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Steichens Sign DSC03120_2I was going to use the photograph below for the Lingering Look at Windows Photo Challenge on my other blog, but decided this would be better served over here in A Hidden Gem post instead.

I post this today, because I was just thinking about the state fair and likely, this weekend, five short months from now, that is where I will be. (Like to plan ahead, just a little.)

This is truly a hidden gem. I would bet that most Minnesotan’s don’t even know this place exists. Steichen’s Complete Food Market will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. This market is found only at our Great Minnesota Get-Together (a.k.a. The Minnesota State Fair), which is ranked one of the top five state fairs in the United States by Country Living magazine.

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We have been going to the state fair for our whole lives and only just stopped in here for the first time a few years ago. Even though general fair goers can be found in here, I would think that it is most frequented by the people who live on the fair grounds for the twelve days of the fair.

If you haven’t noticed this store before, it is just behind the Caribe cafe, back in that area.  Give it a look during your next fair visit.

To see a little video about the market, click here.