May 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the May issue you'll find garden inspiration from local shops and plant sales, get a peek inside the Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery and learn about the agricultural roots at Waconia's Andrew Peterson farm.

With the snap of her camera, Lisa Tomassen caught a fleeting sunny scene outside her Eden Prairie home. On a May day, playing outside with her two children, she noticed the two bright red birds, a cardinal and the rarer scarlet tanager, having a splash in the pond outside her home.


Aaron Schram isn’t short on ideas—or the energy to realize them.


The Donut Dash 5K, benefitting Eagle Ridge Academy in Eden Prairie, is May 7 at Purgatory Creek Park.Celebrate the start of summer with these three fun runs (or walks!), which help raise money for local schools.


Tucked away just west of the Twin Cities resides a farmstead that resonates with Swedes and Americans alike: The Andrew Peterson farm.


As the temperamental days of April unfold into the glorious days of May, gardeners tap into their inner Maias (the goddess of plant growth and the month’s namesake) to create their own precious garden gems.


Summer camp is a rite of passage for many children. It’s a place where kids can go to make new friends, step outside their comfort zones and practice new skills.


Imagine an energy filling a fitness room that is welcoming, inclusive and encouraging. This is the motivational atmosphere that fills Choice, Inc.’s Shape Center, the fitness room located at its Eden Prairie facility.


You might have seen Annie Wang’s mouth watering photos on her instagram. Minneapolis Eater did and they picked her as one of 16 Twin Cities-based instagrammers to follow for food in 2015.


Kim Lewis had thought about plastic surgery for years. She even Googled “breast reduction surgery” on WebMD looking for answers. “It’s not one of those things you talk about with your girlfriends over coffee,” she says.


The 2016 season marks Valleyfair’s 40th anniversary, and the theme park is celebrating with a return to its roots.


Benilde-St. Margaret’s School senior Madison Hicks uses her love of writing to engage with others. She embraces her enthusiasm for English and writing as captain of BSM’s speech and mock trial teams, also working as managing editor for the school’s journalism program.


The local craft distilling scene is heating up, and one of our new favorites is the Five Lemon Ginger liqueur from Five Vodka in Winsted, Minnesota.


A faucet handle mounted to a reclaimed board becomes a flower with a stem made of old tape measures—a piece of art ready for the walls thanks to the artist behind Re3, a series of custom welcome signs and home decor.


Three years ago, Donna Garhofer bought a book on soap making and began crafting unique black and brown soaps.