We sure love our farmers markets in the Twin Cities, and luckily there are a number of them for us to visit on any day of the week. No two markets are the same, and each one brings a unique experience to its visitors. So before you head out to purchase your fresh veggies, fruits and the like, check with our guide to farmers markets around the Twin Cities.
Minneapolis Farmers Market, 312 East Lyndale Ave N Minneapolis – Every Day from 6:00 am until 1:00 pm
At this history-rich market you’ll find members of the Central Minnesota Growers Association selling their fresh fruits, vegetables and farmstead products directly to the consumer. And while many of the products are locally-grown, this market does support vendors who sell produce grown elsewhere, so don’t be surprised if you see some items that you know don’t grow in Minnesota. They have number of events taking place throughout the weekends, yes, these are the guys that show up on Nicollet Mall between 5th St. and 10th St. every Thursday in May through October from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm. For more information, visit the Minneapolis Farmers Market website.
Mill City Farmers Market, 704 Second St., Minneapolis – Saturdays from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm
This market is open on Saturdays starting May 11, 2013 through the end of October. Located on Chicago Mall between the Guthrie Theater and Spoonriver restaurant and in the historic train shed of the Mill City Museum, you’ll find all sorts of local, sustainable and organic products. Their mission is “to inspire and nurture a healthy community by building a local, sustainable, and organic food economy in a vibrant, educational marketplace.” Head down there any Saturday and you’ll probably agree that they do just that. For more information, visit the Mill City Farmers Market website.
Midtown Farmers Market, Lake St. E. & 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis – Saturdays from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm
You will find over 80 vendors at this market including local growers from Minnesota and Wisconsin, local artists and prepared food vendors. Open May through October, on any give market day you might also find live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, advice from Master Gardeners and much more. Plus, they are open on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm June through October. For more information, visit the Midtown Farmers Market website.
Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market, University Ave. NE & 7th Ave. NE, Minneapolis – Saturdays, 9:00 am until 1:00 pm
In its 14th year, this market opens for the season on June 1st and runs until October 19. The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market (NEFM) is a non-profit organization and is known as the first community-based farmers market in the city. You will find locally grown produce, unique gifts and unusual services otherwise neglected from mainstream businesses. In addition, the NEFM is known for its outstanding children’s activities, so bring the whole family. For more information, visit the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market website.
Kingfield Farmers Market, 4310 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis – Sundays 8:30 am until 1:00 pm
The Kingfield Farmers Market runs from May 19 until October 27 this year, and each Sunday you’ll find a nice assortment of veggies, meats, cheeses, eggs, honey and jam – all of which are locally produced. But that’s not all; they always have music, and always have a nice neighborhood vibe. To find out more, visit the Kingfield Farmers Market website.
Fulton Farmers Market, 4901 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis – Saturdays 8:30 am until 1:00 pm
A sister of the Kingfield Farmers Market, the mission of the Fulton Farmers Market is “to bring neighbors together to buy, eat, and learn about local food.” And they do just that by supporting local farmers and promoting local businesses. You will find local and organic produce, plants, specialty products, crafts and some of the best food trucks in town. They also have great children’s events scheduled throughout the season, which opens on Saturday, May 18. For more information, visit the Fulton Farmers Market website.
Linden Hills Farmers Market, 2813 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis – Sundays 9:00 am until 1:00 pm
This is the second year for the Linden Hills Farmers Market, which takes place in the Settergren’s parking lot every Sunday from June through October. Two things stand out: the nice neighborhood vibe this market brings and the focus on local farmers, artists and artisans who are committed to using sustainable practices and materials. Plus, on any given Sunday, you might hear some live music and indulge is some great food from any number of food trucks. For more information, visit the Linden Hills Farmers Market Facebook page.
St. Paul Farmers Market, 290 E. 5th St., St. Paul – Saturdays 6:00 am until 1:00 pm & Sundays 8:00 am until 1:00 pm
This market, which opened for the season on May 4, is operated by the St. Paul Growers’ Association and allows only fresh, locally grown produce to be sold. So what you find here depends on the the time of season. On any given weekend you also will find bakery goods, cheese, poultry, buffalo, venison, beef, pork, lamb, maple syrup, eggs, bagel sandwiches, honey, organic plants and produce, flowers, plants, shrubs and many other items. Live music often fills the air, and they have some great children’s activities, too. For more information, please visit the St. Paul Farmer’s Market website.
Richfield Farmers Market, Veterans Park, 64th & Portland, Richfield – Saturdays 7:00 am until 12:00 pm
Fruits, veggies, garden plants, family art activities, music and connecting with the community – you’ll find all that and more at the Richfield Farmers Market. It is a member of and supports the initiatives of the Minnesota Farmers Market Association and Minnesota Grown. They also operate the Lyndale Gardens Market (64th & Lyndale), which is new this year, and will take place on Wednesdays, June through August from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. For more information, please visit the Richfield Farmers Market Facebook page.
Bloomington Farmers Market, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington – Saturdays 8:00 am until 1:00 pm
This market opens for the season on June 8 and runs until October 12 and takes place in the East parking lot of the Bloomington Civic Plaza. More than 40 vendors gather each week to sell locally grown produce as well as cut flowers, meat, cheese, honey, maple syrup, berries, fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles, coffee, smoothies, kettle corn and unique art. Music and children’s activities are also a staple here.
Of course, there are smaller markets taking place every day of the week around the Metro area. Let us know which farmers market is your favorite and why; we love hearing from our readers.