Pop-Up, Chef-Curated Spring Farmers’ Market Madness

Photo via facebook.com/lindenhillsfarmersmarket/

Photo via facebook.com/lindenhillsfarmersmarket/

Anyone who’s lived in the Twin Cities for any amount of time knows that farmers’ markets around here are a big deal. Like, plan-your-week-around-the-market big deal. From the Mother of Markets under the I-394/94 overpass just outside downtown Minneapolis to smaller neighborhood markets, each gathering of growers and makers has its own special charm.

One particularly charming market is Minneapolis’ Linden Hills Farmers’ Market (LHFM). Every Sunday from late May/early June to October since 2012, LHFM’s vendors have set up shop in the parking lot next to Settergren’s Hardware on west 43rd Street, just blocks from Lake Hiawatha. In addition to fresh produce from local growers, the market also offers local music, art, baked goods, gifts, and beverages. It’s a best-of compilation of Minnesota-made products, and it has quickly become a darling of the Minneapolis market scene.

This spring, LHFM decided to partner with with Frank & Ernest Foods to expand beyond its summer- and winter-market locations (winter markets are hosted Sundays in November and December at Sunnyside Gardens in Linden Hills). The expansion: three pre-season Minneapolis pop-up markets, at Red Wagon Pizza Company (March 29), Fulton Tap Room/Brewery (April 12), and Tilia Restaurant (May 3).

The Linden Hills market is known for being “chef-driven for the everyday cook”—or, a market that offers such high-quality goods that chefs frequently visit to source ingredients and gather inspiration. LHFM took this one step further with the pop-ups by giving the hosting location’s chef—or brewmaster, in the case of Fulton—the reigns and letting them curate the farmers and products being sold on site that day.

For chefs like Tilia’s Steven Brown, this is a chance to go from being a beneficiary of the market to an active participant. “I already go to the Linden Hills Farmers’ Market for the best raw ingredients for my restaurant every week,” Brown said in a press release. “But with this pop-up, I’m not just a market shopper—I’m a market curator.”

A few of the vendors selected by the chefs for the pop-up markets include: Bare Honey, Red Table Meats, Deane’s Kombucha, Isadore Nut Company, Honey & Rye Bakehouse, Sunrise Flour Mill, Philia Foods, You Betcha Kimchi, Rainbow Chinese Restaurant & Bar, Herbivorous Butcher, Serious Jam, Blue Ox Organic Farm, Artisan Minnesota Ferments, Thumb’s Cookies, ZULA Juice, and SIFT Gluten-Free. The upcoming Fulton Brewery market will also feature their new line of bottled sodas.

The regular Linden Hills market starts back up Sunday, May 17, but if you can’t bear to wait that long, consider these pop-up markets your key to survival.

Looking for a tap room/farmers' market fix? Who isn't!? Right? We've Red Table Meat Co., Serious Jam, Bare Honey + many more. You'll want to watch this space.

Posted by Linden Hills Farmers Market on Friday, April 3, 2015


Linden Hills Pop-Up Farmers’ Markets

Fulton Tap Room/Brewery

  • Sunday, April 12
  • 1:30–4:30pm
  • 414 N. 6th Ave., Minneapolis

Tilia Restaurant

  • Sunday, May 3
  • 1:30–4:30pm
  • 2726 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis

Linden Hills Farmers’ Market

  • Sundays through October, starting May 17
  • 9am–1pm
  • 2813 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis
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Ellen Burkhardt is a freelance writer. When she's not writing, editing, or interviewing, chances are she's on the road seeking out good food, drink, and fodder for her next story.

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