Minneapolis Farmers Market
This giant market on North Lyndale Avenue on the edge of downtown Minneapolis features local fruits, vegetables, farmstead items, and other products from the Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association, a member-based, nonprofit organization with more than 200 members. The Lyndale Market is open seven days a week, from mid-April until mid-November, with many vendors continuing to sell on Saturdays throughout the winter months. An additional market, The Nicollet Mall Market, is open on Thursdays from May through October.
312 East Lyndale Avenue North, Minneapolis
St. Paul Farmers Market
Established in 1853, the St. Paul Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday in Lowertown. Beyond the Saturday Lowertown market, the 145-member St. Paul Growers’ Association has 22 markets throughout the Twin Cities metro area, some on weekdays, some on weekends, most of them seasonal.
290 5th Street East, St. Paul
Neighborhood markets in the Twin Cities and suburbs abound. Minnesota Grown, a program of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, lists more than 150 farmers markets statewide. The list is too numerous to mention here, but these are three of our favorites:
Midtown Farmers Market
This vibrant market is one of the most accessible, too: it is on both the bus and light-rail lines and also has plenty of free parking, even though it’s in the heart of the city, just off East Lake Street. Vendors only sell items grown/made in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Market is open Saturdays, early May through October, and Tuesdays, early June through October.
East Lake Street & 22nd Avenue South, by Highway 55/Hiawatha, Minneapolis
Mill City Farmers Market
Open Saturdays from early May through mid-October, this market, as Minnesota Grown reports, was the first to focus on locally grown, seasonal foods from sustainable and organic farmers and small businesses in the region.
704 South Second Street, Minneapolis
Kingfield Farmers Market
Small space, big crowds: This bustling market nourishes Minneapolis’ Kingfield neighborhood with local produce, garden plants, free-range meats, cheese, honey, coffee, and more. Open Sundays late May through October.
4310 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis
Sources: Minnesota Grown; farmers markets’ websites.
City Center Market — Cambridge
City Center Market in Cambridge, just north of the Twin Cities, is a natural foods cooperative grocery store, which has served Cambridge and surrounding communities for 30-plus years.
122 North Buchanan Street
Eastside Food Coop — Minneapolis
Eastside opened in 2003 in Northeast Minneapolis and now has more than 2,600 member/owners.
2551 Central Avenue, Minneapolis
Harvest Moon Natural Foods Coop — Long Lake
Located in Long Lake/Orono in the Twin Cities’ western suburbs, Harvest Moon opened in 2010.
Northeast Corner of West Wayzata Boulevard and Willow Drive, Long Lake, Minn.
Just Food Coop — Northfield
In Northfield, just south of the Twin Cities, Just Food Coop was founded, as its website explains, “due in large part, to our community’s desire to have greater access to locally grown food and support local, sustainable farmers.”
516 South Water Street, Northfield, Minn.
Lakewinds Natural Foods — Minnetonka and Chanhassen
The western suburbs of the Twin Cities are well served by Lakewinds Natural Foods, a full-service cooperative grocery serving the West metro suburban Twin Cities for more 30 years.
17501 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, Minn.
435 Pond Promenade, Chanhassen, Minn.
Linden Hills Coop — Minneapolis
Established in 1976, this coop moved into a sleek new facility in 2010.
3815 Sunnyside Avenue, Minneapolis
Mississippi Market Natural Food Coop — St. Paul
Mississippi Market has been consumer-owned and controlled since 1979, and now has two inviting St. Paul locations.
622 Selby Avenue, St. Paul
1500 West 7th Street, St. Paul
River Market Community Coop — Stillwater
In the scenic river town of Stillwater, just east of St. Paul, River Market is a full-line food market that offers the largest selection of organic and natural foods in the St. Croix Valley.
221 North Main Street, Suite 1, Stillwater
Seward Coop Grocery & Deli — Minneapolis
Seward was one of the first coops in the area, opening in 1972 on the corner of 22nd and Franklin avenues, with the help of members from what was then called North Country Coop. In 2009, Seward opened the doors of its new home, a gorgeous, 25,600 sq.-ft. building, also on Franklin Avenue. The coop also now has more than 8,800 members.
2823 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis
St. Peter Food Coop & Deli — St. Peter
Located in the Minnesota River Valley south of the Twin Cities, this coop was established more than 30 years ago and recently opened a beautiful new location.
228 Mulberry, St. Peter, Minn.
Valley Natural Foods — Burnsville
Valley Natural Foods, in the southern suburb of Burnsville, is, as its website states, “A community-owned cooperative, providing healthy choices since 1977.”
13750 County Road 11, Burnsville, Minn.
The Wedge Coop — Minneapolis
Another pioneer in the early food coop movement, The Wedge Coop has served its members and neighborhoods since 1974. In a relatively small space in South Minneapolis, this coop attracts big numbers. For example, The Wedge now has more than 14,000 members. Plus, in 2010, the Star Tribune reported that the coop’s total annual “patronage refund” to its members hit $1 million for the first time, marking one of the largest such distributions in the country. The Star Tribune also reported that, based on sales, The Wedge is one of the nation’s largest single-store natural foods cooperatives.
2105 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis
Sources: Twin Cities food coops’ bi-monthly publication The Mix; Star Tribune; food coop websites
Clancey’s Meats & Fish
This butcher shop in the heart of Minneapolis’ Linden Hills neighborhood offers locally sourced products from Minnesota family farms. Read more about Clancey’s and its owner, Kristin Tombers, on page XX.
4307 Upton Avenue South
Eichten’s Hidden Acres
An excellent source for buffalo/bison meat, Eichten’s has one of the largest American Bison herds in the state. Plus, find cheese, sausages, wild rice, honey, and more. Eichten’s also sells at area farmers markets.
Located between Center City & Schafer on Highway 8
Featherstone Fruits & Vegetables
Featherstone provides certified organic fruits and vegetables that are available through CSA shares and at stores from Minneapolis to Chicago.
43090 City Park Road, Rushford, Minn.
Operated by a family of farmers, Ferndale specializes in free-range turkey, but also offers a full line of local meats, specialty items, and seasonal produce. Plus, Ferndale has partnerships with area producers to provide an impressive range of local, sustainable foods.
31659 County Road 24 Boulevard (Just west of Highway 52 at County Road 24)
Cannon Falls, Minn.
Gardens of Eagan
This 100-acre, urban-edge farm, which is owned by The Wedge Coop, provides certified organic produce and garden transplants to the Twin Cities and region. It also is an educational resource to consumers and farmers through its non-profit The Organic … Read the rest