Celebrate great food during National Farmers Market Week

In honor of National Farmers Market Week Aug. 6-12, Homegrown Minneapolis and the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis are collaborating to distribute free reusable market bags and “At the Farmers Market” children’s books at participating markets. Certain farmers markets will also offer a “Power of Produce” experience for children during this week in which kids ages 3-12 will have a chance to sample a seasonal fruit or vegetable to earn a $2 token for purchasing market produce. Supplies are limited.

Homegrown Minneapolis is also working with the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota on a market research project throughout market season. Watch for customer “dot” surveys at the markets and share your input.

For event updates and details, check out the Homegrown Minneapolis’ farmers market page and the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Facebook page.

Find a farmers market

The City has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city. Clicking on the map pins will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. More than two dozen farmers markets and mini markets are operating in Minneapolis this year including several markets downtown.

Get free produce at participating farmers markets this summer with your Healthy Savings card

Show your Medica Healthy Savings card at the information booth at participating farmers markets, and you’ll get a voucher for a free tray of produce up to $3. The participating farmers markets include:

See the full list of participating farmers markets.

About Healthy Savings

The free Healthy Savings program through Medica, the City’s health insurance provider, gives you discounts on healthy food at participating farmers markets and grocery stores.

When you sign up for Healthy Savings, you'll receive an email each week listing the discounts that have been automatically loaded onto your Healthy Savings card. Scan your card at the checkout for instant savings on that week’s discounts or show your card at the information booth at participating farmers markets for your free produce voucher.

Learn more about the Healthy Savings program at www.medica.com/healthysavings.

Local produce

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 and participate in the Market Bucks program, which provides an additional $10 for customers using SNAP/EBT. 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 are good ways to exercise and don’t pollute. Many of the farmers markets also serve to build community with prepared food, environment-themed educational activities and music.

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.

Funding for the free reusable market bags, children’s books and “Power of Produce” experience is made possible by a number of City departments including Community Planning & Economic Development, the Mayor’s Office, the Minneapolis Health Department and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership.

 

 

Published Jul 25, 2017

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