Braving through the October rain, a few groups of people walked towards the colorful umbrellas at the parking lot in front of the Sun Foods grocery store. The leafy greens shine everywhere you go, at every corner you turn at the market. It is a quiet and peaceful market with friendly vendors who would not hesitate to say hi when you walk by the stall. This is the Unidale Mall Farmer’s Market.
Yes, 80% of the green vegetables here cost only $1. With $2 in hand, be prepared for a carton of fresh tomatoes or onions. This is a market choice for anybody who wants cheap, fresh vegetable and fruits for the week. This is also a place for food adventurers who like to try exotic foods that you can never find at Target or Cub Foods.
Located in Frogtown, Unidale Mall Farmer’s Market is largely owned by the Hmong community. Frogtown itself is a melting pot of cultures from around the world. Cambodian, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, African and Mexican foods are easily accessible to anyone living in downtown St Paul. This Hmong market is not only a celebration of Southeast Asian foods, but also culture. Older vendors wear traditional colorful Hmong clothing while serving customers. They also speak Hmong language in the vendor community.The vegetables sold at this market are the key ingredients to authentic Southeast Asian dishes. So, if you are looking forward to make tom yum or stir fry vegetables, this is the place to be!
Lemongrass, Thai chili, Chinese eggplant, Korean Melon and green vegetables are some of the exotic produce that you can find for less than $2 at the market. These vegetables come in bunches.
For more information, Unidale Mall Farmer’s Market can be found at 554 University Ave. W. St. Paul, MN 55103
Date: June 1st 2013 -November 4th 2013