Mill City Farmers Market

We had a marvelous time exploring the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis last Saturday.  

Perched on the banks of the Mississippi, with the Stone Arch Bridge as the backdrop, this is a bustling market for the whole family. It's open every Saturday through October from 8 am to 1 pm. 

The girls sampled maple syrup and salami, admired the flowers, inhaled the lavender oils, pet the dogs (with permission) and cooled off with fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Archie hung out in the carrier, tucked under his sun hat. 

After strolling through the market, we rested at the feet of a folk band whose whimsical sound perfectly matched the scene. This is what a Saturday morning in the summer should entail. 

The sights and smells were rich, but most of all, I appreciated the varied textures. Wool rugs. Spiky sunflowers. Shiny tomatoes. Lumpy cucumbers. 

It felt like stepping into the Eric Carle book I had read the girls the day before. 

Ahhh, Summer. We're savoring you.


Christina Ries is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and three young children in Inver Grove Heights. Write her at