Why buy local?
Local produce is nutritious and affordable. Many Minneapolis farmers markets sell organic produce as well as flowers and artisan food and gifts. Purchasing food from local farmers supports the local economy and helps farmers to retain their livelihood. Farmers markets provide the opportunity to connect with the local families who planted and harvested the food. Farmers markets dramatically reduce the journey that food takes to your table and avoid costly, wasteful packaging and emissions. Most farmers markets are accessible by foot or bicycle, providing another way to reduce climate change.
2016 Minneapolis Farmers Markets
The interactive map above shows Minneapolis farmers markets, mini markets, and farmstands. Click on the pins to see market info for the 2016 market season. Please email any corrections or updates to Tamara Downs Schwei at Tamara.DownsSchwei@minneapolismn.gov
Minneapolis Farmers Market Collaborative: As illustrated above, there are about 35 farmers markets and mini-markets operating in Minneapolis in 2016. Representatives of many of these markets have been having conversations over the past two years toward more structured collaboration including shared metrics collection, marketing, technical assistance and other collaborative opportunities to build a more connected and effective market system, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and other market champions. The collaborative welcomes and encourages all markets to participate.
A leadership team is supporting these pursuits, comprised of five market managers, the Homegrown Minneapolis/Local Food Policy Coordinator, Tamara Downs Schwei, and University of Minnesota Applied Economics faculty Hikaru Peterson and researcher Joe Nowak. Market Managers in the leadership team include: Martha Archer (Mill City Farmers Market), Alex Cortes (Neighborhood Roots Markets- Fulton, Kingfield & Nokomis), Miguel Goebel (Midtown Farmers Market), Pat Nelson (Minneapolis Lyndale and Government Center Plaza Markets) and DeVon Nolen (West Broadway Farmers Market). Contact Tamara Downs Schwei for more information.
EBT & Market Bucks Initiative
The EBT & Market Bucks Initiative supports a network of farmers markets that accept EBT. The 2016 Market Bucks incentive matches up to ten dollars' worth of coupons per day to customers who use SNAP benefits to purchase eligible foods at participating farmers markets.
The 2016 EBT & Market Bucks Initiative also offers free promotional materials and technical assistance. For more information on how you or a farmers market near you can get involved, please contact Hunger Solutions.
Resources for starting and maintaining a farmers market or mini market in Minneapolis
Vendors - Find permit information on the Health Department Farmers market Webpage
Opening or operating a farmers' market in Minneapolis requires 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:
- Farmers Markets
- Mini Markets
- Produce and Craft Markets
For a directory of Minnesota farms, markets and garden centers visit the Minnesota Grown Directory.
Last updated Dec 16, 2016