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 Field School. Its produce is available through a local organic distributor, many retail coops, and at Midtown and Fulton Farmers Markets in Minneapolis.
25494 Highview Avenue
Golden Fig Fine Foods
This specialty shop on Grand Avenue in St. Paul is loaded with locally produced, gourmet products.
790 Grand Avenue, St. Paul
Grass Fed Cattle Co.
This cooperative of area farmers sells beef that is local, free-range, antibiotic-free, and 100 percent grass fed.
Grassroots specializes in regional artisan cheeses, meat, dairy, and general groceries.
920 East Lake Street, Stall 130, Midtown Global Market
Located in southern Minnesota in the tiny town of Hope, this creamery remains one of the only independently owned creameries in the state. Hope’s Grade A butter is available at a number of restaurants and food coops in the Twin Cities.
PO Box 42
9043 Southwest 37th Avenue, Hope, Minnesota
The owners of this neighborhood local foods grocery store on the edge of downtown, Ann and Yulin Yin, think of their store as a farmers market in a retail format. As they state on the store’s website: “We strive to offer you the best products that Minnesota and the ‘heartland’ [have] to offer.”
208 North First Street, Minneapolis
Your favorite healthy ingredients and related products abound here: farm fresh eggs, gluten-free ingredients, vegetable juicers, vitamins and supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and more.
1526 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul
Midtown Global Market
We love this international marketplace in the heart of Minneapolis’ urban-core neighborhoods of Phillips and Powderhorn. Stroll this charming indoor market and discover specialty groceries; fresh produce; ethnic restaurants; baked goods; arts, gifts, and jewelry boutiques; and more.
East Lake Street and 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis
PastureLand Dairy Cooperative
PastureLand’s 100 percent grass-fed organic dairy products, from its farms in Southeastern Minnesota, are handcrafted by artisan butter and cheese makers. Order online or check PastureLand’s website for its retail locations.
26889 County 9 Boulevard, Goodhue, Minn.
Pastures A Plenty Company & Farm
This farm in West Central Minnesota is an excellent source for farm-fresh foods. It is home to free-range chickens, grass-fed cows, and pasture-raised pigs. Its products are available at several Twin Cities food coops and restaurants.
4077 110th Avenue Northeast, Kerkhoven, Minn.
Star Prairie Trout Farm
Less than an hour from the Twin Cities, Star Prairie Trout supplies its fresh fish to a number of food coops, supermarkets, farmers markets, wholesalers, and restaurants in the region.
400 Hill Avenue, Star Prairie, Wisc.
Thousand Hills Cattle Company
Thousand Hills works with more than 70 family farms that raise 100 percent grass-fed beef. Thousand Hills supplies its beef to local food stores and restaurants and directly to consumers. Home delivery is available throughout Minnesota.
P.O. Box 68, Cannon Falls, Minn.
Tradewinds Spice Company
This Stillwater store offers spices and seasonings from around the world but also seeks out items that are regional specialties and/or from small producers.
Historic Brick Alley Building
423 South Main Street, Stillwater, Minn.
651-351-0422, 877-BE-SPICY (877-237-7429)
A certified organic vegetable farm about 30 miles west of Minneapolis, Riverbend provides wholesale produce to outlets throughout the Twin Cities such as restaurants and food coops, and directly to consumers through its CSA.
5405 Calder Avenue Southeast, Delano, Minn.
Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm
A major presence at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, Untiedt’s, a family farm operation in Montrose and Waverly, also sells produce at several roadside stands in the Twin Cities’ western suburbs.
Whole Grain Milling Co.
Whole Grain Milling grows and processes certified organic grains and provides food coops in the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota with fresh, high-quality whole grain products direct from its organically certified farm.
Order your groceries online with this Long Prairie, Minn.-based service, and have them delivered to one of several Twin Cities-area churches that serve as drop sites.
Wild Run Salmon
Matt Oxford, who splits his time between South St. Paul and Fritz Creek, Alaska, sells his Alaskan Salmon at several area farmers markets: Nicollet Mall, White Bear Lake, Mill City, Fulton, and Kingfield. His motto: “From our boat to your table.”
If you’re on the hunt for hard-to-find ingredients for your favorite cocktails, our friend Dan Oskey, bartender at the Strip Club Meat & Fish restaurant in St. Paul, has recommendations. We tend to listen to Oskey, who was named bartender of the year in 2010 by City Pages. By the way, he also has a drink recipe or two in the Winter 2011 issue of Edible Twin Cities. He says you can find all alcohol ingredients you’re looking for at any of these three places:
You can’t miss this Northeast Minneapolis landmark—it’s huge. The selection matches the store’s size.
