Resources where residents can purchase or obtain fresh, healthy, locally grown foods
Farmers’ Markets and Mini-Markets
Minneapolis boasts a large network of farmers’ markets and mini-farmers’ markets in many neighborhoods across the city.
Hosting a Mini Farmers’ Market
Are you an organization that is interested in setting up a mini-farmers market on your site? Helpful information on how to do this can be found in the How-to Guide for Hosting Mini-Farmers’ Markets in Minneapolis. Mini-markets are a great way for community organizations to bring fresh, affordable produce directly to the residents of their neighborhoods. This informative guide helps interested organizations navigate a streamlined permitting process for small farmers’ markets.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Community Supported Agriculture is becoming a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. CSA works when a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the general public – typically a share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share in advance of the growing season and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. Farmers get to spend time marketing the food early in the year before the busy growing season begins and they receive payment up front, which helps with the farm’s cash flow. Consumers receive food that is at the peak of nutrition and freshness and have opportunities to try new vegetables and new ways of cooking. CSA provides the consumer with the opportunity to develop relationships with local farmers and learn more about where food comes from and how it is grown.
Food cooperatives are worker or customer-owned businesses that provide grocery items of the highest quality and best value to their members. Co-ops can take the shape of retail stores or buying clubs. All food co-ops are committed to consumer education, product quality, and member control, and usually support their local communities by selling produce grown locally by family farms. Check out a co-op near you!
Start or join a local food buying club in your neighborhood, or visit the Traditional Foods Minnesota Buying Club and Warehouse.
Other Sources of Fresh, Healthy, Locally Grown Food
Minnesota Grown is a comprehensive directory of local foods resources in Minnesota.
Your neighborhood grocery store can also be a good place to find fresh produce. If you’re unsure whether or not the fruits and vegetables displayed are locally grown or in season, ask the produce manager. By letting the store know that you are interested in purchasing locally grown food, you can help create demand for these food items. When shopping at the store, choose fruits and vegetables with minimal packaging in order to cut down on waste that will eventually end up in a landfill. Also try to choose local, organic, and humanely raised meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Minnesota Seasonal Produce Guide
Spring (April – early June)
Fruits: Strawberries, Rhubarb
Vegetables: Arugula, Asparagus, Beet greens, Chard (baby), Dandelion greens, Green onions, Lettuce, Mushrooms (wild), Mustard greens (baby), Peas, Radishes, Romaine, Scallions, Sorrel greens, Spinach, Sprouts
Summer (June – August)
Fruits: Blueberries, Chokecherries, Currants, Gooseberries, Juneberries, Melons, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Sour (pie) cherries, Strawberries, Sweet cherries
Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collard greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Endive greens, Fennel, Green beans, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes (baby), Radicchio greens, Spinach, Summer squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini
Fall (September – October)
Fruits: Apples, Crabapples, Elderberries, Melons (all types), Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Wild grapes
Vegetables: Arugula greens, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac root, Chard, Collard greens, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Romaine lettuce, Rutabaga turnip, Shallots, Turnips, Watercress, Winter squash (butternut, delicate, acorn, pie pumpkins)
Vegetables: Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Shallots, Turnips, Winter squash
Last updated Jan. 10, 2012