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Best Farmers’ Markets In The Twin Cities

April 14, 2011 9:17 AM

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What is better than freshly picked produce, cut flowers and a place wear your fanny-pack? That’s right, farmers’ markets have already started to open and many living in the Twin Cities metro are withdrawing some cash to stock-up on the goods of the season.

If you’re one to suffer from buyer’s remorse, you can be rest assured. Many of the following markets are the one-stop-shop for your needs ranging from art, to plantings, to sweet corn. (Besides, the giant steel sculpture you buy for your living room looks great. It’s in the eye of the beholder, right?) Here are some of the best farmers’ markets to get what you pay for, in no particular order.

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Richfield Farmers’ Market

6400 Portland Ave.
Richfield, MN 55423

This market opens May 7 and they are not shy about telling customers most of the produce is grown locally. You’ll also be happy to know the items sold on Saturdays is picked the day before, at the latest.

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St. Paul Farmers’ Market

290 E 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101

Nestled in my favorite part of downtown, this farmers market is great, rain or shine. Its roof provides shelter from the weather elements of the day and the Mears park nearby is a real treat–maybe a spot to relax with your friends, family, or pooch. Also, plenty of parking. Opens April 30.

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Isanti Family Farmers’ Market

17 W Main St.
Isanti, MN 55040

If you live in the city, get on Highway 7 and head straight west. This market opened April 10 and is a great place to bring your kids. Ask about the Bluebird House Building weekend.

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Minneapolis Farmers’ Market Annex

200 E Lyndale Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Website | Directory

I am a huge fan of this location. Just as you see the giant rooster greeting you upon your arrival, the shopping begins with pottery, crafts and sculptures. Clothing and accessories is next and then move on to tasty, fresh produce. The plantings are the big finish and smell great. Opens April 30.

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Mill City Farmers’ Market

704 2nd St. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Views of the river and high-energy is found here. I used to live near by and will never forget the excitement from shoppers. The fruit, vegetables and art are a feast for the eyes. Look for the chocolate and caramel vendor: they’ll give you a free sample. Opens May 7.

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Midtown Farmers’ Market

2225 E Lake St.
(Lake St. E & 27th Ave. S)
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Aside from the fresh produce and one-of-a-kind art, the live music makes this one a real gem. Also, this location is right off the light rail. Opens May 7.

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Maple Grove Farmers’ Market

12951 Weaver Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Fresh produce sold weekly and with its more than 50 vendors, you won’t leave empty handed. The family oriented activities and fun for kids makes this market one not to pass up. Opens June 9.

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Centennial Lakes Farmers’ Market

Centennial Lakes Park
Edina, MN

After shopping around the Centennial Lakes area, stop by this market. The fresh produce will appear to be obvious and the fresh meat and poultry add to the originality of this shopping experience. Opens June 16.

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Goose Lake Artisan Farmers’ Market

6760 213th Ave. NW
Elk River, MN 55330
Website | Directory

Picking up the freshest eats of the week is important, but adding a bottle of wine to the list is also a treat. This location is definitely one to visit if you are a fan of letting your kids check out the farm animals, amping up your diet, and enjoying that tasty sip of vino. Opens May 14.

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Woodbury Farmers’ Market

2175 Radio Dr.
Woodbury 55125

If you are going to be shopping in the popular Valley Creek area, stop by this market. More activities for kids and a fun place to spend the afternoon lies here. Opens June 19.

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And a bonus …Rochester Downtown Farmers’ Market

16th St. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

I stopped by here last summer and loved the food sold from the local vendors. The breakfast is amazing. When traveling south of the Twin Cities, start here when planning a day of spontaneity. Opens May 7.

-Justin Reis is a WCCO intern studying broadcast journalism at the University of Minnesota. His passion for finding the “best” in the Twin Cities is inspired by his role as a group fitness instructor and interests ranging from “anything artistic” to “anything social.” Please leave a comment on what you think of his recommendations.

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  • Nathan

    This is great. Very excited for market season!
    Did notice that the address for Midtown Farmers Market is listed incorrectly. Midtown Farmers Market is located right off the Lake Street/Midtown light rail stop at Lake St E & 22nd Ave S. Please update that listing if possible! Thanks.

  • GoGreen

    Website for Isanti Family Farmers’ Market is not working
    “This Account Has Been Suspended”

  • Joyce

    Check the address for the Isanti Farmer’s Market too…I don’t think it’s right… not in MInnetonka surely?

  • Joyce

    Isanti Farmer’s Market seems to have a presence on FaceBook…..saying they are indeed in Isanti.

    • Maggie

      I also checked – address on their website says address is: 17 Main St. W. in Isanti, Minnesota

  • Maggie

    There is also a Farmers’ Market in Burnsville at Mary, Mother of the Church – 3333 Cliff Road. Begins Thursday, May 5 and runs every Thursday from noon – 5:00 p.m. until October 27.

  • Stefanie

    Does anyone know when the Minneapolis one on Nicollet Mall opens?

  • Jeff

    What about Kingfield?–it’s the best neighborhood market around

  • Richard

    I find it interesting, I don’t see the word “organic” mentioned for any of these markets….
    It’s great if it’s locally grown; but, if it still has pesticides in it, ‘who cares’?

    • Rachele Victoria


      You do know that there are approved pesticides which meet the requirements of the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), and are allowed on organic farms, right?
      paragraph: 11.2.3

      Plus, there are many local farms that have been using organic methods in their farming techniques for years. Not because it’s a hot trend, but because they know it is necessary to keep their family farm operating for generations to come. I would talk to the grower instead of putting so much merit in a government seal.

  • Ralph Spoilsport

    Organic is a hoax. Everything causes cancer. Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air. Eat Organic-Starve to Death.

  • Rachele Cermak

    Justin –

    You missed the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market!
    312 East Lyndale Ave North, Minneapolis 55405

    Opening on April 30!

    It is the largest market with over 170 spaces rotating the 230 Central MN Vegetable Growers Association members throughout the season. And, it has been in its location since 1937!

    Plus, the Nicollet Mall Farmers Market which CMVGA members can sell at downtown. Opening April 28 until November, Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • C Marie

    There are many outstanding farmers markets in Minnesota. I am not sure what the criteria was for those listed, but there is a market in Princeton that has been around for over 26 years. The market sells only locally grown prouduce (50 miles) and is run by the farmers/growers. This market sells everything from mushrooms, meats, eggs, honey, syrups, plants, fruits, vegetables and more. This market is open from May – October on Saturday.

  • jan nordick

    Where is the produce coming from? I live in MN and the temp here will not grow what the pictures display. Green house grown may result in greens, but berries and melons, naa! If those are last falls photos, I consider it false advertizing!

  • sdgrey

    glad they left out a couple of my favorite farmers markets
    Will keep them to myself to keep the population where it is.
    Still able to get good selections / prices

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