Farmers Markets of Minneapolis
Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Collaborative
Farmers markets promote healthy local economies, communities and ecosystems throughout the year and around the City.
There are nearly 30 farmers markets and mini-markets operating in Minneapolis. The Farmers Markets of Minneapolis collaborative officially formed in early 2017. Current activities include collaborative metrics collection, marketing, technical assistance and other collaborative opportunities to build a more connected, accessible and effective market system, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and other market champions. The collaborative welcomes and encourages all markets to participate.
A planning team is coordinating the collaborative efforts, comprised of five market managers, the Homegrown Minneapolis/Local Food Policy Coordinator Tamara Downs Schwei, and University of Minnesota Applied Economics faculty Hikaru Peterson and researcher Joe Nowak. Market Managers in the leadership team include: Martha Archer (Mill City Farmers Market), Elizabeth Day (Four Sisters Farmers Market), Emily Lund (Neighborhood Roots Markets -- Fulton, Kingfield & Nokomis), Jenna Yeakle (Midtown Farmers Market), Pat Nelson (Minneapolis Lyndale and Government Center Plaza Markets) and DeVon Nolen (West Broadway Farmers Market). Additional partners current include Kristen Klingler (Minneapolis Health Department), Nicolina Moua (Minneapolis Food Policy Aide), Mai Yang (Minneapolis Health Department), Kathy Zeman (MFMA), Helene Murray (MISA), Beth Dooley, David Nicholson and many others.
Curious to know more? Check out the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Collaborative Strategic Plan, and the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis 'By The Numbers'.
The Market Bucks incentive matches up to ten dollars worth of coupons per day to customers who use SNAP benefits to purchase eligible foods at participating farmers markets. Participating markets are noted on our Farmers Markets of Minneapolis map and downloadable list. For more information on how you or a farmers market near you can get involved, please contact Hunger Solutions.
Resources for starting and maintaining a farmers market or mini market in Minneapolis
Vendors - Find permit information on the Health Department Farmers Market Webpage
Opening or operating a farmers' market in Minneapolis requires approval and licensing. There are different types of farmers market licenses/permits depending on the type of market the applicant wants to operate. Public Market is a defined place regulated by the city for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products. The three (3) categories of recognized and licensed public markets include:
- Farmers Markets
- Mini Markets
- Produce and Craft Markets
For a directory of all Minnesota farms, markets and garden centers visit the Minnesota Grown Directory.
Last updated Oct 23, 2019