Six Local Farmers Markets in the Twin Cities
By: April Pierce, Communications & Web Services Intern
One of the many great things about summer is the opportunities we’re given to interact with the vibrant communities that live all around us. Farmers markets in particular give us the chance to interact with and strengthen our community. Shopping with local vendors helps to support not only their livelihoods, but the environment and your own health as well.
In addition to the nutritional benefits, there are cost benefits to be found for low-income families. There are numerous charity-run markets available throughout the Twin Cities that offer free or reduced produce to families in need. They accept a variety of payments including food stamps from programs like SNAP and WIC. All of the markets I’ve listed below either accept EBT benefits or are free use for families in need.
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1) Maple Grove Farmers Market
- Description: Maple Grove has a lot to offer with its local farmers market. This event goes on every Thursday through September and features over 50+ vendors. Just a few of the items offered include produce, beef, pork, eggs, chicken, artisan breads, flowers, honey, maple syrup, jams/jellies, and a wide variety organic specialty items.
- Time: June-September, every Thursday from 3PM-7PM
- Location: 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
2) Minnesota Fresh Farm
- Description: If you’re someone who is concerned about the effects that pesticides can have on food then I recommend visiting the Minnesota Fresh Farm. Their vendors provide visitors with a variety of pesticide-free selections to choose from.
- Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10AM-6PM & Thursday 10AM-7PM
- Location: 20241 Hwy 65, East Bethel, MN 55011
3) Nicollet Mall Farmers Market
- Description: If you’re worried about not having enough options to pick from then the Nicollet Mall farmers market is a great place visit. It runs between 5th and 12th Street every Thursday and the location provides visitors with plenty of options for parking.
- Time: May-November, every Thursday from 6AM-6PM
- Location: 800 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402
4) Bloomington Farmers Market
- Description: The Bloomington farmers market has not only a great selection of produce but a great location as well. It is held in the parking lot that is directly next to the Bloomington Center for the Arts. Its prime location allows for visitors to easily attend either in their own vehicles or by public transportation.
- Time: June-October, every Saturday from 8AM-1PM.
- Location: 1800 W Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431
5) Kingfield Farmers Market
- Description: The Kingfield farmers market is well known for its quality selection of vendors. It is a nonprofit run event that has managed to win two City Pages' Best Farmers Market awards. Music and kids activities are also featured at this event if you're interested in bringing the whole family along.
- Time: May-October, every Sunday from 8:30AM-1PM
- Location: 4310 Nicollet Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55409
6) Keystone Free Farmers Market
- Description: Saving the best for last, Keystone Community Services will be holding several free farmers markets throughout the summer and into the fall. This is a service provided to those who have an established need for it as well as an income that is within 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. If you meet these requirements and are interested in attending Keystone recommends arriving an hour in advance so that you can receive a ticket which will mark your spot in line. This market will be available through the end of September in several Twin Cities locations.
- Time(s) & Location(s):
- Roseville Covenant Church: August 10th, 10AM-12 & September 14th, 10AM-Noon
- West 7th Community Center: August 16th, 10AM-12 & September 20th, 10AM-Noon
- Rice & Arlington Field: August 21st, 1PM-3PM & September 25th, 1PM-3PM
Do you have any favorite Twin Cities farmers markets? Let us know in the comments below. If you’re interested in learning more local market options visit the StarTribune website to look through a list of more than 70 local farmers markets