Minneapolis Farmers Markets: What to Eat, Buy, and Do
Farmers markets are a wondrous, one-stop keyhole into a city’s people, culture and, of course, food. Shop local and stop at a Minneapolis farmers market today!
No matter the season, there’s a market for you! For a look at all Minneapolis Farmers Markets, check out this detailed list. Be healthy, be happy, and be farmers market fresh!
1. Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale
Where: 312 East Lyndale Ave N.
Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m., year-round (rain or shine!). For the full market experience, visit on Saturday or Sunday. Weekdays provide a limited number of vendors—with more showing up later in the season as produce becomes more plentiful.
About: The largest farmer-managed farmers market in Minnesota, this Twin Cities farmers market first opened in 1876 in downtown Minneapolis and relocated to its current location at Lyndale and Glenwood Avenue North in 1937. You’ll find well over 100 vendors—some with over five generations of local farming experience—under the iconic red sheds to protect you and the farmers from the elements as you browse. The market boasts one of the most diverse collections of market vendors in the Upper Midwest—from Laos to Trinidad to California, vendors hail from all over the world.
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.
2. Mill City Farmers Market
Where: 704 S 2nd St
Hours: Summer hours (May through October): Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
About: If local, sustainable produce and artisan goods are your love language, Mill City Farmers Market is speaking fluently to your heart. With over 100 vendors offering prepared food, produce, body care, and crafts, this market—founded in 2006—sits between the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis’ Downtown East neighborhood. The market also offers free cooking classes with local chefs, children’s activities, a zero-waste compostable dishware initiative, free outdoor yoga, live music from buskers, and excellent views of the Mississippi River.
Prepared Food: Enjoy Vietnamese street food from Banh Sizzle, healthy Taiwanese Liang Men noodle plates from Jabà Noodles, Marathi cuisine influenced by the state of Maharashtra from the western region of India from Muddy Tiger, Ethiopian hot and iced chai and East African Chapati from Redwolf Chai, and made-to-order delights from Latino family-owned Rudy’s Breakfast Bagels. Northern Fires Pizza bakes award-winning wood fired pizza, including breakfast pizzas and frittatas for wood fired brunch vibes.
Shopping: You’ll find a truly rich collection of farmers, ranchers, fishers, and food makers at the Mill City market. From fresh hazelnuts, heirloom corn, mushrooms, berries, garlic, flower, and honey to organic produce from Kenyan farmers and dried beans grown by a multi-generational Hmong family, you’ll definitely be able to skip the grocery store visit on market day. In addition to fresh and pantry goods, Mill City has no shortage of crafts. Local ceramics, hand printed tea towels, Peruvian textiles, wooden cooking utensils, fair trade jewelry, soy candles and organic bath soaks, and many other artisan goods can be found at the Saturday farmers market.
Insider Tips: Street parking for the Saturday market can be competitive. For those eager to dive into the market without a lengthy parking scavenger hunt, the nearby, pay-per-hour Guthrie Theater parking ramp is a quick solution. The nearest light rail stop, for both the Blue and Green Lines, is U.S. Bank Stadium, about three blocks away.
Being on the Eastern edge of downtown, there are numerous nearby attractions that can add up to a full day of activities. The world renowned Guthrie Theater is mere steps from the market, as is the Mill City Museum, which details the development of Minneapolis around the flour milling industry. Gold Medal Park, Water Works Park, and Mill Ruins Park are among the best river view spots along this part of the Mississippi River. Across the river is St. Anthony Main, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis—accessible a short jaunt over the iconic Stone Arch Bridge.
3. Kingfield Farmers Market
Where: 4055 Nicollet Ave
Hours: Summer hours (May through October): Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
About: Launched in 2001 in in South Minneapolis’s Kingfield neighborhood, this local produce-focused, family-centric farmers market is home to over 30 vendors each week—rain or shine—offering a variety of fruit, veggies, coffee, prepared food, and crafts. While many Minneapolis-area farmers markets include produce sourced from elsewhere and resold by vendors, the Kingfield market only allows people to sell products that they have grown, raised, made, or substantially transformed themselves. The Kingfield Market is managed by Neighborhood Roots, a nonprofit that also hosts the Fulton Farmers Market on Saturdays in Southwest Minneapolis’s Fulton neighborhood.
Prepared Food: There’s a bounty of prepared foods here. Krishna’s Delight offers International vegan and vegetarian fare, including veggie pakoras and hearty curries. Fruit & Grain offers seasonal pop tarts, savory hand pies, sweet galettes, breakfast cakes, and whole pies by preorder. Eat Me Bakery brings the bundts, buns, sweet breads, and cookies. There’s also granola, bagels, breads, pastries, gluten-free baked goods, pies, coffee, bars, and more.
Shopping: Kingfield Market was named Best Farmers Market in 2013 and 2011 by local weekly paper City Pages. Part of that award-winning charm is the bevvy of local produce (including from many BIPOC farms), ferments, cheeses, spices, flowers, plants, body care products, woodworking, ceramics, crafts, soaps, and pet toys and treats—but you’ve really got to show up to understand what makes this little market so special.
