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 Twin Cities family-friendly spring Farmers Markets as opposed to dragging them to the local supermarket?
Here are 10+ fresh picks we chose based on their appeal to the whole family. Each is listed by their opening date:
Late April: St. Paul Farmers Market, see link for locations & hours across the Metro | Downtown location hours are Sat from 6am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm | Family fun: Be spontaneous! Pick any day of the week, except Monday, and find a market location to visit.
Early May: Mill City Farmers Market, 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 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 farm and Guthrie storytelling. While you are there, take a walk along the river and enjoy the Stone Arch Bridge.
Mill City Farmers Market will be at The Commons on Tuesday evenings from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. between June-September. Family fun: 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.
5/4/19: Midtown Farmers Market, Lake St E & 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis | 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!
Mid-May: Northeast Farmers Market, 629 NE 2nd St NE, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 9am-1pm 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.
5/18/19: Richfield Farmers Market, Veterans Park, Richfield | Saturdays, 7am-noon. Family fun: 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. Plus there’s the proximity to Malt-T-Melt’s grilled cheese sandwiches and 18 holes of mini golf.
Early June: Fulton Farmers Market, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis (plus 2 other locations and times) | 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?
Early June: Frogtown Park & Farm, 946 Minnehaha Ave W., St Paul | 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.
6/6/19: Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds | 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.
June: Maple Grove Farmers Market, Maple Grove Community Center | Thursdays, 3-7pm through September (reduced hours in October). Family fun: Weekly live music, Kids P.O.P. Club and seasonal activities round out the fresh local offerings.
6/8/19: Bloomington Farmers Market, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru 10/19/19. 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.
6/13/19: Centennial Lakes Farmers Market, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina | Thursdays, 3-7pm thru Sept 26, 2019. Family fun: 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.
More Twin Cities Farmers Markets
- Click Here to find an Interactive Map of Minneapolis Farmers Markets!
- Vadnais Heights Farmers Market | Wednesdays, June -October.
- Plymouth Farmers Market | Wednesdays | 2:30-6:30 pm, Late June to early October.
- Minnetonka Farmers Market | Tuesdays | 3-7pm, June-September.
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