How much more fun does it sound to bring your kids along to one of these Twin Cities family-friendly spring Farmers Markets as opposed to dragging them to the local supermarket? Here are 10 fresh picks we chose based on their appeal to the whole family. Each is listed by their opening date:
4/30: St. Paul Farmers Market, see link for locations & hours across the Metro • Downtown location hours are Sat from 6am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm • Family fun: Give Mom some warm fuzzies with a free flowerpot painting and planting activity from 9am-noon in downtown STP.
5/7: Mill City Farmers Market, 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis • Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru Oct. 2016 • Family fun: Bring Mom down on Opening Day for fresh spring produce, flowers, samples, live music from the Roe Family Singers, storytime with the Guthrie, and a planting activity.
5/7: Midtown Farmers Market, Lake St E & 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis • Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Tuesdays, 3-7pm • Family fun: Food trucks will be out in force on Opening Day plus outdoor games and other entertainment. Live music and children’s storytime and weekly themed activities are also offered in addition to a spread of local fare.
5/21: Northeast Farmers Market, 629 NE 2nd St NE, Minneapolis • Saturdays, 9am-1pm • Family fun: A children’s tent is stocked weekly 9am-1pm with educational market activities such as seed planting, food-themed art projects, storytime and more. Live music also accompanies the bountiful local food and handcrafted items.
5/21: Richfield Farmers Market, Veterans Park, Richfield • Saturdays, 7am-noon thru 11 • Family fun: Plenty for families to enjoy at the market in addition to perusing the produce: art programs every 2nd Saturday, puppet story program every 3rd Saturday, live music and more. Plus there’s the proximity to Malt-T-Melt‘s grilled cheese sandwiches and 18 holes of mini golf.
5/22: Fulton Farmers Market, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis • Saturdays 8:30am-1pm • Family fun: Local businesses take turns sponsoring children’s crafts each week — last year kids painted, made sand art, and designed and pressed their own buttons. Past entertainment has included storytime and magic shows. Plus, what kid can resist samples?
6/1: Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds • Wednesdays, 4-8pm thru 8/31/16 • Family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families (Kidsdance DJs, free inflatables, lawn games and craft projects galore.). Get the full lineup of entertainment here.
6/9: Maple Grove Farmers Market, Maple Grove Community Center • Thursdays, 3-7pm thru 10/20/16 • Family fun: Weekly live music, Kids POP Club and seasonal activities round out the fresh local offerings.
6/11: Bloomington Farmers Market, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd • Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru 10/15/16 • Family fun: Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the POP Club.
6/16: Centennial Lakes Farmers Market @ Centennial Lakes Park, Edina • Thursdays, 3-7pm thru 9/29/16 • Family fun: There are 10 acres of kid-friendly space to explore within Centennial Lakes Park. Kids ages 8+ might enjoy the obstacles on the 18-hole putting course, younger kids may get a kick out of renting a paddleboat or seeking out the labyrinth. Thursday evenings also play host to a radio-controlled miniature boat club and Movies in the Park begin at sunset.
More Twin Cities Farmers Markets
- Click Here to find an Interactive Map of Minneapolis Farmers Markets!
- Vadnais Heights Farmers Market – Wednesdays June 22 – September 28, 2016.
- Plymouth Farmers Market • Wednesdays June 22 -October 5, 2016 • 2:30-6:30 p.m. • Parkers Lake Playfield parking lot,