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?
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. 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 | 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
Mill City Farmers Market will be 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, 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.
Mid-May: 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.
Make a day of it: Proximity to Malt-Tees and 18 holes of mini golf.
Mid-May: 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.
Early June: 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.
6/13/20: 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.
Mid-June: Centennial Lakes Farmers Market, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina | Thursdays, 3-7pm thru Sept 26, 2019.
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.
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, Mid-June-Late September.
- Brooklyn Park Farmers Market | Wednesdays | 2-6pm, Mid July – Early October.
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