01 June 2011

Minneapple | Nice ride!

Memorial Day weekend meant packing up for my big move (to a new apartment - more on that soon!) but I did allow myself one day of no packing or purging. Saturday I decided it was high time I checked out the Mill City Farmer's Market, and what better way to get there than by bike. Though I've not yet found a bike of my very own the Nice Ride bikes scattered across the city are convenient and with a bit of patience and planning you can keep it to about $5 for your entire outing.

Mill City is a local 'waste-free' market and while taking in spectacular views of the Mississippi and the beautiful old mills you can find just about anything you'd ever want or maybe, like me, you never knew such things existed - from Danish Æbleskiver to Minnesota specialties like Chokeberry Jam and wild rice blueberry pancakes. My favourite stall was 'Classic Tailors' who've turned feedsacks into jackets, bloomers and dresses, and all the while keeping it very affordable considering the materials.

One of the highlights of the day was taking the Cedar Lake trail (the first bicycle 'freeway' in the U.S.) back to Kenwood and making a stop at the 'hidden beach', which I just learned was once the only nude beach in the Twin Cities. The cherry on top? An iced coffee from Kenwood Cafe and a rest on the dock.

p.s. When I first moved to Minneapolis Rhiannon sent me some lovely recommendations. You can see some of her Twin Cities favourites here. I'm delighted to be among them.
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