Interactive map makes it easy to find farmers markets in Minneapolis
Farmers markets are opening soon for the season, and the City of Minneapolis has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city. New in 2015, farmstand information for local urban farms and market gardens will also be added to the map as it becomes available. Clicking on the map pins at www.minneapolismn.gov/farmersmarkets will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. The map lists 30 farmers markets now; more will be added as information becomes available. The first market of the season – the Lyndale market – opens April 25.
Because of the reconstruction of Nicollet Mall, the Thursday Nicollet Mall farmers market will move to Hennepin Avenue between Fifth and 10th streets in 2015 and 2016. This market opens for the season Thursday, May 7.
It’s easy for people to buy local produce. Most of the markets accept “electronic benefits transfer” cards as payment to give residents on federal food assistance easier access to fresh, healthy food. Some of the farmers markets are mini markets, special small markets that the City licenses to get more fresh and affordable produce on the table in low-income neighborhoods.
Local produce is nutritious and affordable. Buying food directly at a farmers market strengthens the community between the farmer and the eater, and it supports the regional economy by allowing the local farmer to keep 80 to 90 cents per dollar of sales. Many Minneapolis residents can reach a farmers market on foot or by bicycle, which is good exercise and doesn’t pollute.
Check out Homegrown Minneapolis for more ways to get healthy, local food on the table. Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.
Published Apr 23, 2015