Interactive map makes it easy to find farmers markets in Minneapolis

Nearly 40 markets in Minneapolis

The first farmers market of the season will open Saturday, 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 2016 schedules. Nearly 40 farmers markets, mini markets and farmstands are expected to operate in Minneapolis this year. The first market of the season – the Lyndale market – opens April 16.

Due to the ongoing reconstruction of Nicollet Mall, the Thursday Nicollet Mall farmers market will move this year to the Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza at 300 S. Sixth St. in downtown Minneapolis.

People can keep their eyes open around town for a free copy of the 2016 Minnesota Grown Directory that features a list of Minneapolis farmers markets on the back.

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. 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.

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 Apr 15, 2016