! Thank you!!

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Susan September 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Faith…yes! There are wonderful raw food and vegan restaurants!

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Brenda September 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Susan, had to write. My daughter is 25 this year and I’m finally getting over it. It’s always a tug in one’s heart and when fall comes — it always reminds us of the school years, the books, the back packs, the carpooling, the dance lessons or whatever and that’s over now. I don’t blame you for moving to a beautiful new city! San Francisco is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Be safe and happy! As for me, I stayed in MSP and got remarried which helps but it doesn’t take away the ache of our missing little ones.

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GetSkinny GoVegan September 30, 2012 at 6:54 am

Wow, jaw dropping market. It is beautiful!!!! We would LOVE to live there!!!! As we adore seasons & midwest prices of realty!!!! But the Bay area is wonderful & will offer so many new experiences…………looks like you are handling the whole moving “thing” quite okay?? It always seems like we appreciate the old, so much more, right before we leave it!

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Jan September 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Serendipity – what grace! I have recently become acquainted with Rawmazing and absolutely love everything about this site and blog. But today, with the post and comments regarding letting go of our adult children, I’m blown away by a sense of connection. My 24 year-old son left our town of Bloomington, Indiana two weeks ago for San Francisco. He is drawn to the energy, the arts, the vibrancy of the SF area and is on his Journey. He was diagnosed with systemic lupus 6 years ago and the one thing that has allowed him to thrive and flourish enough to follow this dream to the Bay Area is his change in diet and nutrition. He has been gluten and dairy free for over a year and his inflammation process is greatly reduced – and has allowed him to get off most of his medications. He just found a place to live yesterday and two blocks away is a Farmer’s Market. He is in heaven – and, so am I. My grieving at his physical departure is softened by the knowledge that he is ready to embark on his Life to its fullest capacity. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to connect the dots between food, health and love.

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Susan September 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Jan, Thank you so much for writing. What a wonderful journey your son is starting on. And remember, there is always Skype. My own mother is experiencing the same grieving process at my leaving Minneapolis and she is in her 80’s! It never gets easier.

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Wendy Elf September 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

How wonderful to see pictures of a farmers market in another part of the world! Living in London, just down the road from the Wimbledon tennis grounds, I am lucky enough to have a farmers market that appears once a week in the playground of my local primary school…… it is great, but the prices are higher than our local supermarkets. I was amazed to see how cheap is in your farmers market! However, the food in the market tastes sooooooo delicious, I always come back laden down with goodies and a huge smile on my face…..
Have fun in your new place!

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Lorraine September 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I wish our farmer’s market was as awesome as this one!! Too bad I’m 8 hours away from Minneapolis!

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Kellie October 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

Beautiful Farmers Market (F.M.)!! I live in Calabasas, California and our F.M. is double to triple the prices as your F.M.!! There are about 10 different organic farmers bring in different produce which is wonderful. We have a French bakery that comes in with the most delicious goods however, 1 regular size loaf of bread runs $10 ….I haven’t broken down yet!! I love F.M.’s and buy all my vegetables there every Saturday morning. Our F.M. is year round due to our weather in Ca. We are very lucky.
Thank you for your website! I love all your recipes and look forward to you emails.

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Amanda Paa October 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I love this post – the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market is truly a gem. It has introduced me to so many new foods and wonderful farmers who have so much heart. I am passionate about spreading the word to others because it something that everyone should experience and nourish their body with. I am so jealous of you living in San Fran though…… it’s my dream to live there. Just visited in August and went to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market as well as shopping through China town. What a beautiful mecca….. I will get there someday, I know it!

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Shelah Phillipsen October 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

I love our farmers market here in Minneapolis!! I am glad we can share it with others. I love to wander around the market even if I am not there to purchase anything that day. The feeling I get being around fresh, local produce makes me smile. The people there are great too!

I love you site. I have just started my journey into eating Raw so you blog and site have been very helpful!

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Shelah Phillipsen October 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

*your site

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Suzanne October 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Welcome to the West! As you can see I’m behind in my mail. As a transplant from St. Paul many years ago, what I loved about California was the year round Farmer’s Market and gardening for fresh fruits and vegetables. I did go to the Farmer’s market when in Minnesota and your photos delicious! I live in Oregon now and sadly our farmer’s market closes around Thanksgiving to March and truly miss my Tues and Saturday shopping as the growers become your family and such comraderie blooms. Injoy!

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