We think a trip to the fall farmers market trumps a traditional grocery run any day of the week. There is nothing more inspiring than the stacks of brightly-colored autumn produce just waiting to be turned into cozy family dinners. Here are 8 markets in the Twin Cities we think go above and beyond by offering not only a fresh selection of food, but an atmosphere that will appeal to the youngest shoppers:
Bloomington Farmers Market | 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru 10/21/17 | Family fun: Take in live music. Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the Power of Produce (POP) Club. You can encourage them to choose a new vegetable to try and then look up a simple recipe they can help prepare.
Fulton Farmers Market | 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis (plus 2 other locations and times) | Saturdays 8:30am-1pm thru 10/28/17 | Family fun: Enjoy live music every weekend and occasional family activities. Make a birdfeeder Oct 15 from 10am-1pm.
Maple Grove Farmers Market | Maple Grove Community Center | Thursdays, 3-6pm thru 10/19/17 | Family fun: Weekly live music, Kids POP Club and seasonal activities round out the fresh local offerings.
Midtown Farmers Market | Lake St E & 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Tuesdays, 3-7pm thru Oct 2017 | Family fun: Live music weekly, fall Second Saturday Arts for All, and demonstrations for cooking, gardening and composting. Year round, visit Midtown Global Market. It has the feel of a old-fashioned street market indoors.
Mill City Farmers Market | 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru Oct 2017 | Family fun: Fresh fall produce, flowers, samples, live music, storytime with the Guthrie each first Saturday of the month, and occasional activities for kids, including the POP Club.
Northeast Farmers Market | 629 NE 2nd St NE, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 9am-1pm thru 10/21/17 | 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.
Richfield Farmers Market | Veterans Park, Richfield | Saturdays, 8am-noon thru 10/21/17 | Family fun: Plenty for families to enjoy at the market in addition to perusing the produce: visit Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patch for fall fun.
St Paul Farmers Market | Downtown STP location hours are Sat from 6am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm. See link for locations & hours across the Metro | Family fun: Be spontaneous! Pick any day of the week, except Monday, and find a market location to visit.
More Twin Cities Farmers Markets
- Click Here to find an Interactive Map of Minneapolis Farmers Markets!