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.
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. 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 Minnesota 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:
Main Location: Downtown St. Paul, 290 East 5th Street, St Paul, MN 55101
Opening Day: Mid April (Winter Market ends April 1st, look for an April 8 or 15th start in 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 (they are back this year) 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: Early May (Winter market ends April 15, 2023, Look for a May 6 or 13 (maybe as early as April 29th) Spring/Summer opening in 2023)
Hours: Sat, 8am-1pm thru Oct.
Family Fun: On the last Saturday of each months, Kids can participate in POP, sample the vegetable of the month and earn a $2 token. Local children’s authors will also host story times on the last Saturday of each month. 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 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.
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 food makers 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! POP is also available on Tuesdays for kids up to 12 years. We’ll update 2022 when/if it is announced.
Bonus: Minneapolis Farmers’ Market Downtown
In addition to the Mill City Market, The Nicollet Mall Market is held Thursdays on Nicollet Mall. Check out all our favorite things to do downtown on Thursdays here.
Interactive Map of Markets in Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis has shared this interactive map of all Minneapolis Markets. The place markers are links to time & date details. Other favorite locations include Kingfield Farmers Market and Nokomis Farmers’ Market.
NEW Location: 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406 or 2225 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (where the light rail meets Lake Street)
Opening Day: Early May (Look for a May 6th or 13th opener)
Hours: Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Beginning in June: Tuesdays, 3-7pm.
Family Fun: Live music, children’s educational activities and storytime, advice and demonstrations for cooking, gardening and composting. Opening day is Food Truck Fest. Picture Books on Parade every weekend.
Make a Day: Bike there. You can take the Midtown Greenway bike route – one of our favorite Minneapolis bike trails.
Location: Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Opening Day: Mid-May
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 (pre-register 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: Mid-May
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: 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: art programs every 2nd Saturday, puppet story program every 3rd Saturday, 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: 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (plus 2 other locations and times)
Opening Day: Mid-May
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.
Location: Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds, 1507 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Opening Day: Early June
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: Early June
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
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.
25 More Twin Cities Farmers Markets
Bruentrup Heritage Farm, 2170 County Road D East, Maplewood MN 55109
Sundays, 9am-1pm Early June to Mid-October. Family fun: Check Maplewood Historical Society’s calendar for coinciding special events, including monthly exhibit open houses, Johnny Appleseed Day and Dairy Day.
Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431
Saturdays, 8am-1pm Mid-June to Mid-October. 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.
Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55443
Wednesdays, 2-6:15pm, Early July to Mid-October. Family fun: Bring your kids’ fishing poles and tryout the Sunfish Pond – a fishing pond for kids.
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.
Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316
Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, mid-July through October.
7700 Market Blvd. City Center Park, Chanhassen MN
Saturdays, 9am-1pm, early 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.
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.
14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
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.
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.
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.
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
New in 2022: 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.
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