Insider Tips: If you’re visiting without a car, the Kingfield Farmers Market is easy to reach from downtown on Metro Transit’s Route 18, a high-frequency bus that runs down Nicollet Mall. Other buses that pass nearby are the 142, the 568, the 46, the 146, the 535, and the 11. Check the Metro Transit website for details.
4. Midtown Farmers Market
Where: 2225 E Lake St
Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (May-October) and Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (June-October)
About: The Midtown Farmers Market, at the corner of Lake Street and Hiawatha Ave. in South Minneapolis, is an excellent place to stock up on local produce and support local businesses at the same time. One thing that makes this neighborhood market so exciting is the “Try It!” Remix Program, an initiative to help Twin Cities residents (primarily folks who identify as having low-income, are black, indigenous and/or people of color, identify as women, trans, femme, or gender non-binary) try selling at a farmers market with limited financial investment. This means the market is a thriving incubator for small businesses, and shoppers can be among the first to support the future of Minneapolis’s artisan food and craft community. You’ll also find live music, book readings, and children’s events!
Shopping: On hand is fresh produce, veggie-infused baked goods from Green Garden Bakery (beet brownies and jalapeno chocolate chip cookies, anyone?), naturally leavened breads, bagels, and bialys from Asa’s Bakery, cinnamon baguette chips and craft loaves from Behind the Breadbox, as well as eggs, chicken, plant starts, coffee, honey, maple syrup, flowers, spices, bread, sauces, jams, jellies, arts, crafts, books, and a variety of ready-to-eat food.
Insider Tips: The Midtown Farmers Market is located on the Blue Line, so public transportation is highly recommended (street parking is also plentiful). While you’re in the neighborhood, check out Mercado Central and Midtown Global Market, two incredible global cooperative markets and food halls on Lake Street showcasing the delicious diversity of South Minneapolis.
5. Four Sisters Farmers Market
Where: 1414 E Franklin Ave
Hours: Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (June through October)
About: Did you know that the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis has the third largest urban Indigenous population in the United States? This Thursday afternoon market in partnership with the Native American Community Development Institute features Indigenous foods and farms from early June through late October. Located in the American Indian Cultural Corridor (AICC)—a stretch of Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis serving as a hub of Indigenous culture and commerce—Four Sisters was established to increase access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate local foods to the surrounding neighborhood and beyond. By supporting a sustainable Indigenous food system, Four Sisters works to build community health and wealth for both community shoppers and farmer vendors.
Shopping: The market is still growing and accepting new vendors, but in its early iteration you’ll find teas, skincare, jams and syrups made with Indigenous ingredients, local produce and herbs, and handcrafted jewelry.
Insider Tips: If you’re planning to drive, street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Check the Metro Transit website for public transportation schedules or use your favorite route-planning app. Before and after you shop, be sure to check out other great Native-led businesses and organizations, including the Minneapolis American Indian Center, All My Relations art gallery, and Pow Wow Grounds coffee.
Other Minneapolis Farmers Markets
Part market, part North Minneapolis neighborhood celebration, the West Broadway Farmers Market is open Friday afternoons— 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. — mid-June through mid-October. The requisite fruit and veggies are here, but there’s also clothing, art, and live music, coming together at 2027 West Broadway Ave N. The market is sponsored by the Capri and PCYC, a community-based nonprofit focused on bringing education, arts and youth programming to children, families, and the North Minneapolis community.
The Linden Hills Farmers Market (Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., May-October) takes place in the parking lot of Settergren's Hardware Store at 2813 W 43rd St. with over 30 vendors. Founded in 2012, the market aims to connect local growers, artisans, and musicians with the Linden Hills community. Expect ready-to-eat foods, baked goods, locally grown veggies, jams, ethically raised meat, refreshing beverages, live music, and so much more.
The Lakeview Terrace Farmers Market (formerly the Camden Farmers Market) is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. and to noon, rain or shine at the Northeast corner of Bottineau Blvd (CR 81) and Lakeland Ave in Robbinsdale, just Northwest of Minneapolis. The market is sponsored and operated by theNEWmpls, a Black-owned initiative to support diabetes prevention and vibrant health through fitness, food, and farmers markets. The market also hosts food competitions featuring Black chefs from throughout the region and free fitness classes onsite!
The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market is actually a few different farmers markets in one: the Saturday Market (9 a.m. - 1 p.m., May-October at 629 NE 2nd St NE), the Market After Dark the 4th Tuesday of every month (6-9p.m., May - October at Bauhaus Brew Labs), and the Winter Market on second Saturdays of the month at Earl Giles Distillery, snow or shine (follow the market for details). At the Saturday market—the largest of the three—you’ll find farmers, ranchers, baked goods, cold-pressed juice and smoothies, ferments, sausages, hummus, coffee, cheese, spices, honey, pet treats, as well as prepared foods like Root to Rise kitchen, Potters Pasties & Pies, Honey Thai Food, and Molly’s Spring Rolls.
Midtown Global Market isn’t a traditional farmers market (it’s entirely indoors) but it definitely offers a bustling market atmosphere, with a wide variety of restaurants, boutiques, services, and cultural events. Prepared food includes Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian, Korean, Moroccan, Chinese, East African, a brewery, ice cream, and baked goods. There are also numerous stalls selling apparel and crafts.