This past weekend we visited the Mill City Farmers Market. It is a smaller scale Farmers Market than the big one we have in Minneapolis and it is run from May through October, every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. You do not need admission to the Mill City Museum to attend, it is held in the space between the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theatre.
Our reason for going this past Saturday was due to a special event they were sponsoring, their 2nd Annual Oktoberfest. Because Nate and I are both beer lovers, this was a can't miss event. We attended last year as well and really enjoyed ourselves. Four local MN breweries were offering free beer samples: The Herkimer Pub, Finnegans, Brau Brothers and Flat Earth Brewing Company. After we enjoyed some small samples from each place we wandered around the Farmers Market.
Honestly, this Farmers Market is my favorite. Some of the items are more expensive than at the bigger markets in town, but there are more organic offerings and unique items to be found. Our must have is this smoked trout that is unbelievable. We bought that along with a wheel of goat cheese and some pepper jelly to take home and make a little meal out of later this week!
In the Mill City Courtyard, more Oktoberfest activities were going on and again, you did not need museum admission to participate. They had a polka band, brats and beer for sale and many places to sit and relax. We shared a brat and each had a bottle of beer while listening to the music.
There are usually some sort of fun activities going on at the Mill City Farmers Market each week, Oktoberfest just interested us the most. The one downside to going - parking in nearby ramps is not cheap, they jack up the price in advance of the afternoon Twins game. However, with the Twins moving across town next year, perhaps this will become less of an issue. Other than the parking issue, I highly recommend the Mill City Farmers Market. We will be going on another day to actually explore the museum sometime and you can bet we'll review it here!
Mill City Farmers Market
Saturdays May through October
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost - Free!