303 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Located on the western end of historic Grand Avenue, in the lovely Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul, this store focuses on fine wines and craft beers.
1941 Grand Avenue, St. Paul
The Wine Market
In the St. Paul suburb of Mendota Heights, this store specializes in wines—and lots of them.
720 Main Street, #101, Mendota Heights
Big, small, and micro breweries seem to be everywhere these days. And lots of area liquor stores have fabulous selections of local beers. Plus, a whole lot of folks here like to brew their own. Here’s a list of some favorites.
Brau Brothers Brewing Co.
Flat Earth Brewing Co.
2035 Benson Avenue, St. Paul
Fulton Brewing Co.
414 6th Avenue North, Minneapolis
3036 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis
Lake Superior Brewing Co.
2711 West Superior Street, Duluth, Minn.
Lift Bridge Brewery
1900 Tower Drive, Stillwater, Minn.
Mantorville Brewing Co.
101 East Fifth Street, Mantorville, Minn.
August Schell Brewing Co. (Schell’s)
1860 Schell Road, New Ulm, Minn.
Summit Brewing Company
910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
Surly Brewing Co.
811 Dusharme Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Liquor Stores Specializing in Beer
Ale Jail (and Wine Thief)
1787 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul
The Four Firkins
5630 36th St., St. Louis Park
For the Home Brewer
You’ll find extensive home brewing and wine making supplies here.
5825 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis
The Northern Brewer
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced brewer, you’ll find an array of home brewing kits, supplies, and equipment. Two locations.
1150 Grand Avenue, St. Paul
6021 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis
Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild
Alexis Bailly Vineyard
18200 Kirby Avenue, Hastings, Minn.
Cannon River Winery
Cannon Falls, Minn.
Carlos Creek Winery
6693 County Rd 34 NW, Alexandria, MN 56308
Crofut Family Vineyard
21646 Langford Avenue South (on Highway 13), Jordan, Minn.
Morgan Creek Vineyards
23707 478th Avenue, New Ulm, Minn.
223 Main Street North, Stillwater
Saint Croix Vineyards
6428 Manning Avenue, Stillwater
Seven Hawks Vineyards
Fountain City, Wisc.
Minnesota Grape Growers Association
Coffee & Tea Ltd.
2730 West 43rd Street, Linden Hills, Minneapolis
2000 NE Court-First Floor in Sears, Mall of America, Bloomington
3262 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis
Peoples Organic Coffee & Wine Café
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
This Minneapolis-based organization recently commemorated 25 years of being a public policy voice in Minnesota and Washington, D.C. for building sustainable rural communities and healthy food systems.
2105 First Avenue South, Minneapolis
1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Land Stewardship Project
This active, grassroots group of 3,000 members—farmers and rural and urban residents—works to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, promote sustainable agriculture, and develop sustainable communities. Though based in Minnesota, the group also works in Wisconsin, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.
Twin Cities Policy Office
821 East 35th Street, Suite 200, Minneapolis
Minnesota Farmers Union
For 70 years, this membership-based group has worked to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers and rural communities.
600 County Road D West, Suite 14, St. Paul
Minnesota Food Association
Minnesota Food Association is dedicated to growing farmers and growing food. The Big River Farms Program of MFA operates an immigrant and minority farmer training program together with a CSA and wholesale distribution service. MFA provides farmers with the skills and knowledge to operate their own viable organic and sustainable vegetable farms, while providing fresh, organic produce to local consumers by the farmers-in-training.
14220-B Ostlund Trail North, Marine on St. Croix, Minn.
The Minnesota Grown Program is all about promoting local foods. A part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Grown publishes an extensive annual directory that includes farmers markets, CSA farms, garden centers, orchards, berry farms, Christmas tree farms, and more.
Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture
Minnesota Grown Program
625 Robert Street North, St. Paul
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)
MISA is a University of Minnesota-based partnership of agricultural organizations and interests.
University of Minnesota
411 Borlaug Hall
1991 Buford Circle
Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
SFA of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration, and education.
Box 192, Princeton, Minn.
Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI)
WEI is an environmental research, renewal, and retreat center designed to, as its website explains, “create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children, and identified communities especially affected by environmental injustices.” Through its retreat and conference center, farm program, and various educational programs, WEI promotes and supports agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture, ecological awareness, and activism that influences public policy and promotes social change.
Box 128, North Branch, Minn.
Women Who Really Cook
This networking organization for women in the food business in the Twin Cities area meets monthly in various locations. The group’s name is a take-off on the name of a local all-female musical group, Women Who Cook.