The historical Savage Depot just off Highway 13. Betcha can’t find another farmers’ market in town with such an awesomely cool depot.

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Savage Farmers’ Market: Fresh, Local, and Close to Home

So you want fresh, locally grown produce from Minnesota farmers, but who wants to drive all the way from Savage to St. Paul just for veggies? I mean, it’s 25 miles. If I'm driving that far for produce, those vegetables better come with my own personal five-star chef.

There’s a better solution. Every Sunday morning during the season, a couple dozen vendors erect 10x10 canopies in the parking lot of the historic Savage depot and offer local lettuce, onions, herbs, parsnip, rutabagas, flowers, honey, and more. As an extension of the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, the market follows the same 50-mile rule for local produce. Most of the vendors also have booths at the downtown location and at one or more suburban markets.

With such a convenient location, you have no reason not to buy fresh and local. Stop by the market for whatever is in season; and then go to one of several nearby supermarkets for everything else. Now you can have your rutabaga and eat it, too.

  • Sugar snap peas and potatoes. These spuds were made for frying.
  • Signs of spring: tables covered in rhubarb, swiss chard, and onions.
  • Fresh vegetables, all local, all benefiting area farmers.
  • A vendor selects a batch of radishes.
  • A batch of Swiss chard.
  • Red onions, perfect for a healthy and tasty salad. Or for a tasty but not-so-healthy hamburger.
  • Fresh herbs—so much tastier than dried.
  • Larry shows off his Aspen Ridge Honey. Ask him how the flowers that the bees eat change the flavor of the honey. (My favorite is buckwheat.)
  • All the varieties of maple syrup! Have you tried the habanero?
  • Beautiful cut lilies to decorate your dining table.
  • So many lovely batches of cut flowers.
  • More cut flowers. Are there ever enough?
  • A Hmong woman prepares additional cut flower arrangements.
  • Flowers in hanging baskets are perfect for your deck--or your kitchen window.
  • Savage residents doing their Saturday morning grocery shopping.

 

So What’s Up with That Old Depot?

The Savage Depot Sign

The sign on the end of the depot building announces the name of the town to arriving railroaders.

The historic depot has been around longer than the name “Savage.” When the Chicago, Minneapolis, and Omaha Railroad built the depot in 1880, the town was called “Hamilton.” The town changed its name to “Savage” in 1904. (It’s a good thing, too; I’ll bet it confused the railroad passengers to see a depot labeled “Savage” in a town called “Hamilton.”)

The railroad closed the Savage and Shakopee depots in 1970 and replaced them with a single depot to serve both towns. Murphy’s Landing, the historical preservation site in Shakopee, purchased the depot and moved it to the Murphy’s Landing grounds.

In 2007, the Dan Patch Historical Society raised the funds to move the depot back home to Savage. The building housed a bistro until 2012; a new restaurant will open in 2013.

You can learn more about the Savage depot at the society's web site.