Do you enjoy fresh produce, handmade crafts, and a fun-filled atmosphere? Then you must visit the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market! However, if you’re like many parents, navigating the busy market with little ones in tow can be daunting.
That’s where we come in – as seasoned market-goers and locals to the Twin Cities, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to help you and your family make the most out of your visit. We’ve covered everything, from what to expect, where to park, and what to buy to insider tips and tricks. So please keep reading to discover how to make the most of one of our favorite local traditions!
Uncovering the Different Saint Paul Farmers’ Market Locations
While there are more than 19 locations across the St. Paul area, the biggest and most famous market is the Downtown Saint Paul Farmers’ Market in Lowertown. The market is held outdoors during the summer, from May to October, and is a must-visit for many St. Paul residents. This market has fixed shaded awnings that attract many visitors eager to sample the freshest produce, snacks, and treats sourced directly from local growers. During the winter months, the market is open but with reduced hours.
If you want to visit other locations, you can try the South Saint Paul market on Wednesdays or the Burnsville market on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can also visit Inver Grove Heights and Savage on Sundays or Woodbury and 7th Place Mall any day of the week. There are various other locations, but each market offers something unique to shoppers.
Whether you are a parent looking for fresh farm produce or just someone who wants to explore the local market scene, the different farmers’ market locations in St. Paul have something for everyone. Visit each of them and find out what makes them so unique.
The Saint Paul Farmers’ Market Schedule
Before you head out the door, you must know the market’s schedule to plan your trip accordingly.
During the summer, the market is open on Saturdays from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Sundays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. These extended hours make it a great weekend destination for early birds or those who enjoy sleeping in. During the winter, the market runs on a slightly shorter schedule, only open on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Check the official Farmer’s Market Schedule for other locations and hours.
When to Buy
One of the best things about the Saint Paul Farmers Market is the wide variety of produce available throughout the year. There is always something new and exciting to try, from asparagus and strawberries to sweet corn and tomatoes in the summer to pumpkins and winter squash in the fall.
If you’re looking for specific recommendations, I suggest picking up some apples during the peak season from September to November. They are the perfect healthy snack for your little ones to munch on. And if you’re feeling adventurous, give kohlrabi a try during its peak season from July to August. This unique vegetable can be roasted, grilled, or shredded raw into salads.
Remember the herbs! Herbs like basil, parsley, and thyme are available from July to September and are the perfect way to add extra flavor to your cooking.
And finally, no trip to the Saint Paul Farmers Market would be complete without picking up some pumpkins in the fall. They are great for carving and decorating and can also be used to make a delicious pumpkin pie or roasted for a healthy side dish.
How to Get to the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market
Driving is a great way to get to the market, and it’s easy to find free parking on Sundays. Just head southeast on Wacouta St. in downtown St. Paul, go through the four-way stop, and you’ll see the market on the left. Next, take a right onto Broadway, and an immediate left on Prince St. Drive three blocks on Prince St., go under the bridge, and you’ll find the free parking lot on the right-hand side, on the corner of Wilius St. and Prince St. And the best part? FREE Pedi-cabs are available all weekend to transport you from free parking to the market!
Public transportation is another great option. Take the Green Line to Union Depot – it’s just a short walk to the market! Or take any of the following bus lines: 21, 54, 61, 63, 64, 70, 74, 94, 275 Express, 294 Express, 353 Express, 363 Express, 480 Express, 484 Express, 489 Express.
For a more active option, grab your bike and park it at Union Depot, just two blocks from the farmers’ market. The depot is at 214 4th St. East, Saint Paul, MN, 55101.
Parking at the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market
Valet parking is one choice for individuals who want to ride in elegance. You can pull up to the market in your car and hand the valet your keys for just $5 for valet parking, which is available at the market. They will bring your car to you once you have finished shopping so you can load up your items and leave.
Parking in one of the neighborhood public lots, which starts at about $2, is a fantastic alternative. The “Union Depot Lot C West” at 240 E Kellog Blvd. is our favorite. It is one of the most sought-after parking spots for most market patrons and is only two short blocks from the market.
Parking at the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market doesn’t have to break the bank if you’re trying to keep your budget in check. On Sundays, you can snag free parking at any metered street in St. Paul. Always avoid loading zones, closed meters, or other no-parking areas.
If you want to make your market trip more memorable, consider taking a relaxing bike ride along Shepard Road or the bike trails along the Mississippi River. You can also find a free neighborhood spot a mile away in St. Paul’s West 7th Neighborhood, then take a leisurely bike ride to the market.
Insider Tips for Shopping at Saint Paul Farmers Market
Are you looking to make the most of your next Saint Paul Farmers Market visit? Here are some insider tips to help you get the most out of your experience!
First of all, be sure to arrive early. The market opens in the morning, and the early bird does get the worm! Arriving early means you’ll have the first pick of the freshest produce and the best deals. Plus, you’ll avoid the crowds and long lines that can form later in the day.
Next, come prepared with a sturdy tote bag or two. You’ll want to have something to carry all of your purchases in and any samples or freebies you might pick up along the way. And speaking of samples, be sure to try everything! Vendors are usually happy to let you taste their wares, and it’s a great way to discover new flavors and products.
Another important tip: bring cash. While many vendors now accept credit cards or mobile payments, not all do. Besides, using cash can help you stick to a budget and avoid overspending.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions! The vendors at the Saint Paul Farmers Market are a wealth of knowledge and are usually happy to share their tips and tricks for cooking and preparing their products. Ask about their favorite recipes or cooking methods, and be open to trying something new.
It was great sharing with you all about the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market, one of our favorite family-friendly traditions in the Twin Cities. We hope you found our ultimate guide informative and helpful for easily navigating the market.
If you plan to visit the market, keep our insider tips in mind to make the most of your visit. Also, remember to arrive early to beat the crowds and grab some of the best produce available.