It's Farmers Market Season
No matter where you live in Minnesota, fresh produce, flowers and homemade goodies await
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It’s finally here. Summer. Well, at least it’s close. After our lovely record-breaking snow storm in late April, it seemed like warm weather would never come, but now it’s May and the season of patio dining, lakeside relaxing, and farmers markets is finally upon us. Whether you’re hoping to grab some fresh vegetables after a long day of work downtown or looking to spend a leisurely Saturday morning strolling through the many vendors, these farmers markets are worth the stop.
Nicollet Mall Market
Back to its original location after Nicollet’s multi-million dollar renovation, the Nicollet Mall Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through November. A favorite stop for professionals’ mid-day lunch break, vendors sell anything from baby basil plants to raw honey. To bring a burst of color back to the office, peruse the flowers—they are all relatively inexpensive, cheery, and freshly cut.
Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lyndale Market is the largest farmers market in Minneapolis. Since it’s still early in the growing season, not everything is available yet, but early perennial vegetables are available right now including rhubarb, asparagus, and much more.
312 East Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis
Mill City Farmers Market
Located right near Mill City Museum, not too far from Gold Medal Park (and for that matter, Izzy’s Ice Cream), Mill City Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Visit the complete list of vendors to find specific items, or check out a quick list of some favorites on the Visit Twin Cities blog.
704 S. Second St., Minneapolis
Midtown Farmers Market
Located on Lake Street in South Minneapolis, Midtown Famers Market is celebrating 15 years of fresh produce and community bonding. Visit on Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May through October and Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. June through October. View a complete list of vendors here.
2225 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
St. Paul Farmers Market
Located near the Mississippi River, right in the Lowertown District, the St. Paul Farmers Market is open Saturdays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May through November. For more metro locations near St. Paul, check out the full schedule here.
Duluth Farmers Market
If you’re making a trip to Duluth for a summer vacation (or perhaps a long Memorial Day weekend?), make sure to check out the Duluth Farmers Market, open since 1911. Located at the corner of 14th Avenue East and Third Street, the market is open every Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon May through October.
1324 E. Third St., Duluth
Rochester Farmers Market
With two locations, one in downtown Rochester and the other at Apache Mall in the Macy’s parking lot, Rochester Farmers Market is open Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays 2 to 6 p.m., respectively. (The Apache Mall location opens in June.) Besides produce, baked goods, and flowers, visitors can also check out concessions from Le Petit Café, Zumbrota Wood-Fired Pizza, or Old Abe Coffee Co.
Fourth St. SE and Fourth Ave. SE, Rochester; 901 Apache Mall, Rochester