Local Markets Offer Variety, Fresh Produce
MPLS farmers’ markets attract over two million Minneapolitans
December 6, 2021
The pungent yet sweet aroma of a spice you just can’t put your finger on or the countless specialized food trucks you can’t decide between; farmers’ markets provide a service and experience nothing else can quite replicate. In Minneapolis, there is no shortage of farmers’ markets; the city boasts more than 20 within the metro area and all are visited by more than two million people annually. What’s more, each farmers’ market provides a diverse set of options, so no matter what you desire, there is probably something for you.
You can’t go wrong with the most popular market in Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Farmers’ Market on Lyndale, located on 312 East Lyndale Avenue, which is open all year. Founded in 1876, it is the oldest as well. The main reason for its popularity is the market’s unparalleled variety of prepared food. With 100 vendors who use 170 different stalls, the farmers’ market on Lyndale has more than enough to offer including produce, eggs, and meat. Additionally, it’s easily accessible, with plentiful and free parking.
The Mill City Farmers’ Market, located on 714 South 2nd Street on Saturdays, and 425 Portland Avenue South on Tuesday nights. The market was founded in 2006, and features a plethora of food vendors. What separates the Mill City Farmers’ Market from the others is its proximity to downtown Minneapolis, which means that although parking may be tough, there are many music, sporting and other activities around. The closeness to downtown al- lows for opportunities that no other market can replicate. The market also offers free cooking classes from professional chefs. In the winter, it is open on select Saturdays.
In addition to these markets, there are many more that are open either exclusively in the sum- mer or year-round with indoor winter options. For example, If you are interested in more of a family- oriented market, Kingfield Farmers’ Market or Fulton Farmers’ Market would be the best option.
The Midtown Global Market is an exclusively indoor non-traditional market that offers a market atmosphere. If you are interested in a smaller or more intimate market, the Lin- den Hills Farmers’ Market is open Sunday mornings, and the Nokomis Farmers’ Market is open Wednesday nights.