Connect with the Farmers Markets of MPLS
Farmers Markets of MPLS Collaborative
The Farmers Markets of MPLS Collaborative welcomes and encourages all markets to participate. Formed in 2017, the collaborative's activities include:
- Technical assistance
- Metrics collection
- Other opportunities to build a more connected, accessible and effective market system
The collaborative works with partners:
- City of Minneapolis
- University of Minnesota
- Homegrown Minneapolis
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Other market champions
A planning team coordinates the collaborative's work. The planning team is comprised of:
- Market managers
- Alison Babb, Health Program Manager - Homegrown Minneapolis
- University of Minnesota Applied Economics faculty Hikaru Peterson and researcher Joe Nowak
Farmers Market Managers in the leadership team include:
- Mill City Farmers Market
- Four Sisters Farmers Market
- Neighborhood Roots Markets - Fulton, Kingfield & Nokomis
- Midtown Farmers Market
- Minneapolis Lyndale and Nicollet Mall Markets
- West Broadway Farmers Market
Many additional partners support the work and collective impact of the markets.
Visit the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Collaborative Strategic Plan.
Many farmers markets accept SNAP-EBT. To get started, visit the Information Booth at the farmers market and swipe your EBT card for the amount you want to spend . You will receive tokens/coupons to spend with eligible vendors at the farmers market.
Market Bucks match SNAP-EBT spending dollar-for-dollar (up to $10) at participating farmers markets. You can get up to $10 in Market Bucks and $10 in Produce Market Bucks each visit to spend on SNAP-eligible foods. That means you can triple your SNAP-EBT purchases at participating farmers markets. Spend $10 on your EBT card, get $20 free!
Participating markets are noted on our Farmers Markets of Minneapolis map and downloadable list.
For more information, please contact Hunger Solutions.
Starting a farmers market
Minneapolis has resources for starting and maintaining a farmers market or other market.
Visit the Farmers Market Vendors page to learn about how to be a vendor at a Minneapolis farmers market.
Visit the Farmers Market Managers page for information and resources on managing a farmers market.
Opening or operating a farmers market in Minneapolis requires approval and licensing. There are different types of farmers market licenses/permits depending on the type of market you want to operate. A public market is a defined place regulated by the city for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products. The three categories of recognized and licensed public markets include:
- Farmers Markets
- Mini Markets
- Produce and Craft Markets
Minnesota Farmers Market Association
USDA resources about SNAP and farmers markets
Visit the Minnesota Grown Directory for a directory of all Minnesota farms, markets and garden centers.