Our Summer Markets are open! We have Markets in 20 different locations throughout the Metro. You’ll find a truly wonderful selection of locally grown produce, plants, humanely raised meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, honey, jelly, jams, spices and other specialty products from independent makers.
The SPFM allows only fresh, locally grown produce to be sold, directly from the grower to the consumer, making it unique among many farmers’ markets. The baked goods, artisan foods, confections and other products offered are produced locally as well. In addition to the weekend downtown Saint Paul location, the SPFM operates 19 Neighborhood Markets as well as Winter Markets in downtown and various neighborhood locations. The Saint Paul Farmers’ Market is located at 290 5th Street East in downtown Saint Paul.
Open every in Downtown St. Paul every Saturday, 7am – 1pm and Sunday, 8am – 1pm in Lowertown: 290 5th St E, St. Paul, MN.
Explore beautiful landscapes and display gardens featuring collections of trees and plants for inspiration, discovery, and scientific study.
Then, shop the Fall Harvest for seasonal floral arrangements, greeting cards, botanical products, knitted wearable accessories, gifts for the home and both functional and whimsical wood-crafted items — all made with care by members of the Arboretum Auxiliary. Visit too… the AppleHouse!
Pick up the flavors of fall at the Arboretum’s AppleHouse. This seasonal shop features a rotating variety of freshly-picked, in-season apples. Call 612.301.3487 for a list of available apples. In addition to apples, shoppers will find apple cider, frozen apple pies, gourmet food items and seasonal decor. North Star Mini Donuts will also sell their famous apple cider mini donuts on select days throughout the season.There will be a limited selection of mums available in August, and watch for Arboretum-grown pumpkin, squash and gourds arriving in October. Starting in November, the AppleHouse transforms to a holiday boutique, stocked with a variety of holiday gifts, as well as treats for your holiday meals.
All proceeds from the AppleHouse help support Arboretum research and general operations.
As kids, summers meant escaping to the lake. Whether it was taking the boat out at sunset, sharing stories around the bonfire, or jumping off a well-worn dock, life was simply better at the lake. From Summer excursions to Northern Minnesota and weekend jaunts to Hayward, Wisconsin – some of our most vivid memories were created with friends and family around the lake.
Great Lakes has always been a product of the values we were raised on. We were taught to work hard but always find time to enjoy the finer things in life. To seek adventure and be proud of where you come from. We work tirelessly to infuse these values into our brand, our products, and the way we do business.
DAVID BURKE co-founder
Roy Lake in Northern Minnesota was my escape for the summer. There’s something about leaving behind the hustle and bustle of city-life that was so relaxing. Usually with friends and family, our days consisted of tubing, water-skiing, swimming in the middle of the lake and fileting fish for dinner. The simple, carefree lifestyle at Roy Lake was something I always looked forward to and has provided much of the inspiration behind the Great Lakes brand.
SPENCER BARRETT co-founder
Growing up for me meant Summers at the cabin on Round Lake in Hayward, WI. We’d spend countless hours jumping off the dock, sharing stories around the bonfire, counting the satellites at night, and just enjoying each others company. We recently had to sell the cabin but I’m incredibly thankful for those memories and I continue to draw from them every single day.
My name is Chelsey Wingness, born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. Growing up, I spent countless hours in the woods, exploring & unknowingly rooting myself with nature. My intentions are to bring nature into everyday lives. As we progress into our modern world I find it even more important to connect with the earth. What better way than through an object of everyday use?
Pottery & I collided while I was working on my AFA at Lake Superior College. I’ve always been a creative person, but the medium of clay took over any other art form I happened to be working with. I am happiest while forming the clay, structurally, my pieces are more sculpture like with intentional glazing. I want my pieces to strike joy in those who use them.
I am beyond grateful for the support I was given as a child from my parents. My creativity was encouraged to be itself from the beginning & I plan to follow though with it until the end.
Thank you @minneapolislakes for the Retail + Shopping Feature on S+J in this month’s magazine issue!
With its exposed beams, concrete floors, large windows, black and gray hues, and great music, Serge + Jane has a hip urban feel. And no, it’s not a nightclub, but a local retail store where shopping is an immersive experience.
A lifestyle boutique, Serge + Jane opened in November 2019 and was literally designed from the ground up by Jamie and Casey Carl. Coming from a retail background at Target, they used their expertise and thought outside the box when it came to creating their own store. And, they chose to build it at 44th & France in Edina because they live in the area and wanted it to be near their friends and neighbors.
The atmosphere of the store is laid back, sexy, and passionate. “It’s very crisp and chic,” says Jamie. “It’s meant to feel a little bit urban in a suburban area. We are adjacent to Minneapolis and wanted to channel that downtown vibe.” Even the name has a cool story to it, which you can find on its website: @sergeandjane
Her husband Casey creates all the music sets that are played in the store. “Music plays a huge role in the experience when you’re shopping,” says Jamie.
And since Casey’s passion is music, especially on vinyl, the store has a great selection of vinyl records for sale. “Even before COVID, vinyl was making a comeback, but what we saw during COVID with people spending so much time at home was that they enjoyed the ritual of listening to an album they remembered or discovering new artists and sitting down and listening to music and hearing it how it was recorded,” she says. “It has a live feeling to it and not as manufactured as what you will find on a streaming channel. You’ll hear the grit and maybe feel like you’re a little bit closer to the music.”
The three large retail floors are filled with merchandise for every member of the family, especially when it comes to apparel. “Our clothing style is very laid back and influenced by the West Coast,” says Jamie. “We have different brands than what’s usually available around here and we want it to feel casual. So even if it’s a dressy occasion, it still feels very effortless and sophisticated but not too overdone or fussy. And that’s how I hope people feel when they enter our space.”
In addition to clothing, accessories and home goods, Serge + Jane also carries some great toys, apparel, and other pet related items, and shoppers can even bring their dogs with them. The pet bakery is also a big hit with its cookies, cupcakes, and treats made by a group of neighborhood teenage entrepreneurs.
Jamie and Casey feel strongly about buying local and supporting local, so shoppers will find plenty of unique merchandise from various area vendors.
“There’s a big maker’s market environment here,” says Jamie. “We do a lot of pop-up shop events so people can shop and meet the artists here as well.”
Another interesting aspect of Serge + Jane is the walking gallery in the stairwell. “We highlight local artists and have a launch party for them to kick it off with drinks and cocktails,” she says. “And, we change it out every three months.”
Jamie and her staff make sure everyone who comes through the doors feels welcome. “Our team is exceptional and customer service is very important to us,” she says. “Carol Werness, our store manager, has more retail experience than even Casey and I do. She owned her own store for years before she came on board with us. When people walk in, they are greeted and seen, so we’re very hands on with our clients. We want them to be happy with what they leave with.”
In addition to the everyday shopping experience, there are often fun events for shoppers to attend. Jamie’s last 10 years at Target were spent leading the internal events team, so she has been using those skills at Serge + Jane.
“At least every week or two we’re doing something where we’re utilizing our rooftop or our space in the store,” says Jamie. “We did a Mother’s Day event where moms shopped on all three floors and then were able to have champagne and individual charcuterie boards while hanging out on the rooftop.”
Reaching out and giving the community a place to gather and do something beyond shopping is something they strive to do. And although they have a great website for people to shop online, Jamie feels that there is something special about shopping in person.
“I do believe that people, even when rushed and with limited time, like to carve out an opportunity to see what’s new and what’s happening that they just can’t get from scrolling through websites. You get more out of it when you can see and touch things in person. There is an experience to be had when you come into our store.”