Despite temperatures in the mid-40s and heavy rains, shoppers donned their raincoats and umbrellas to buy available rhubarb, radishes, leaf lettuce, spinach, asparagus, potted plants and chicken, pork, beef, trout, eggs and cheese on April 24, for the first day of the 2010 summer season for the St. Paul Farmers’ Market.
“We have 160 vendors,” said Shari Haselmann, assistant market manager of SPFM. “Their season has not started yet so for the next five weeks only there will be new vendors of pasta noodles, honey mustards, chocolates, salsas and gelato. If we have spaces available after that then they can continue to sell here.”
Andrea Pesses of Groveland Confectioners said, “Perhaps if you request us as a vendor we could be here longer.” Her booth had non-stop nibblers of her chocolate samples. Her eight-year old business started as a hobby but she enjoyed it so much that it is now a fulltime business supplying different outlets like Lunds, Byerlys, and now local farmer markets.
Selling candy at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market (Photo by Jeanette Fordyce)
The Farmers Market has been in St. Paul for more than 150 years. While roads are under construction in the area, 5th and 6th Streets have good access to the market. More free parking is available this year with posting on the street corners. Their website also offers a calendar of other daily markets in the Twin Cities that are available until November 21. Coupon book for $2 is on sale at the donut stand. Coupons are good until the end of May.
The downtown St. Paul market is open Saturdays and Sundays. Other St. Paul Farmers’ Market locations will re-open during May. Check the calendar for hours and addresses.
- Roseville and Andover – Tuesday, May 4
- Burnsville – Mary, Mother of the Church – Thursday, May 6
- St. Paul – St. Thomas More Church – Friday, May 7
- Maplewood – Aldrich Arena – Wednesday, May 12
- St. Paul 7th Place Mall, Andover, Hugo, Lakeville and other suburban locations will open in June.