Nicollet Mall farmers market comes to government center plaza starting May 5

The Thursday Nicollet Mall farmers market moves to the Hennepin County Government Center’s south plaza this year due to the ongoing reconstruction of Nicollet Mall. Its season opens Thursday, May 5.

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. Many of the farmers markets also serve to build community with prepared food, environment-themed educational activities and music.

The City has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city. Clicking on the map pins at www.minneapolismn.gov/farmersmarkets will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. The map will be updated as information becomes available on 2016 schedules. Nearly 40 farmers markets, mini markets and farmstands are expected to operate in Minneapolis this year.

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 May 3, 2016

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