The award-winning Saint Paul Farmers’ Market 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. The market was recently chosen as one of the 10 Best Farmers’ Markets in the U.S. by a USA Today readers’ poll, coming in second. The Market operates year-round at the downtown Lowertown location.
I recently came across a box of deadstock sweatshirts in an @askovfinlayson storage closet and it brought back old memories. We made these in 2014 to coincide with a panel discussion hosted at the @walkerartcenter and moderated by my friend @poppyharlowcnn. The topic was Minnesota’s identity and the event was originally entitled ‘Midwest’ crossed out, but we had to change it to ‘Midwest?’ because the Walker website couldn’t support strikethrough formatting – perhaps that was a sign.
The evening was a great success with a packed house and inspiring conversation, but I ultimately decided not to sell the merchandise. It was the very early days of Askov and the idea had been to be provocative to create buzz, but I realized that I wanted our brand to be about what it stood for rather than what it was against. And instead of edgy and cool, the message felt negative and critical and that wasn’t us.
Since then, the idea of North has gained traction beyond what we ever imagined way back then. I’m proud that it has become a movement of championing what our state and region have to offer without rejecting anywhere else. And we’ve made optimism and positivity core values of Askov that continue to guide our decisions to this day.
These sweatshirts and plenty of other missteps and false starts will be included in the archive sale we’re co-hosting with our friends @bludot at their Minneapolis outlet store this weekend. If you’re local, stop by for sweet deals on parkas, hats, tees, crews, and more. And, if you end up buying one of these sweatshirts, please just remember to stay positive.
At the market, you will find local artists with incredible wares including pottery, jewelry, carved wood, granite charcuterie boards, and more. There will be food to delight your taste buds, and farmers with products such as organically grown vegetables, seasonal jams, freshly baked breads, yarn spun from their own sheep’s wool, and goat milk soap. We also have live music, an educational experience, and more each week! If you are in the Northfield area on a summer Saturday, don’t miss out! Riverwalk Market Fair truly offers “the art of a summer Saturday.”
Riverwalk Market Fair is an Art and Farmers’ Market held along the Cannon River in the heart of Northfield, MN.
It happens every Saturday through October 15th from 9am – 1pm.
The Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival brings artists, musicians, art lovers, families, and community together for a one-day outdoor celebration on Saturday, June 4th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a charming neighborhood of St. Paul. The St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a popular annual neighborhood event that benefits the St. Anthony Park Branch of the St. Paul Library.
Set around the picturesque library grounds and nearby shops, the festival features 70+ juried artists as well as a community area, plant sale, one of the best used book sales in the metro area, art activities for the whole family, good food and great music. The festival attracts high quality artists from across the region.
The Rainflower Project’s art installation dedicated to those who have lost their lives to suicide and to the families and friends who live in its wake. The purpose of this project is to generate awareness and dialogue about positive mental health and to support the critical fight to prevent suicide.
Dates and Times
Saturday May 28th – Sunday 29th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Market sellers will be set up throughout the annual and perennial gardens near the Oswald Visitor Center and Snyder Buildings.
The May Markets are included with your gate admission to visit the Arboretum. Gate admission is free for members and children age 15 and younger, and $15 for non-member adults ages 16 and older. Make your reservations in advance of visiting the Arboretum.