It almost seemed like spring. Typically, the parking lots at Bachman’s Lyndale only get completely inundated during planting season, but not this year. An enthusiastic crowd not only filled the parking lot but the rafters of Bachman’s gardening supply sales area for a special winter farmer’s market event, dubbed as, “Fresh from the Freeze.”
Throngs of cabin fever ailing farmer’s market devotees came. Never mind the cold, ice and gray of the day, when the Fulton-Kingfield community gets wind of a special farmers market event, there is no holding back.
Where else can a winter activity-starved Minnesotan find so many renowned food artisans under one roof? Familiar favorites included, Sun Street Breads, Patisserie 46, Groveland Confections, Love Tree Farm and Mississippi Mushrooms, just to name a few. To wash everything down, plenty of hot coffee as well as tastings of wine and beer were on hand. Approximately two-dozen vendors articipated in this first-ever combined market winter event.
Farmers markets offer some of the best in local foods, crafts and community building. As farmer’s markets go, the Fulton and Kingfield patrons are a particularly loyal bunch. The regular season markets held on opposite sides of Lake Harriet in southwest Minneapolis on alternating days of each summer weekend were huge hits and the new combined winter market follows suit.
The first winter market held in January was such a success that future market hours were extended from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and a March market was added. In all, two more winter markets are scheduled for this season. Save the date for February 23 and March 23.
An accommodating host, Bachman’s will hold this season’s final two winter Kingfield and Fulton Farmers Markets in the more spacious greenhouse area. While you are there, don’t forget to treat yourself to some fresh flowers. After all, this hugely popular event is held on Bachman’s turf.