Meet the Market // The final market

Begin the holiday season with the final Farmer’s Market 

To the disappointment of many, the Kingfield and Fulton holiday markets ended the last week of October. But if absence makes the heart grow stronger, fans can bestill theirs: We still have one market to go.

Our 2011 Holiday Market will be held Sunday, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King Park Center, 41st & Nicollet. The gathering — which, believe it or not, still features produce, along with meat, cheese, eggs, apples, chocolates, street food, canning and crafts — has become an annual reunion of our weekly market family … even if it happens just three weeks after the outdoor market closes.

We schedule the market the Sunday before Thanksgiving so you can get a jump on your holiday shopping. For the first time, we’re able to draw from the best of two markets: Kingfield, as always, and now, Fulton.

Some of our best craft vendors will be there selling their reasonably priced jewelry and clothes, and if you’re into food treats, Love Tree’s, Star Thrower’s and Singing Hills’ cheese are perfect. The sugary goodness of our bakers, confectioners and canners also stuff stockings and mouths.

It always surprises people to see fresh, locally grown produce in November. The bins are usually stuffed with traditional, fall root crops — which, together with Braucher’s meat and Star Thrower’s lamb, make incredible stews. More vendors have greenhouses, so you’re likely to be startled by the fresh lettuce and greens.

As anyone who goes to the weekly markets knows, they are not just about food and crafts, but community and connection. It’s a kick every year to watch patrons embrace in sweaters instead of shorts, and we’re pretty jazzed about seeing two markets’ worth of fans enjoy holiday warmth together at our community tables, chowing down on amazing street food. It’s also neat to meet newcomers finding us for the first time.

Although an indoor market is shielded from the elements, we discovered last year that the elements can bite back, when a massive snowstorm greeted the set-up crew. I still remember Mike Braucher’s family vending from an ice-encrusted trailer; they were nearly as frozen as their offerings! But the truth is, our weather has been great more years than not, and even Mother Nature’s haymaker didn’t diminish the toasty goodness.

As always, we owe all of our stalwart vendors a big thank you, as well as our indefatigable volunteers from neighborhoods across Southwest. Another debt of gratitude goes to the Minneapolis Park Board, which became our holiday landlord last year and made it so easy to pull off an not-inconsiderable undertaking. Parks people are serious about fostering community, and for that, we give thanks at Thanksgiving.

Kingfield/fulton holiday market
Sunday, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
King Park Center, 41st & Nicollet