Market watch: Finding rhubarb

June 4, 2011

by Rick Nelson, Star Tribune

May 18, 2011

A recent posting on a friend’s Facebook page summed up what a lot of Minnesotans have been surely feeling during this late-arriving spring. “[I] won’t last much longer if I don’t bake something with rhubarb soon,” he wrote.

That sentiment was lingering in my brain as I bundled up on Saturday morning and headed to the Mill City Farmers Market, with one thought in mind: If anyone would have rhubarb on her market stand, it would be Pam Benike.

The owner of Prairie Hollow Farm in Elgin, Minn., prides herself on presenting a diverse selection of Minnesota-raised vegetables, and even during this chilly, rainy mid-May, Benike was offering morel mushrooms, asparagus, fiddleheads, ramps, radishes, dandelion greens and thick, towel rod-length rhubarb stalks.

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