Health Department

Food, Lodging & Pools
Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Farmers Markets

As part of Minneapolis’ goal to simplify business requirements, the categories of farmers market vendors listed below
will be converted to Seasonal Food Permits
. This allows vendors to sell at farmers markets, civic events and community celebrations without being required to obtain multiple licenses. 

As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate in events and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.  

Do I need a City permit or State license?

Vendors who sell only in Minneapolis:

MDA Retail Mobile Food Handler licensed vendors who sell in Minneapolis and other areas of the state:

Seasonal Food Permit

A Seasonal Food Permit allows a vendor to sell or give away food and/or drink at multiple licensed civic events, community celebrations and farmers markets throughout the year.

A maximum of two stands are allowed to operate under each permit per event.


In 2016, these farmers market categories will be discontinued and converted to Seasonal Food Permits:

Vendors who applied for one of the discontinued licenses or renewed their license under one of these categories will automatically be converted to a Seasonal Food Permit.

For more information visit

Scroll down to Frequently Asked Questions by vendors 

Exempt from licensing



SeasonalMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Food Market DistributorMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Food Market ManufacturerMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Farm ProcessorMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Wild HarvesterMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Registered Cottage Food VendorRegister with MDA and Market Manager
Registered Poultry ProcessorRegister with MDA and Market Manager
Product of the FarmRegister with Market Manager
Meat Processor 
Agricultural ProducerRegister with Market Manager
Food Sampling/DemoRegister with Market Manager

 Public Market license

Opening or operating a farmers' market in Minneapolis requires an approval and licensing. There are different types of farmers market licenses/permits depending on the type of market the applicant wants to operate.

Public Market is a defined place regulated by the city for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products. The three (3) categories of recognized and licensed public markets include:

  1. Farmers markets

  2. Mini markets

  3. Produce and craft markets

A Municipal Market is a city-owned and regulated market for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products.

Cottage Food Bill

(affecting home processor and pickle bill vendors registered with the City of Minneapolis)

On July 1, 2015, changes to the cottage food bill require vendors to register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The City of Minneapolis will no longer accept applications. Instead, operators must submit their application to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). For more information, please visit the MDA website here. (

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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301. 

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Last updated Jan 25, 2017