Interactive map makes it easy to find farmers markets in Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city. Clicking on the map pins will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. The map lists 15 farmers markets now; more will be added as information becomes available.

It’s easy for people to buy local produce. Eight of the markets accept “electronic benefits transfer” cards as payment to give residents on federal food assistance easier access to fresh, healthy food. Some of the farmers markets are mini markets, special small markets that the City licenses to get more fresh and affordable produce on the table in low-income neighborhoods.

Local produce is nutritious and affordable. Buying food directly at a farmers market strengthens the community between the farmer and the eater, and it supports the regional economy by allowing the local farmer to keep 80 to 90 cents per dollar of sales. Many Minneapolis residents can reach a farmers market on foot or by bicycle, which is good exercise and doesn’t pollute.

Recent state law updates regulating farmers markets will have shoppers likely seeing more food samples and cooking demonstrations at markets. Vendors may also now operate more days of the year. With the Minnesota Farmers Market Association, the City of Minneapolis advocated for these changes to allow more flexibility for health educators doing sampling and cooking demonstrations and to lift excessive restrictions with the State of Minnesota’s Unsession.

Check out Homegrown Minneapolis for more ways to get healthy, local food on the table. Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.

Published May 5, 2014