Eating is awesome, right? But eating isn’t just about the destination, it’s also about the journey, whether that means foraging in the woods for herbs or taking a detour through a drive-thru on the way home from work.
The following is for journeys that are found somewhere in the middle of those two options. At farmers’ markets you can shop local, snack local, and often score more bang for your buck. Meanwhile, picking your own berries, apples, and other treats at a u-pick spot is kinda like foraging, only you don’t have to worry about finding nothing, eating something deadly, or getting mauled by a bear. That’s pretty win-win.
Aldrich Arena Farmers Market
8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through October 26. 1850 White Bear Ave. N., Maplewood; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Andover Farmers Market
2-6 p.m. Tuesdays through October 25. 13655 Round Lake Blvd. NW, Andover; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Apple Valley Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 4 through October 29. 7100 147th St. W., Apple Valley; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Audubon Farmers’ Market
Herbs, seasonal produce, edible flowers, jams, microgreens, beef, Wisconsin cheese, and more. Find more info here. 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 9 through Sept. 29. 2654 Johnson St. NE (Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church parking lot), Minneapolis.
Burnsville Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 11 through October 29. 200 Burnsville Pkwy. W., Burnsville; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
East Isles Market
Featuring local produce, cottage food businesses, and more right off the Greenway in Uptown. 4-8 p.m. Thursdays from June 23-September 29, except August 4. 1420 the Mall (between James and Irving), Minneapolis; market.eastisles.org.
Fulton Farmers Market
Traditional and heirloom vegetables, fruits, breads, and pastries. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through October 29. 4901 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis; neighborhoodrootsmn.org.
House of Hope Farmers’ Market
1:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays through October 28. House Of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Ave. (parking lot on Portland Ave.), St. Paul; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Inver Grove Heights Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June 12 through October 9. 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Kingfield Farmers Market
Featuring a large selection of local produce, artisanal crafts, and prepared foods in a new location this year at MLK Park. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30. MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. (40th and Nicollet), Minneapolis; neighborhoodrootsmn.org.
Lakeview Terrace Farmers’ Market
Formerly known as the Camden Farmers Market, this small market has teamed up with Robbinsdale to offer fresh produce and artisanal goods. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 21 through September 17. Find it on the northeast corner of Bottineau Blvd. (CR 81) and Lakeland Avenue in Robbinsdale, across from HyVee; thenewmpls.info/farmersmarket.
Lakeville Farmers’ Market on Market Plaza
Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, June 8 through October 26. 20851 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Lakeville Farmers Market at Lakeville Area Arts Center
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 18 through September 24. 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Linden Hills Farmers Market
Featuring ethical meats, baked goods, ready-to-eat items, locally grown veggies and fruits, and live musical entertainment. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30. Settergrens of Linden Hills, 2813 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis; lindenhillsfarmersmarket.org.
Mary, Mother of the Church Farmers’ Market
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, through October 27. 3333 Cliff Rd. E., Burnsville; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Midtown Farmers Market
Urban market serving produce and more to Powderhorn, Phillips, and Longfellow. In a new location this year. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct.; 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 2225 East Lake St., Minneapolis, facebook.com/MidtownFarmersMarket.
Mill City Farmers Market
Long running market in the shadow of Mill Ruins Park, featuring local, sustainable, and organic groceries and produce. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 750 2nd St. S., Minneapolis; millcityfarmersmarket.org.
Minneapolis Farmers Market
Arguably the city’s largest and most famous market, with hundreds of vendors weekly. 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, EBT hours 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu.-Sun. June through Oct. 312 E. Lyndale Ave. N. (near International Market Square), Minneapolis; mplsfarmersmarket.com.
Northeast Farmers Market
Seasonal market featuring food vendors, local produce, and artisanal goods. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 15. St. Boniface Church parking lot, 629 2nd St. NE (corner of University and Seventh Ave. NE), Minneapolis; northeastmarket.org.
Rosemount Farmers Market
1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, June 14 through September 27. 13885 S. Robert Trl., Rosemount; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Roseville Farmers Market
8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, through October 25. 2131 Fairview Ave. N., Roseville; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Securian Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 13 through August 31. 400 Robert St. N., St. Paul; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Signal Hills Farmers Market
Featuring fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables sold direct from producer to consumer, located in the lot of West St. Paul’s Signal Hills Mall. 8 a.m. to noon Fridays, June 10 through October 28. 1225 S. Robert St., St. Paul; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
South St. Paul Farmers Market
Featuring fresh, local produce. 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, June 15 through Oct. 10. 12th Ave. S. and Southview Blvd., South St. Paul; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
St. Paul Downtown Farmers’ Market
Lowertown’s pride and one of the state’s largest markets. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 20. 290 5th St. E., St. Paul; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
West Broadway Farmers Market
Featuring local foods, arts, and community development, promoting healthy food access for North Minneapolis, with fresh produce, artisanal goods, grab-and-go eats, and locally grown plants. 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays, June 17 through Oct. 14. The Plaza @ the Capri, 2027 W. Broadway Ave. N. (Broadway and Oliver Street), Minneapolis; appetiteforchangemn.org/wbfm.
Woodbury Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June 5 through October 30. 8595 Central Park Pl., Woodbury; stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
Aamodt’s Apple Farm
Apple picking generally opens mid- to late Aug. through Oct. Finish picking, with Thor’s Hard Cider in the barn. 6428 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater, 651-439-3127; aamodtsapplefarm.com.
Afton Apple Orchard
Strawberries generally available June to early July, apples and raspberries available Aug. to Oct., pumpkins available Sept. through Oct. 14421 S. 90th St., Hastings, 651-436-8385; aftonapple.com.
Apple Jack Orchards
Apples generally available Aug. through Oct., with online ordering and curbside pickup available. 4875 37th St. SE, Delano, 763-972-6673; applejackorchards.com.
Emma Krumbee’s Apple Orchard
Apples and raspberries late Aug. through Oct., pumpkins in the fall. 311 E. Enterprise Dr., Belle Plaine, 952-873-3006; emmakrumbees.com.
Pine Tree Apple Orchards
Apples, strawberries, pumpkins. Opens in mid-June for strawberry season. 450 Apple Orchard Rd., White Bear Lake, 651-429-7202; pinetreeappleorchard.com.