A little frightful outdoor weather will not scare away Minnesotans from enjoying the plethora of winter markets this year. New bazaars are popping up, giving local purveyors an opportunity to sell their wares before the holidays and beyond. Many of the farmers markets are sticking around and have expanded the vendor lists. There are some talented people making unique edibles, stuff in jars and bags.
-by Kelly Lainsbury
When: December 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 1224 Marshall NE No. 200, Minneapolis
What: A collective of local artists have banded together to sell their wares. Usable art like ceramics, jewelry, stationary and more will be available.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 3PM-8PM
Where: Nicollet Mall between 10th and 12th Streets, Minneapolis
What: The streets are filled with local entertainment, reindeer and general holiday cheer! Upcoming demonstrations include dog sledding this Saturday and Sunday beginning at 3:30 p.m. Next weekend ice skaters will work their best salchows beginning at 3 p.m.
When: Every Sunday, thru December 21, 9AM-4PM
Where: Sunnyside Gardens, 44th and France, Minneapolis
What: Enjoy hot food (the soon-to-open Lyn-Lake Prairie Dogs and charcuterie goodies from Red Table Meats), hot coffee from Spyhouse, a smidgen of produce, arts and crafts and oodles of hand made food fun. Kitchen in the Market hosts cooking demonstrations and local cookbook authors. Bonus: pick up your Christmas tree on your way out.
When: Saturday December 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 865 Pierce Butler Route, Saint Paul
What: The deli that sells a collective of Iron Range favorites like Sunrise Bakery's poticia and the Sunrise pastas will show off all their vendors with an array of samples. All the vendors are small, Minnesota companies like Gray Duck Chai, Bliss Granola, Ferndale Market, Natasha's pierogi's and more. Sunrise Gourmet Foods has also added gluten free pastas to their selection of dry and fresh noodles.
When: Daily until December 24, 11AM-9PM (6PM on Dec. 24).
Where: Peavey Plaza, corner of 11th Street and Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
What: A quaint recreation of the famous European holiday markets with wood huts showcasing each vendor. Stroll along and snack on traditional German fare, sip a mulled wine, grab a German beer and check out the crafts. You have all day, everyday until Christmas Eve to get there, so no excuses. $3-6 admission (One time season pass)
When: December 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Inside the Mill City Museum/March 7* only inside of U MN Arboretum
What: Similar to the summer market, you will find the best of best in local produce, free range meats, flowers, cheese, eggs, fish, grains, coffee, baked goods, local artists and more – but in the comfort and warmth of the museum.