Minneapolis Farmers Market Opens

Jill Lewis / Heavy Table

Jill Lewis / Heavy Table

Though the predicted rain was a no-show, cool temperatures kept the crowds small at the opening day of the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale Ave. N. “The traffic has been light. The manager came around and told us it was about half the amount of people we’d normally see,” said Deena Kvasnik, who was selling her gourmet hummus at the market for the first time. “It’s been slow but steady,” concurred Scott Burns from the Scenic Waters Wild Rice Company.

Those who did venture out found many market stalls empty but could still choose from a number of vendors selling plants, vegetables, fruit, honey, eggs, cheese, meats, and baked goods. The asparagus touted on the market’s website was nowhere to be found at 10am, but locally grown parsnips and green onions occupied a small table. The market smells, however, didn’t disappoint. The aroma of sizzling brats, buttery corn on the cob, and enormous cinnamon rolls wafting through the air made it clear that it’s market season once again, regardless of what the thermometer reads.

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Jill Lewis

The great-granddaughter of an Eastern European Jewish baker, Jill Lewis cannot escape her genetic predisposition to carbs. Her love of baked goods, wine, cheese and chocolate may not come in handy for her day job as a Twin Cities PR professional, but it proves infinitely helpful for her gigs as a contributing writer for The Heavy Table and the co-author of the Cheese and Champagne blog. A former resident of Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin and suburban Washington, D.C., Jill now lives with her husband, two young sons and cat in St. Louis Park.

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