SAVE THE DATE: Opening Day Food Truck Fest is May 2nd!

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At last! Spring is here and with it, the beginning of the Midtown Farmers Market season!  On May 2nd, come check out our Opening Day Food Truck Fest at the market to taste some of the first fresh produce of the year, and graze through the delicious offerings of some of the Twin Cities’ best food trucks. Come early to hear music by the Wailing Loons and stay for the Roe Family Singers. 

Location of the Market.

The market is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, at 2225 East Lake Street in Minneapolis. This year, to accommodate construction of Hennepin County’s Family Service Center along with Phase 1 of the L&H Station development, the market will be operating just around the corner from where it has previously been (see image and news release below for additional information about the market and the L&H station development). A Public Plaza to accommodate the Midtown Farmers Market and other public activities will be built during Phase 2.

Speaking of the light rail, did you know you can ride the Blue Line to the market for FREE on the first Saturday of every month? Click on the blue Metro Transit button on our sidebar to your right to download your free pass. Thanks to our partners MetroTransit for this awesome opportunity! 

Click here to learn more about the the L&H Station development.  

Now that you know how easy it is to find us, what do you want to eat first?  

Come to the market hungry because the all these amazing food trucks and ready to eat food vendors will be onsite serving delectable dishes: Kabomelette, The Moral Ominvore, Peep’s Hot Box, Fireroast Cafe, Wild Earth Wood Fired Pizza and more! Stay tuned via Facebook and Twitter as we reveal additional food trucks that will be at the market in the coming weeks!

Save lives, donate blood!

Once you’ve had something delicious to eat, please stop by the Memorial Blood Centers donation bus to donate blood and save lives! Then treat yourself to a happy spring gift or find the perfect gift for the mothers in your life.

Pop-up Parklets! 

The location of the farmers market this season offers new opportunities to engage more fully with our surroundings. This summer, we’ve partnered with the placemaking firm The Musicant Group to transform underused portions of the new space into active places for people to enjoy. Visitors will be treated to outdoor ping pong, sloped seating and a giant skeeball game on the grassy knoll fronting the LRT station. These installations will not only improve the market experience, but help guide the eventual design and programming of the permanent plaza to be built as part of phase 2 of the L+H Station development.

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The Midtown Farmers Market is Hiring!

The Midtown Farmers Market is now hiring for a seasonal, part-time Outreach Coordinator to promote our SNAP/EBT and Market Bucks incentive programs for the 2015 market season. Click here to view the job posting and learn more!


Midtown Farmers Market Hires New Assistant Manager!

The Midtown Farmers Market is please to announce that Heidi Eger has been hired as our new Assistant Manager! Heidi loves food, farmers markets, and playing in the dirt.  She has spent the last three years combining these loves while managing the Student Organic Garden at the University of Minnesota, Morris, running the information booth at the Morris Area Farmers Market, and serving as a Local Foods Minnesota GreenCorps member. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a degree in Environmental Science and is excited to be living in Minneapolis after 4 years in beautiful rural Minnesota. Heidi has shared that she’s “looking forward to getting to know the Midtown Farmers Market community and can’t think of a better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon or Saturday morning!”

When not thinking about local food systems, Heidi enjoys reading, knitting, square dancing, and exploring the great outdoors.  Most recently, she has embraced the challenge of converting her roommate to the cooking life.

2015 Vendor Applications Still Being Accepted

Although the 2015 priority deadline is quickly approaching, we are still accepting vendor applications for the upcoming season. Art vendor applications will also continued to be accepted through April 3. Quality vendors are the heart of the Midtown Farmers Market and we strive to create a balanced and diverse vendor mix each season. We are still looking for prepared and immediately consumable foods vendors, so if you know someone who might be interested, please send them our way! Visit our website,  www.midtownfarmersmarket.org, for more information and to access the 2015 vendor application, or click the following link: 2015 Vendor Application.

Application Schedule and Deadlines: 

March 6: Applications due for all vendors except arts and crafts vendors
March 13: Acceptance notification
March 28: Annual spring vendor meeting
April 3: Application deadline for arts and craft vendors
April 10: Acceptance and first half schedule notification for art and craft vendors
May 2: Opening day, Saturday market
June 2: Opening Day, Tuesday market
August 8: Final payments due, annual vendors
October 27: Closing Day, Tuesday market
October 24: Closing Day, Saturday market

*Applications received after the due date will only be considered if space is still available.

 

 

 


Now Accepting 2015 Vendor Applications!

2015 Vendor Applications Now Available Online! 

Are you interested in vending at the Midtown Farmers Market? Quality vendors are the heart of the Midtown Farmers Market and we strive to create a balanced and diverse vendor mix each season. Applications from Minnesota and Wisconsin farmers, artisans and producers are welcome! 2015 Vendor Applications can be downloaded by clicking the following link: 2015 Midtown Farmers Market Online Vendor Application.

Application Schedule and Deadlines:  March 6: Applications due for all vendors except arts and crafts vendors
March 13:  Acceptance notification
March 28: Annual spring vendor meeting
April 3: Application deadline for arts and craft vendors
April 10: Acceptance and first half schedule notification for art and craft vendors
May 2: Opening day, Saturday market
June 2: Opening Day, Tuesday market
August 8: Final payments due, annual vendors
October 27: Closing Day, Tuesday market
October 24: Closing Day, Saturday market

*Applications received after the due date will only be considered if space is still available.


Thanks Again for a Record Setting Season in 2014!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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! 

 

 


 

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you to all of the market supporters who made donations yesterday for Give to the Max Day 2014! Give to the Max Day is officially over, but it’s not too late to donate if you didn’t have time or where unable to get online yesterday.

Although we weren’t able to reach our $3,000 goal for the day, we’re over half of the way there and with your help we can still make it! Donations can made by clicking here or by visiting givemn.org and searching for the Midtown Farmers Market. Thank you all for supporting the Midtown Farmers Market!

Get Involved, Join the Midtown Farmers Market Advisory Committee

Are you interested in volunteering and becoming more involved with the Midtown Farmers Market? If so, the market is currently looking for passionate individuals who are interested in helping the market with event planning, communications, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and on-site market day support. Please contact market manager, Miguel Goebel by e-mail, manager@midtownfarmersmarket.org, or by calling 612-724-7457 for more information and additional informational materials about the Midtown Farmers Market Advisory Committee.