It’s time to start thinking Spring Farmers Markets! How much more fun does it sound to bring your kids along to one of these family-friendly Twin Cities Farmers Markets as opposed to dragging them to the local supermarket?
Note that we did not republish this article in 2020 because most markets were discouraging family visits and cancelling events and activities. We are anxiously awaiting 2021 details and hoping things will be closer to normal, but will update closer to opening dates as information comes in.
Top 10 Twin Cities Farmers Markets for Families
Here are 10+ fresh picks we chose based on their appeal to the whole family. Each is listed by their opening date:
April 24-25, 2021: St. Paul Farmers Market
Main Location: Downtown St. Paul, 290 East 5th Street
Hours: Sat, 7am-1pm & Sun, 8am-1pm.
Family Fun: New in 2021, join the free Farmers’ Market Bingo Cookbook Club. This is a fun way for kids to learn more about healthy foods and the farmers who grow and produce them.
Make a Day: Combine a trip with a Sunday Saints home game (they are back this year) or walk down to the Mississippi and watch trains outside of Union Depot.
More Locations/Hours: Find more locations & hours across the Metro. Be spontaneous! Pick any day of the week, except Monday, and find a market location to visit.
Early May: Mill City Farmers Market
Note that 2021 summer information has not yet been announced, but in 2020, the market was discouraging family visits and had suspended programming. We will update when new information is available.
Main Location: 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis
Hours: Sat, 8am-1pm thru Oct.
Family Fun: Kids can join the Power of Produce (P.O.P.) Club. Weekly music, along with rotating family entertainment, such as mini gardening and Guthrie storytelling.
Make a Day: This is our favorite farmers market to hit up in the Minneapolis-St Paul area because of the easy walk to so many family attractions. After you shop, you’re only steps from the super kid-friendly Mill City Museum. Or, if you’d rather stay outdoors, my kids enjoy crossing the Mississippi River at the Stone Arch Bridge and exploring Mill Ruins Park (located below street level). For the best view of St Anthony Falls, try stopping in at the
More Locations/Hours: Mill City Farmers Market has traditionally been offered Downtown at The Commons on Tuesday evenings from 3:30-7:30 p.m. between June-September. Buy farm fresh produce to take home and cook or stay and buy prepared food from vendors while you listen to live music, play lawn games and have a picnic supper in The Commons. Bring a swimsuit on summer evenings for the splash pad! The P.O.P club is also available on Tuesdays for kids up to 12 years.
Early May: Midtown Farmers Market
Note that 2021 summer information has not yet been announced. The market was located in the parking lot of Moon Palace Books last year during construction of the permanent location. We will verify the location prior to opening.
Location: Lake St E & 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis
Hours: Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Tuesdays, 3-7pm (beginning in June).
Family Fun: Live music, children’s educational activities and storytime, advice and demonstrations for cooking, gardening and composting. Opening day is Food Truck Fest.
Make a Day: Bike there. You can take the Midtown Greenway bike route – one of our favorite Minneapolis bike trails.
May 15, 2021: Maple Grove Farmers Market
Location: Maple Grove Community Center
Hours: Thursdays, 3-7pm through October 21st.
Family Fun: Weekly live music, Kids P.O.P. Club and seasonal activities round out the fresh local offerings. Entertainment and activities will not be offered in 2021.
Make a Day: The Maple Grove Community Center, Maple Grove Library and Town Green Park all interconnect through paths. With some pre-planning, you could even book a play time at the Maple Maze Indoor Playground (reservations are currently required). Or visit all our favorite Maple Grove Parks.
May 15, 2021: Northeast Farmers Market
Location: 629 NE 2nd St NE, Minneapolis
Hours: Saturdays, 9am-1pm through October 16th
Family Fun: A children’s tent is historically 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. As of March 1, 2021, Kids activities and the Power of Produce (P.O.P.) Club have been suspended. Maybe they’ll be brought back later in the season.
Make a Day: Visit Dickman Park (across the street from the market), drive a little further to Boom Island Park, or go on a family bowling date at Elsie’s.
May 15, 2021: Richfield Farmers Market
Location: Veterans Park, Richfield
Hours: Saturdays, 7am-noon through August; 8am-12pm Sept-Oct 16th.
Family Fun: Join the Power of Produce (P.O.P.) Club, where kids ages 4-12 receive $2 credit to pick out a fruit or veggie to try each week. There is usually 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.
Make a Day: Proximity to Malt-Tees and 18 holes of mini golf.
Mid-May: Fulton Farmers Market
Note that 2021 summer information has not yet been announced.
Location: 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis (plus 2 other locations and times)
Hours: Saturdays 8:30am-1pm.
Family Fun: Local businesses take turns sponsoring children’s crafts each week — in past years 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?
Make a Day: Cross the street to play at Pershing Field Park or drive to nearby Lake Harriet for a day on the lake.
Early June: Frogtown Park & Farm
Note that 2021 summer information has not yet been announced. Due to Covid-19, the farm took 2020 off from planting and scaled back all programming. We hope to see 2021 events, but will update when we have more information.
Location: Frogtown Farm Park, 946 Minnehaha Ave W., St Paul
Hours: Saturdays 10am-1pm
Family Fun: Outdoor kitchens host cooking demos and there are other activities that appeal to kids, including tokens to spend at vendors. A playground incorporating natural materials and lots of green space is onsite for wiggly ones.
June 2, 2021: Eagan Market Fest
Location: Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds
Hours: Wednesdays, 4-8pm thru September.
Family Fun: Join the Kids P.O.P Club for weekly activities. Enjoy weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families. Get the full lineup of entertainment. In 2021, the market is still encouraging visitors to keep their visit short. Concerts and activities will likely be out.
Make a Day: Central Park is home to a full day of fun – visit Core Valley Fitness Playground, run through the splash pad or maybe even book a visit to The Blast.
June 10, 2021: Centennial Lakes Farmers Market,
Location: Centennial Lakes Park, Edina
Hours: Thursdays, 3-7pm thru Sept 30th
Make a Day: 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.
6 More Twin Cities Farmers Markets
- Vadnais Heights Farmers Market | Wednesdays, June -October.
- Plymouth Farmers Market | Wednesdays | 2:30-6:30 pm, Late June to early October. – Musical performances, children’s activities and theme nights are held throughout the season
- Minnetonka Farmers Market | Tuesdays | 3-7pm, June 9th-September 29th, 2020.
- Brooklyn Park Farmers Market | Wednesdays | 2-6pm, June 24th-October 7th, 2020.
- Crystal Farmers Market | Tuesdays | 3-7pm, June 15th-September 28th, 2021 — Located at the newly renovated Becker Park, combine it with a playground visit.
- Bloomington Farmers Market, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru 10/24/20. Family fun: Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the P.O.P. Club. Need an indoor break? visit the Bloomington Center for the Arts galleries for a short art break.
We would love to hear from you. What are your favorite Twin Cities Farmers Markets? Leave us a comment and we’ll share with our community.