April’s arrival means it’s time to start dreaming about farmers market season! 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? Bonus that most of these markets offer entertainment, kids activities and food trucks. Most are also located near other fun attractions, so you can make a day of your marketing. Find a nearby farmers market in Minneapolis, Saint Paul or the surrounding metro area.
If you want to get started early, check the links. Many of these markets are open year round with monthly indoor winter markets.
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The Power of Produce Club for Kids ("POP")
Many of the markets listed below participate in the Power of Produce Club (POP). This program started in Oregon City in 2011 and quickly spread to Farmers Markets around the country. Kids who sign up for the program receive a starter pack (usually things like a passport book, shopping bag, buttons, etc.) They then receive a weekly voucher to buy produce at the market (Minneapolis is monthly). Most of the participating markets give a $2.00 voucher with each visit. Each market sets its own age guidelines for participation. Learn more about POP here and look for it at your favorite market.
Our Top 10 Twin Cities Farmers Markets for Families
Here are 10+ fresh picks we chose based on their appeal to the whole family. Besides locally-grown produce these markets carry artisan cheeses, honey, jellies & jams, pickles and spices. You’ll also find baked goods like pastries, cookies and pies and meat like farm raised pork, poultry and beef. You will even find handmade products like jewelry, body care products and artwork.
Each market is listed by their outdoor opening date:
Location: Downtown St. Paul, 290 East 5th Street, St Paul, MN 55101
Opening Day: April 29-30, 2023
Hours: Sat, 7am-1pm & Sun, 8am-1pm.
Family Fun: Fun kids activities throughout the year. Opening day features kids crafts and FREE yoga.
Make a Day: Shoppers can combine a trip with a Sunday Saints home game or walk down to the Mississippi and watch trains outside of Union Depot.
More Locations/Hours: Saint Paul Farmers Market manages more locations & hours across the Metro – including Apple Valley, Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Maplewood, Rosemount, Roseville, Savage, Vadnais Heights, Woodbury and more. Be spontaneous! Pick any day of the week, except Monday, and find a market location to visit.
Main Location: 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Opening Day: May 6, 2023
Hours: Sat, 8am-1pm thru Oct.
Family Fun: On the second and fourth Saturdays of each months, Kids can participate in POP, sample the vegetable of the month and earn a $2 token. Storytime with the Guthrie will be on the second Saturday of the month this year. There will be live chef demos with seasonal recipes on weeks that POP is not offered.
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 St Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Center. Open during the summer months, tours and admission to the indoor exhibits are free. You’ll want to check the website for the most updated operating hours.
Location: Market Square Park, 2225 Lake Street E., Minneapolis, MN 55407 (where the light rail meets Lake Street)
Opening Day: May 6, 2023
Hours: Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Beginningin June: Tuesdays, 3-7pm.
Family Fun: Live music, children’s educational activities and storytime, advice and demonstrations for cooking, gardening and composting. In 2022, Picture Books offered a new book on Parade every weekend. We are hoping to see that again in 2023.
Make a Day: Bike there. You can take the Midtown Greenway bike route – one of our favorite Minneapolis bike trails.
Location: Veterans Park, 64th Street & Portland Ave S, Richfield 55423
Opening Day: May 6, 2023. Runs through October 28, 2023.
Hours: Saturdays, 7am-noon through August; 8am-12pm Sept-mid-October.
Family Fun: Join POP, where kids ages 4-12 and teens 13-17 receive a voucher 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, including art programs, story times, live music and more.
Make a Day: The Richfield Farmers Market is held in the same park as the Wheel Fun Rentals 18-hole mini golf course and malt shop. Kids will have a ball, plus there’s a large playground at Veterans Park.
Location: Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Opening Day: May 11, 2023
Hours: Thursdays, 3-7pm through mid-October.
Family Fun: Rock the Market offers weekly live music by local musicians, POP starts in June for kids ages 4 to 12 (learn more here), and seasonal activities round out the fresh local offerings at various booths.
Make a Day: The Maple Grove Community Center, Maple Grove Library and Town Green Park all interconnect through easy walking paths. Maple Maze Indoor Playground is open until 8pm on Thursdays. Or visit all our favorite Maple Grove Parks.
Location: 629 NE 2nd St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Opening Day: May 13, 2023
Hours: Saturdays, 9am-1pm through Mid-October
Family Fun: A children’s tent is typically 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 food from local growers and handcrafted items. POP club for kids.
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.
Location: 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Opening Day: May 20, 2023
Hours: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Family Fun: Local businesses traditionally 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.
Location: Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds, 1507 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Opening Day: June 7, 2023
Hours: Wednesdays, 4-8pm thru September.
Family Fun: Join the Kids POP Club for weekly activities with kids ages 4-12 and their adult. Enjoy weekly concerts; get the full lineup of entertainment here.
Make a Day: Central Park is home to a full day of fun – visit Core Valley Fitness Playground, run through the splash pad or visit The Blast Indoor Playground, located within the Eagan Community Center.
Location: Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435
Opening Day: June 8, 2023
Hours: Thursdays, 3-7pm thru Sept 29th
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. Arrive a little early to attend Children’s Concerts at 11am. Thursday evenings also play host to a radio-controlled miniature boat club and Movies in the Park begin at sunset.
Location: Frogtown Farm Park, 946 Minnehaha Ave W., St Paul, MN 55104
Opening Day: 2023 TBA
Hours: Saturdays 9am-1pm
Family Fun: Volunteer on the farm on Saturday mornings. 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.
