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Interactive map makes it easy to find dozens of farmers markets in Minneapolis
June 12, 2012 (MINNEAPOLIS) With 29 farmers markets in Minneapolis this year, one of them is convenient to every part of town, and the City has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find markets all over the city. Clicking on the map pins at www.minneapolismn.gov/farmersmarkets will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market.
It’s also easier now for people to buy local produce. Seven of the markets accept “electronic benefits transfer” cards as payment to give residents on federal food assistance easier access to fresh, healthy food. Thirteen of the farmers markets are mini markets, a special small market 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.
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.
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Published Jun. 12, 2012