11 Local Markets to Get You Through Winter

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Mike Kooiman

The arrival of winter doesn't mean the end of farmers markets, and this year there are more indoor markets than ever before. If you loved visiting the Mill City Market this summer to pick up a free-range chicken, some cheese, and that addictive bag of butterscotch granola, you can now make it a part of your winter routine.

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Local Foragers Release New Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest

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Tammy Kimbler
King Bolete

The upper Midwest is a haven for mushroom hunters and fall is an excellent time to hunt. The Hot Dish spent this past weekend with expert foragers Kathy Yerich and Teresa Marrone, who recently co-authored a pocket field guide, Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms. The guide details nearly 400 common mushroom varieties found between the Dakotas and Indiana, and while 400 is far from a complete guide (there are over 4,000 cataloged species in this area alone), the book is well organized into easy-to-use sections starting with "Top Edibles" and "Top Toxics," followed by a detailed identification guide.

The guide's high quality photos, easy-to-understand descriptions, and habitat keys will have beginners and experts alike wanting this book in their back pocket.

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A seasonal guide to pickle-worthy produce in the Twin Cities, with recipes

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thebittenword.com

Twin Cities farmers markets are bursting at the seams with late summer and early fall produce. Now is the time to stock up on the best fruits and vegetables of the season, and preserve them for those dark days of winter. Radishes, carrots, peppers, beets, turnips, cucumbers, cabbages, garlic, onions, and green beans are prolific, and pickling is one of the easiest ways to preserve produce. We asked local bloggers, farmers, cooks, and producers for their pickling faves, all available now at your local farmers markets.

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The Nokomis Farmers Market finishes its maiden season this week

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Look for the bright orange signs at 52nd and Chicago...

With just three market dates, the Nokomis Farmers Market debuted on a trial basis this summer. Offering a mid-week evening market in June, July, and August, this south Minneapolis venture is definitely bringing the neighborhood out to eat, shop, and be merry, but the final installment this Wednesday will be the true test. Will this fledgling market find its way? Here's our take on the new kid on the block.

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Little Mekong Night Market: Street food and art in a carnival candy shell

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Tammy Kimbler

The Little Mekong Night Market is the new sparkling jewel of the summer. Nestled near the Western Green Line light rail station in St. Paul, the market is a feast for your senses, filled with delicious street food, local purveyors, arts, crafts, entertainment, and family-friendly activities.

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Minneapolis Farmers Market on the Mall brings fresh fare to downtown set

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Marsha Trainer
You gotta love the hustle of the Minneapolis Market on the Mall

While the artisanal farmers markets in our beloved Twin Cities are ridiculously charming, there is also a certain beauty to serving a wide swath of diverse people with a large selection of vegetables, goods, and bargains in a convenient location. That's where the Minneapolis Farmers Market on the Mall shines. As many as 60 vendors set up shop each Thursday smack in the middle of downtown Minneapolis and give busy professionals, convention center visitors, and everyone else wandering around Nicollet Mall a chance to pick up their fresh produce, herbs, and other items.

Sure, the Nicollet Mall Market can be lively and there are vendors who resell produce. But, if you embrace it, you just might find a cheap, healthy snack, a swell local seller, and a way to avoid yet another trip to the grocery store -- all during your coffee break.

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The St. Paul Farmers Market in Lowertown: The urban locavore's dream

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Marsha Trainer
Step off the sidewalk and into the St. Paul Farmers Market
The greater Twin Cities boasts a wealth of farmers markets in all shapes and sizes. Some are hip, some suburban, and others sprawl across huge expanses of macadam -- but each one owes a debt to the original upper Midwest growers' venue: the St. Paul Farmers Market.

Established in 1853 at Seventh and Wabasha Streets, the farmers market has moved frequently, but has always been in the downtown area of the city. These days, it's an urban oasis overflowing with flowers, berries, vegetables, meats, treats, honey, jellies, soaps, breads, sauces, salsas, live music, and even a joke-telling balloon animal maker. But don't be fooled by the sheer number of vendors -- all of the produce and related products are homegrown and home-produced by individually owned businesses. There's no reselling of items allowed, making the market a locavore's paradise with just the right amount of St. Paul's signature low-key friendliness.

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The Mill City Farmers Market: Strawberries, heirloom plants, Chef Shack donuts, and more

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Grant Tillery
Saturnine skies don't stop farmers market fanatics.

Remember when that couple in Portlandia tracks down the exact origins -- and name -- of the chicken they order at a restaurant? Mill City is that kind of farmers market, one where customers want to know the name and life story of their poultry (and sometimes produce) and the vendors are eager to share. 

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Some of the market's young customers

The weather is warm and the crops are finally coming in. Rhubarb and seedlings are the order of the day, but it won't be long before we'll see sugar snap peas and berries at the vendors' stands.

The Hot Dish is setting out to explore area farmers markets and their unique offerings. First stop: Kingfield Farmers Market, a kid-friendly market where both Foxy Falafel and Bogart's Doughnuts got their start.

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New law eases food sampling restrictions at farmers markets

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Hannah Sayle

Recent legislation could make your farmers market experience a little less intimidating and a whole lot tastier.

The new law, which Governor Dayton approved earlier this month, will allow for cooking demonstrations and more extensive food sampling at farmers markets across the state. Formerly, local growers, artisans, and producers could only share unaltered samples of their products -- even a sprinkle of salt on a slice of locally grown tomato was verboten. Cooking demonstrations with samples were similarly off limits.

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