It’s here! Opening Day of our fabulous farmers’ markets is one of my favorite signs of spring in the Twin Cities. Some markets don’t open until later in the season, but here are five opening in the next week that you should definitely hit up.

1. For Best Fresh and Local, Go to St. Paul Farmers’ Market

Opening Day: April 30, 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

The granddaddy of them all has the best selection of local products. All produce is raised in or near the metro, and all shelf-stable products such as honey, wild rice, and maple syrup are locally produced using local ingredients.

This is where I’m going Saturday morning. My shopping bags are by the door!

2. For More Selection, Try Minneapolis Farmers’ Market

Opening Day: April 30, 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

If you’re frustrated that you can only buy what’s in season at other markets, try Minneapolis. The largest open-air market in the upper Midwest has locally grown produce supplemented by trucked-in goods. And what they don’t have, you might find next door at the Farmers’ Market Annex.

The market has already been open for limited spring hours, but Saturday begins 7-day-a-week.

3. The Most Convenient for Downtown Minneapolis is at Nicollet Mall Government Center

Opening Day: May 5, 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Pop out at lunchtime to stock up for the weekend, but don’t forget that it’s at Government Center this season because of the construction on Nicollet.

4. Get Top-Quality Organics at Mill City

Opening Day: May 7, 8:00 AM – Noon.

Trendy Mill City is a great market for foodies. Hennepin County Master Gardeners will be on site throughout Opening Day, so bring on your gardening questions.

5. For a Fun Community Experience, Hit Midtown

Opening Day: May 7, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Come hungry to Midtown’s opening day. They’ll have a lineup of food trucks—Kabomelette, Fireroast Cafe, the Moral Omnivore, and more.

You can give blood while you’re there, too. (I’m sorry, but it has to be said: you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip, but you can squeeze it from the turnip buyers.)

Bonus #6: Out in the Suburbs, try Burnsville or Roseville

Opening Day Burnsville: May 5, Noon – 5:00 PM.

Opening Day Roseville:  May 5, 8:00 AM – Noon.

Both locations are satellite branches of the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, which means they feature the same fresh and local produce. Many of the vendors are the same ones you’ll find downtown on the weekend. Later in the season, the St. Paul market adds many other locations throughout the metro. These two open within the next week.

Which market are you going to this week?