One of the things that I tend to take for granted about working in downtown St. Paul is the farmer's market. St. Paul has a large farmer's market open on the weekends, but during the summer they have a small market open Tuesday and Thursdays during the lunch hour. It's my absolute favorite. They line Seventh Place with vendors selling anything from raspberries to sweet corn to onions and flowers. I love watching the evolution of the growing season. In the spring you can get some snap peas, raspberries and radishes. Then you start seeing rhubarb and herbs and a few green onions and leeks. The height of the season you get a huge variety of vegetables and then it winds down with apples and squash and pumpkins.
While the market is currently in the wind down phase, I was still able to get some goods yesterday. Tons of small red onions, roma tomatoes, green beans and yukon gold potatoes all for $9. The onions will last us at least a week (Mike loves his onions), the tomatoes will be good for 3 batches of salsa, the green beans will make for 2 dinners and the potatoes should be available for at least 4 dinners. I know it's dorky, but I love being able to support local farmers, I love eating vegetables that are straight from the ground and I love the fact that it's so much cheaper than in the grocery store.
In Minnesota, it's tough to be able to eat healthy fruits and vegetables all year round. Not much grows here in February, so everything you can get is shipped in and probably sprayed with a billion chemicals. Plus, I get so sick of the winter fruits. There's only so many oranges and grapefruits and pears that I can eat before I get bitter. I can feel winter coming in the air and the farmer's market is one of those things that I will really miss when the snow starts flying. For now, I'm going to relish in my vegetables and think of spring.