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.