Midtown Farmers Market—Fresh Local Flavor For All.
Enjoy freshly prepared food while you fill your bag with produce, meats and cheeses from local farms, browse the wares of local artists, and enjoy the entertainment. Join us every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the season at the most accessible market in the Twin Cities. Whether you’re coming by car, bus, bike, or train, we’d love to see you at the market!
The 2014 market season proved to be a very successful one, with the market breaking ground and setting records in a number of areas. New and longstanding vendors offered a wide variety of products to customers once again, from fresh fruits and veggies to tacos and omelets and kimchi and sauerkraut to jewelry and handmade soaps. Over 70 volunteers and entertainers put in a total of nearly 750 hours to make the market a vibrant and exciting place to visit and the market hosted 55 community organizations and non-profits throughout the season. Midtown also held a number of new themed market days for 2014, including Youth Leadership Day, African American Heritage Day and a Festival del Maíz.
Attendance for the 2014 season reached a record high, at 62,216 customers, compared to 50,970 in 2013 and 55,025 in 2012.
The market also saw record highs in token sales for both credit card and SNAP/EBT tokens with $55,970 and $20,142 tokens being distributed to customers, respectively.
During the season Midtown was extremely successful with its Compost and Recycling Program, in which we were able to compost an estimated 6,196 pounds of waste, recycle another 751 pounds and only produced 462 pounds of trash that could not be composted or recycled. That equates to an estimated diversion rate of 94% of waste that was produced as a result of market activities that was not sent to a landfill! We would like to thank our vendors for making the changes to necessary for the program to be a success and our customers for their awareness and support.
Lastly, the market rolled out a new Market Day Donation Program for 2014, #FeedTheCarrot, through which we were able to raise over $700 during the course of three market days with the help of our wonderful Advisory Committee.
If you love and support the Midtown Farmers Market for any or all of the work we’ve done in 2014, please consider making a final holiday donation to the market to help us finish off the year strong. Donations can be mailed to the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization at 3451 Cedar Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55407 and designated them to the Midtown Farmers Market.
Thank you for a wonderful 2014 season and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2015!
The Midtown Market strives to bring sustainable, affordable food to the community. While there's no roof over an outdoor market, the Market still has overhead expenses: as farmers are busy growing the vegetables and fruits, market staff are hard at work on the nuts and bolts of making a market run. Administering the EBT access, providing a stage for local performers, even the signs and maintaining the parking lot where it all happens takes money and staff time.
Vendor fees only cover half of the cost of running the Market. We rely on the community to contribute the rest. Please donate today!
Online contributions are quick, easy and secure. The Midtown Farmers Market is a project of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization — please designate your donation to the Market. The Midtown Farmers Market is a 501(c)3. Learn more about what it means to be a Friend of the Market here.