Visiting all of the area farmers markets was one of our summer goals. We visited 8 in all, taking us from the west side of Duluth to the east side, up to Hermantown, and across the bridge to Superior. While each market was filled with fruits and vegetables, baked goods, bread, jams, pottery, soaps, and more, it was the unexpected surprises that made our farmers market adventures memorable.
West Duluth Farmers Market (45th Ave. West and Grand Ave.) Our favorite part of this market was the farmer who gave Finley an ear of fresh picked corn to eat right off the cob. You will see her culinary enthusiasm in the photo below. He also happened to be the farmer we met at another market who told the kids this joke.
Q: Why can’t you wear polka dots when you play hide-n-seek?
A: Because you’ll be spotted.
It is now a family classic that even Finley, at 4 years old, likes to tell…over and over and over.
Lincoln Park Farmers Market (3002 West 3rd St.) This was the market where Finley ate the infamous broccoli head (read more, “How To Get Kids To Eat More Vegetables in Duluth“) and the kids sampled micro greens for the first time. The diggers at the Harrison Community Center playground adjacent to the market was a major bonus.
Downtown Duluth Farmers Market (Corner of Lake Ave. and Superior St.) This market was quite lively with a featured musician and downtown employees eating al fresco from a local restaurant’s booth. I was concerned that parking would be difficult, but we found a meter about a block away. Then we walked past several meters reserved right next to the market for market customers at no charge. Next time.
Duluth Farmers Market (14th Ave. East and 3rd St.) This market is actually indoors. They have a small sitting area in the center with toys for kids, which was a hit with Finley. Daley enjoyed seeing Kim, the coffee roaster, as we had met her randomly on our Little Free Library Walk. Always fun when a big town feels small.
UMD Market Day in the Plaza (1120 Kirby Drive) The kids always find it exciting to go to campus. The highlight of this market was the live music by a local singer Maddy Siiter. And the delicious dishes of locally-made ice cream from the Love Creamery (along with a few free samples…so hard to decide!).
Hermantown Farmers Market (5255 Maple Grove Road) Just across the lot from the farmers market is the Hermantown History Center. What a find! The kids especially enjoyed seeing what an “old-fashioned” kitchen looked like. They had never seen a rotary phone before either.
Barker’s Island Farmers Market (Highway 2/53 and Marina Drive, Superior) We loved visiting this market because the surprises were many. While the playground on Barker’s Island was fun after we shopped at the market, it was the dock that stole the show. We brought nets and fishing poles and soaked up the sun.
Superior Downtown Farmers Market (1530 Tower Ave., Superior) Here Daley found the most delicious red peppers. Both kids ate them immediately for snack along with fresh carrots. The market is held in the parking lot of the Superior Public Library so we spent an hour cooling off and reading books.
Do you have a favorite farmers market? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!