We think a trip to a fall farmers market trumps a traditional grocery run any day of the week. There is nothing more inspiring than the stacks of brightly-colored autumn produce just waiting to be turned into cozy family dinners. Here are 8 markets in the Twin Cities we think go above and beyond by offering not only a fresh selection of food, but an atmosphere that will appeal to the youngest shoppers:
Twin Cities Fall Farmers Markets
Bloomington Farmers Market | 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru 10/20/18 Family fun: Take in live music. Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the Power of Produce (POP) Club. You can encourage them to choose a new vegetable to try and then look up a simple recipe they can help prepare. An indoor market is held on Nov 8 & Dec 10 from 9am-noon.
Make a day: Less than two miles from the market are the Works Museum – filled with hands-on engineering exhibits for kids and the Normandale Japanese Garden, which is free to visit and hosts a Japanese Garden Festival in mid-September.
Fulton Farmers Market | 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis (plus 2 other locations and times) Saturdays 8:30am-1pm thru 10/27/18
Family fun: Enjoy live music every weekend and occasional family activities.
Make a day: Less than 10 minutes from the market lies the charming Linden Hills neighborhood, home to the critter-filled Wild Rumpus Books and wonderful drop-in crafting for kids at Heartfelt.
Maple Grove Farmers Market | Maple Grove Community Center | Thursdays, 3-6pm thru 10/25/18 Family fun: Weekly music, Kids POP Club and seasonal activities round out the fresh local offerings.
Make a day: The community center is a stone’s throw from the awesome Central Park of Maple Grove playground, green space and splash fountains.
Midtown Farmers Market | Lake St E & 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Tuesdays, 3-7pm thru Oct 2018
Family fun: Live music weekly, fall Second Saturday Arts for All, and demonstrations for cooking, gardening and composting. Year round, visit Midtown Global Market. It has the feel of a old-fashioned street market indoors.
Make a day: After you shop, lovely Powerhorn Park is only about a five-minute drive. Families have the choice of three updated playgrounds to burn off energy (tip: if you visit after the summer market, bring swimsuits for the wading pool), and the trail around Powderhorn Lake makes for a nice stroll.
Mill City Farmers Market | 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru Oct 2018
Family fun: Fresh fall produce, flowers, samples, live music, storytime with the Guthrie each first Saturday of the month, and occasional activities for kids, including the POP Club.
Make a day: Round of the day downtown visiting the super kid-friendly Mill City Museum, crossing the Mississippi on the Stone Arch Bridge, and taking a tour of the St Anthony Falls Lock and Dam – all within easy walking distance of the market.
Northeast Farmers Market | 629 NE 2nd St NE, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 9am-1pm thru 10/20/18 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.
Make a day: Stock up at the market on picnic supplies and walk the easy three blocks to Boom Island Park on the Mississippi. There is playground equipment and a lovely pedestrian bridge that connects to Nicollet Island, a fun and safe way to cross the river.
Richfield Farmers Market | Veterans Park, Richfield | Saturdays, 8am-noon thru 10/20/18
Family fun: Plenty for families to enjoy at the market in addition to perusing the produce.
Make a day: Wheel Fun Rentals’ Pumpkin Patch offers a whole crop of fall fun including hayrides, inflatables, and a round of mini golf at their 18-hole course. Or, take to the park trails and enjoy the fall colors on a surrey bike.
St Paul Farmers Market | Downtown STP location year-round hours are Sat from 6am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm. See link for branch locations & hours across the Metro.
Family fun: Be spontaneous! Pick any day of the week, except Monday, and find a market location to visit.
Make a day: The St Paul Saints are still playing games in early September at CHS Field literally next door to the market stalls if you’ve got baseball fans in the family. Should cooler weather drive you indoors, the wonderful Minnesota Children’s Museum is an easy, five-minute trip away.
More Twin Cities Fall Farmers Markets
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