Harvest Time: Twin Cities Fall Farmers Markets

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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. 

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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