PHOTOS: Richfield Farmers Market Offers Wide Array of Eats & Entertainment

The Richfield Farmers Market has opened for the summer.

Noted as the "best of 'burbs" by Mpls/St Paul Magazine, the was in full swing on a rainy Saturday morning. While traffic was a little slow,there were several tables laid out under pavilion at selling items from the traditional produce of most markets to breads and other breakfast pastries available from the St. Paul Breadsmith.

Though relatively small in size, the Richfield Farmers Market boasts a large selection of seasonal produce and the prices are definitely reasonable. A large bunch of bananas was selling for just $1, four peppers for $2 and even bunches of different kinds of fresh herbs for as low as $1. Though roughly half of the produce is advertised as local, the prices cannot be beat.

One significant aspect of this farmer's market that many in other areas of the state lack is live music. Each Saturday there is a different performer that volunteers to play during the market's hours. This particular Saturday, there was a woman playing twangy country tunes on a banjo, which provided enjoyable background music as opposed to what may have just been the sound of rain and shoppers bustling. 

Perhaps most noticeable and colorful was the large section of potted plants, which took up nearly half of the space in the pavilion. Next to this display there was a stand cooking and selling crepes with various toppings, another selling different kids of hummus and yet another selling several different kinds of homemade cheeses. All three stands were local vendors that sold and produced their goods in the area. 

One random onlooker was heard commenting that the market was slow on this particular rainy Saturday and informed others that there is usually more to eat and look at on a sunnier morning. He pointed to a sign that was positioned at the edge of the pavilion, which displayed prices for such items as hot dogs and cinnamon buns. Perhaps these would be available on another day when the weather was warmer and dry.

Despite its apparent lack of business that morning, the Richfield Farmers Market is sure to please in better weather. The fact that one produce vendor provided such an large supply of seasonal produce and that every vendor was local to Minnesota says a lot about what the market itself has to offer. One should not pass it up-there is much to see, hear, taste and enjoy.

The market is open Fridays from 2-6 p.m. at and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon at Veteran's Memorial Park location. For more information, visit richfieldfarmersmarket.org.

Debbie White May 15, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Glad to know about this I didn't even know we had it in town, However I"m leaving this comment so that perhaps the Farmers Market could perhaps stay open longer, perhaps until four pm. Simply because I'm sure I"m not the only person that is handicapped and it takes awhile after I wake Up for my meds to kick in, I'm not fit to go anywhere until at least 2.pm Also maybe they could even stay open until after five as I'm sure many working mothers would like to be able to come to farmers market. Just from viewing the pictures I'm wanting to get there soon. Thanks much for posting this. Debbie White
Caitlin Burgess May 16, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Thanks Deb! I will forward this on.
Ellen Stinger May 17, 2011 at 03:00 PM
The Richfield Art Center had an open house on Sat too ! Despite the weather, there were lots of activities inside ! The Art Center is located in the brick building behind the Farmers Market, where there is a small concession stand & bathrooms also the Mini Golf entrance is right there !
Caitlin Burgess May 17, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Thanks for adding that Ellen!


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