Friday, June 22, 2012

Apple Valley is Changing for the Better

I am a suburb girl.  I grew up in Brooklyn Park, and Apple Valley has been my home the past seven years.  Slowly, ever so slowly, I have seen Apple Valley change these past few years.  Yes, we are still townhouse central, and full of chain restaurants, but there is some real change happening and I am loving and supporting it!

Last week marked the first Friday in a line-up all summer of free music at Kelly Park.  This has been going on for several years, but last Friday was amazing.  There had to have been over 300 people at the event.  Every parking spot was full, and people were parking in my development three blocks away and walking.  Food vendors are starting to make an appearance beyond the lame ice cream man in a van.  Enjoy Restaurant had brats and burgers, and Culver's had ice cream (yes a chain), and there were a few others.  I would love to sell homemade goodies at this and our farmer's market.  Maybe next year I will look into that. It was the people.  Families and singles out listening to music and chatting with one another.  Everyone out in support of the arts.  In addition, the Apple Valley Arts Foundation gave three Apple Valley arts teachers $1,500.  It gives me hope for the future, seeing my community supporting the arts.  I am proud to be an Apple Valley resident.  They host free music every Friday 6-9pm.  Interested in joining me for a picnic in the park?  Drop me a line and let's go!

We have an adorable farmer's market in the parking lot of the Galaxie Library every Saturday morning.  It is perfect. Charlie and I go to the farmer's market to buy what we can from our grocery list, then off to Target for the rest.  There are between 10-15 vendors.  Just enough for almost everything you need from bread to veggies and fruit.  Don't get me wrong, I love the giant Minneapolis Farmer's Market and the Downtown Saint Paul one, but this one is intimate and quiet.  You can touch and smell the food, chat with the vendors at length, and bump into neighbors.  Then visit the library! :)

This year we have a food truck!  Hazzah!  The Sassy Spoon will be joining the farmer's market every week! The bright pink truck beckons your order.  Last Saturday they only had two options, a sweet potato hash or a pork dish.  I of course went straight to the sweet potato hash.  The lovely ladies whipped up my order in a matter of minutes.  The Hungry Hungry Hash had a combination of sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, broccoli and a nice fried egg on top.  This definitely fits their tag line of "wholesome food with attitude."  It had heft, without being too heavy.  The vegetables were not in your standard cube, but delicate julienne strips that were lightly cooked in oil until all the edges began to caramelize.  Large enough to share, but why would you?  It was delicious from the first to the last bite.  I will be back to order this and others again soon.  I can't wait to try the Creamy Berry Crumble from Sweet Science ice cream, which they sometimes sell.  

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