28 More Twin Cities Farmers Markets
Bruentrup Heritage Farm, 2170 County Road D East, Maplewood MN 55109
Sundays, 9am-1pm June 4, 2023 through September. Family fun: Participates in POP, museum exhibits and free kids crafts and lawn games. Check Maplewood Historical Society’s calendar for coinciding special events.
Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431
Saturdays, 8am-1pm; June 10 – October 14, 2023. Family fun: Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the POP Club. Need some indoor time? Visit the Bloomington Center for the Arts galleries for a short art break.
St. John’s United Church, 12984 County Rd 51, Norwood Young America, MN 55368
Participates in POP. “On average, a family with 3 children in the program save approximately $100 on fruits and vegetables throughout the summer.” Wednesdays, 3-6pm, Early June to Late September.
New Location: North Hennepin Community College, Parking Lot off of West Broadway, 7411 85th Ave N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Wednesdays, 2-6pm, July 12-October 11, 2023.
100 1st Ave NE, Buffalo, MN 55313
Saturdays, 8am-12pm, early May through October. Participates in POP.
Carver Station, 607 Hartwell Drive, Carver, MN 55318
Tuesdays, 3pm-6pm, Mid-July through September.
New Location: Mississippi Crossing, Champlin, 307 East River Parkway, Champlin, MN 55316
New Day: Tuesdays, 2-6pm, July 11-October 10, 2023.
7700 Market Blvd. City Center Park, Chanhassen MN
Saturdays, 9am-1pm, earlt June through October.
5530 Douglas Dr N, Crystal, MN 55429
Tuesdays, 3-7pm, mid-June through October. Participates in POP! Weekly performers, food trucks, community information and local authors. Hip Hop Dance Fitness in the park at 6:15pm, June through mid-August. Located at the newly renovated Becker Park, combine it with a playground visit.
8045 County Line Rd SE, Delano, MN 55328
Wednesdays, 2pm-6pm; early May through October.
City Square Park, 300 N Chestnut Street, Chaska, MN 55318
Wednesdays, 3pm-6pm; Mid June through early September.
Park Plaza Parking lot, 716 Main Street, Elk River, MN 55330
Thursdays, 3pm-7pm; June 15 – October 5, 2023. PoP for kids ages 3-12 begins mid-July.
Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer, MN 55074
First Sundays, May-October, 10am-2pm. Shop local produce and handmade crafts. Explore the park and maybe catch a concert.
7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Note: This is about a mile away from the Brookview Community Center where winter markets are held. Sundays, 9am-1pm, Mid-June through Mid-October.
Downtown Park, 16 9th Avenue S., Hopkins, MN 55343
Saturdays, 7:30am-Noon, Mid-June through October. Combine this visit with a walking tour of Hopkins ArtStreet.
Lake Elmo Elementary School 11030 Stillwater Blvd N Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Saturdays, 9am-1pm, Mid-June through September (Labor Day weekend). Family Fun: Stop by the Youth Entrepreneurs Booth to support fundraisers, youth farmers, and kidpreneuers.
312 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Open Saturdays 6am-Noon, May through October. Family Fun: There is a picnic area with tables located near the women’s restrooms.
Ridgedale Commons, 12590 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Tuesdays, 3-7pm, early June through September. Family Fun: Live music, community booths and free kids activities each week. Music in the Park concerts from 6:30pm-8pm. Kids between the ages of 4 and 17 can sign up for POP to receive a $2 voucher each week.
5515 Shoreline Drive, Mound, MN 55364
Saturdays, 8am-12:30pm, Late May through October. Family Fun: Bring your bikes to ride the Dakota Rail Trail.
New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th Street NW New Brighton, MN 55112
Wednesdays, 3-7pm, early June through October. Family Fun: Pair this shopping trip with a visit to The Eagle’s Nest Indoor Playground.
15500 County Rd 6, Plymouth, MN 55447
Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30 pm, mid June through early October. Family Fun: Musical performances, children’s activities and theme nights are held throughout the season.
16228 Main Ave SE, Prior Lake MN 55372
Saturdays 1am-Noon, early May through October. Family Fun: Children’s events, yoga, food trucks, live music, organic coffee.
Lakeview Terrace Park, 3769 Crystal Lake Blvd, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Saturdays, 9am to Noon. Begins mid-June. Family Fun: This park has a playground and a large picnic area. Make it a play date and picnic.
4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview MN 55126
Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm, early June through mid-October. Family Fun: Visit the Shoreview Community Center‘s Indoor Playground or Waterpark or Play outdoors at Shoreview Commons Park.
1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Wednesdays, 2pm-6pm, begins late June.
3rd & Pine Street, Stillwater Minnesota 55082
Saturdays, 7:30am-Noon. Runs June to October. Family Fun: Cross the street to visit the Historic Courthouse and go on a scavenger hunt, play dress up, create a comic strip and visit the children’s corner.
ENKI Brewing, 1495 Stieger Lake Lane, Victoria, MN 55386
Thursdays, 3pm-6pm. early July through late September.
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.
Minneapolis Park Markets
This year, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is launching “Park Markets” in some favorite Minneapolis Parks each week from the first week of June through the last week of August.
The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55488
This market will feature local black entrepreneurs from 11am to 3pm.
Market Square Park, 2225 Lake Street E., Minneapolis, MN 55407
This newest Minneapolis park has a small play structure and also hosts the Midtown Farmers Market. Wednesdays 3-7pm.
Minnehaha Park, 4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
This market overlooks Minnehaha Falls and runs from 4-8pm.