The team at Parkway 25, a luxury apartment building in St. Louis Park, are no strangers to the excitement of summer in Minnesota — especially after a particularly harsh winter. Well, the sunny season is FINALLY here, and with that comes an abundance of fresh produce and outdoor enjoyment. The Twin Cities is home to numerous open air farmers markets, where local and regional growers come to shill their delicious bounty. Not only do these markets feature fresh veggies and fruit galore, but many also highlight local artisans, bakers, makers and musicians. Get out there this summer and support the community, and bring home wonderful things to eat. Here are a few of our nearby favorites:
Linden Hills Farmers Market
Every Sunday / 9am-1pm
Settergren’s Hardware Lot
2813 West 43rd St
Founded in 2012, the Linden Hills Farmers Market has grown to include 50+ vendors. From “Indie-gredient makers” to farmers of produce and proteins, crafters, artisans and even food trucks, this market is an experience in itself. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Parkway 25 and St. Louis Park, you’ll see live music, taste and buy fresh foods, and learn more about the value of consuming locally-produced goods.
You needn’t wait for the weekend to enjoy the spoils of the Farmers Market. The Lyndale location is open every day from May to November (rain or shine!). This flagship spot is located near Downtown Minneapolis, tucked away just adjacent to I-94. A sprawling market, you’ll find endless aisles filled with flowers, veggies, fruit, farm fresh eggs and meat, bakeries, pickles, honey, jams, jellies and oh-so much more. Also check out the weekly markets put on by this group at the Government Center (Tuesdays, 9am-3pm) and the Nicollet Mall Market (Thursdays, 6am-6pm).
A quintessential Minnesota experience, the Mill City Farmers Market is as fruitful as it is charming and entertaining. Shop a vast number of sustainable and organically-farmed produce, meat and cheese vendors, as well as bakers, prepared food vendors, crafters, makers, artisans and so much more. Enjoy live music, demos and even yoga, if you’re so inclined. The Mill City Farmers Market also switches it up each Tuesday evening, with a pop-up night market near U.S. Bank Stadium (425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis / 4pm-8pm).
Likely the closest market in the vicinity of St. Louis Park and Parkway 25 luxury apartments, the Hopkins Farmers Market is just a mere 10 minutes away. Opening on June 16th and running through October, this cute outdoor affair features tons of freshly-grown produce, as well as flowers, meat, cheese, eggs, baked goods, honey and more from local vendors. Stop by the market’s food truck section for a smoothie, coffee or a handmade snack, then kick back and enjoy some live tunes from local musicians.
Summer is just about here and that means epic fun in the sun, communing with nature, biking, swimming, boating and much more. The city of St. Louis Park has all that and more, with tons of trails, lakes and scenic sanctuaries all designed to help you connect with Mother Earth — and have fun while doing it. In this post, we’ll run down a few of our favorite local spots for outdoor enjoyment.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W. Franklin Ave.
St. Louis Park
Experience nature in the city when you visit this sprawling 160-acre preserve. Stroll winding trails through marsh, woods, and restored prairie — you may even get a peek at one of the many wild animals that make their home at Westwood, such as deer, turtles, fox, mink and owls. The park also features a playground for the kids and the Interpretive Center, where you can learn more about the area.
The perfect spot for a summer kickback with friends, Oak Hill Park offers numerous picnic shelters, tables, and outdoor grills for the ultimate cookout. A great spot to bring the kids, it also features baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, a playground, swimming pool, paved trails and more. If you’re looking for an outdoor experience with all the amenities, Oak Hill is a solid choice.
The lake formally know as Calhoun is a renowned, city-wide destination. Popular amongst runners, walkers, inline skaters, families and beach bums alike, Bde Maka Ska is your one-stop-shop for fun in the sun. Not to mention, it’s within walking distance of Parkway 25! Enjoy 3 different swimming beaches or rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board and get out on the water. They’ve also got a sand volleyball court, soccer and softball fields, a picnic area and a paved walking trail that rings the lake for a beautiful summer stroll.
SLP is connected to three major bike trails that span from downtown Minneapolis, all the way to Chaska. The Cedar Lake Trail, Cedar Lake Extension Trail and Cedar Lake Regional trail will take you through both urban and natural areas, keeping the scenery interesting. Smoothly paved trails make it easy for beginning and intermediate riders to enjoy themselves, while season riders can push themselves to the limit with longer distance rides.
Parkway 25, a new luxury apartment building near Minneapolis, is situated in St. Louis Park, a bustling area filled with great places to shop, experience and to grab a bite. Whether you’re looking for a quick grab-and-go lunch, delectable baked goods or a sit-down experience, SLP has got you covered. In today’s post, we’ll run down a few of our favorites, and leave the eating up to you!
Wakame Sushi & Asian Bistro
If you’re a fan of sushi, you’ll easily become a regular at Wakame. This Excelsior Blvd. gem offers a plethora of specialty rolls and fresh sushi as well as an extended menu of Asian entrees, appetizers, soups and more. You’ll love to belly up to the bar here too — they offer great happy hour deals on food and drinks twice daily from 3pm-6pm and 9pm-Midnight!
If you haven’t had a Rustica baguette, you really haven’t lived. A perfect blend of crusty and chewy, it’s no wonder their baguettes are in demand all over the city. Not to say everything else at Rustica isn’t something to write home about — it most definitely is. Stop in Saturday morning for a cup of coffee and an ooey-gooey chunk of caramel monkey bread, or pick up a beautiful variety of seasonal desserts to impress guests at your next dinner party.
A contemporary take on the classic Jewish deli, Prime is an eclectic spot that serves everything from potato knishes to juicy burgers. Try the famous Delmonico steak for a protein rush or get nostalgic with pastrami piled high on rye. Prime serves a variety of both traditional Jewish and American fare that will please just about anyone. Not to mention, everything on the menu is kosher!
Go for a stroll around the lake and finish it off with a stop at Yogurt Lab. This fro-yo shop allows you to customize your treat, with dozens of flavors and toppings to choose from, making building your dessert is just as fun as eating it! Featuring a fresh daily frozen yogurt recipe made with organic yogurt and hormone-free milk, you can try flavors such as pomegranate, avocado, red hots, cotton candy, salted caramel and many, many more.
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At Parkway 25, a new luxury apartment building close to Minneapolis, we want a place for you to relax and make the most of your downtime in our zen courtyard.time. In a hectic world, we created the Zen Courtyard in the building specifically for that purpose.
If you want to chill by the pool there are chaises to catch some sun and enjoy the peace. If you want to read by the fire on a chilly night, there are comfortable chairs with an open fire pit. Feel like having your friends over for a big BBQ? There are grilling stations with table seating to celebrate or just catch up.
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Yum! Kitchen and Bakery is a neighborhood treasure and right across the street. Whether you are craving coffee and a cupcake, a healthy salmon salad or a traditional deli sandwich, it offers a full spectrum of, well, yummy food.
They also take special orders for your events at Parkway25 and have a host of tasty catered treats for your gatherings or parties.