Our Market

More than 80 vendors sell their wares at the Midtown Farmers Market each year. They include:

  • Local growers and food producers from Minnesota and Wisconsin who bring bedding plants, asparagus, melons, maple smoked bacon, apples, artisan breads and much more over the course of the growing season.
  • Local artists selling handmade soaps, aprons, jewelry, hula hoops, hats, coffee tables and more.
  • Prepared food vendors who provide tasty fare for market-goers that includes arepas, omelets, breakfast baked goods, fair-trade coffee, tacos, grass-fed beef burgers and homemade ice cream.

Throughout the season, market-day events and activities include:

  • Live music
  • Children’s educational activities and storytime
  • Expert advice from Master Gardeners
  • Cooking and composting demonstrations
  • Community information tables

Themed market days feature unique market offerings ranging from special entertainment to raffles and giveaways. Join us for events such as:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Youth Leadership Day
  • African American Heritage Celebration
  • Bike Day
  • Fiesta de Maiz
  • Scandinavian Day
  • Native American Celebration Day

Keep up with what’s happening at the Midtown Farmers Market on our calendar and check out our flickr page for recent photos from the market.

Mission, Vision, and Values

The mission of the Midtown Farmers Market is to create a vibrant forum in South Minneapolis that connects community residents and nearby rural food producers in a mutually beneficial economic and cultural exchange.

We envision a community-based food system that assures equitable access to healthy, locally produced food, supports reinvestment in the community, and provides for the long-term viability of our foodshed.

We place value on community, equitable access, local, small scale, cooperation and collaboration.

History

The Midtown Farmers Market was founded by the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization in 2003 with the help of many community partners and volunteers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Today’s open-air farmers market is the result of their vision to create a public marketplace at the transportation hub created by the Hiawatha light rail station at Lake Street/Midtown.

Each year over 55,000 people visit the market. In 2006, it was the first Minnesota farmers market to accept SNAP-EBT.