Farmers markets opening for the season, interactive map available

Photo of farmers market stand with vegetablesThe first farmers market of the season is open, and the City of Minneapolis has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city. The other large markets start to open over the next few weeks. Clicking on the map pins at www.minneapolismn.gov/farmersmarkets will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. The map will be updated as information becomes available on 2017 schedules. Nearly 30 farmers markets, mini markets and farm stands are expected to operate in Minneapolis this year.

The first market of the season – the Lyndale market – is now open daily for the season. Due to the ongoing reconstruction of Nicollet Mall, the Thursday Nicollet Mall farmers market will operate again at the Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza at 300 S. Sixth St. in downtown Minneapolis.

It’s easy for people to buy local produce. Most of the markets accept “electronic benefits transfer” cards as payment to give residents on federal food assistance easier access to fresh, healthy food and many now accept credit cards for payments to vendors or for market tokens. 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. Many of the farmers markets also serve to build community with prepared food, environment-themed educational activities and music.

Homegrown Minneapolis

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.

Farmers Markets of Minneapolis

Through Homegrown Minneapolis, the City of Minneapolis is a part of the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis collaborative along with all of the farmers markets in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. The collaborative is working together to ensure farmers markets are thriving cultural and economic assets that support health and prosperity for all Minneapolis’ communities and vendors.

People can keep their eyes open around town for a free copy of the 2017 Minnesota Grown Directory that features a list of Minneapolis farmers markets on the back.