Yes, 2012 was another good year for the Centennial Lakes Farmers Market in Edina, Minnesota. Thursday afternoons don’t seem the same now that the market has closed down for the season. The Edina Eater misses the variety of people and the vast food selection.
Edina’s weekly farmers market brought the taste of Minnesota farms and food artisans to the city. A strong sense of community thrived at the Centennial Lakes Farmers Market. What better place to run into an old friend or a distant neighbor? At the market, there was more time to chat and catch up on things. The pace was more relaxed at the market. It was people watching at its best — mothers pushing overfilled baby carriages, seniors taking a moment to rest from walking, kids overwhelmed by the lure of homemade treats, extended families grouped together debating what to do, so many different people.
Any famers market is really about people. The Centennial Lakes Farmers Market had a good mix of vegetable farmers, food truck and cart vendors, and specialty food artisans. Food producers were passionate about their craft and eager to share information about their work. This was the place to come for housemade kitchen or farm fresh foods, including:
- Vegetables: Every color in the rainbow gleamed through overflowing containers of peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, onions, corn, squash, beans and more. A cornucopia of fresh produce was there for the taking.
- Meat: The air sizzled with hot off the grill brats, hot dogs and more. Packaged meats were made up to take home.
- Cheese: There were too many kinds to list, but samples were available to discover new favorites.
- Honey: Golden clover, amber buckwheat and sunny orange honey had deep flavors that reached beyond sweet.
- Candy: Even on a hot day, how could you go wrong with fresh, handmade chocolates?
- Cake: Of course an Edina market had cake in a variety of forms — rich pound cakes, airy angle food cakes, buttery coffee cakes, gooey bars, crisp cookies and more.
- Strudel: It was not just plain old apple. Tasty new strudel flavors like savory artichoke made for a quick take and bake gourmet meal.
- Bread: Neat displays framed by wicker baskets showcased everything from traditional crisp French baguettes to whole grain sandwich loaves to fancy croissants.
- Baking mixes: Gluten free flourished here.
- Flowers: Fresh flower bouquets adorned with the glorious color of summer dazzled passersby into taking a second look.
More Than Fantastic Farm Market Foods
The Edina Eater focused on the food vendors brought to sell but the Centennial Lakes Farmers Market features more than just food. This market nestled along the meandering banks of Centennial Lakes in Edina offered something for the whole family. Children enjoyed the bustling market and the nearby activities that the City of Edina’s park system provided, including:
- Croquet rental
- Fishing: bass, bullheads and sunfish (bring your own gear)
- Lawn bowling rental
- Live music
- Paddleboat rental
- Swinging benches
Such a long list of outdoor pursuits could make anyone tired. For weary children of all ages, plenty of outdoor tables and chairs were available. An abundance of thick shade trees made finding a place out of the sun pretty easy even during crowded times.
The Edina Eater enjoyed the ambiance along with the food. Every week was a different experience filled with great food finds. The Edina Eater is already looking forward to 2013.
Here’s to happy market day memories in Edina.
The Edina Eater