Prepared Food: You’ll need plenty of fuel stops to get through this massive market. Grab a latte from Blue Neon Espresso to power your trip. Smokehouse Snacks serves hot dogs, brats, breakfast wraps, and pork chops straight from the grill. Caribbean Heat has tamales and a dozen flavors of tortillas, perfect with salsa and Mama Julie’s Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. If it’s just a snack you need, stop at Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, which also serves cashews and pecans. For a full meal, enjoy the flavorful fare at Rainbow Chinese Restaurant, serving up egg rolls, boba tea, and more.
Shopping: There are over 170 permanent and rotating vendors selling the full rainbow of local produce, flowers and plants, plus eggs, locally raised beef, pork, buffalo, poultry, goat, lamb, and both fresh and smoked trout, Alaskan salmon, and codfish. You’ll also find baked goods, hummus, maple syrup, honey, pickles, artisan cheeses, jams, jellies, wild rice, and pasta. The list goes on and on!
Insider Tips: The Lyndale Minneapolis farmers market parking is abundant and free! Visit the market website for driving directions, parking tips, and other FAQs. Check the Metro Transit website for public transportation schedules or use your favorite route-planning app.
If crowds (and parking uncertainties) aren’t your thing, aim for a weekday visit or even an early morning on a weekend. Fridays are best, as there are almost as many vendors as the weekends, but far fewer shoppers.
Local tip: If you’re in central downtown on a Thursday, a smaller pop-up farmers market hosted by the central Minneapolis farmers market happens on Nicollet (6 a.m. - 6 p.m., May-November), stretching from 5th to 12th Street. This one is much easier to reach by public transportation. The Blue and Green light rail lines both stop at the Nicollet Mall station.