Minneapolis Farmers Market on the Mall brings fresh fare to downtown set

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Marsha Trainer
You gotta love the hustle of the Minneapolis Market on the Mall

While the artisanal farmers markets in our beloved Twin Cities are ridiculously charming, there is also a certain beauty to serving a wide swath of diverse people with a large selection of vegetables, goods, and bargains in a convenient location. That's where the Minneapolis Farmers Market on the Mall shines. As many as 60 vendors set up shop each Thursday smack in the middle of downtown Minneapolis and give busy professionals, convention center visitors, and everyone else wandering around Nicollet Mall a chance to pick up their fresh produce, herbs, and other items.

Sure, the Nicollet Mall Market can be lively and there are vendors who resell produce. But, if you embrace it, you just might find a cheap, healthy snack, a swell local seller, and a way to avoid yet another trip to the grocery store -- all during your coffee break.

See also:
The Mill City Farmers Market: Strawberries, heirloom plants, Chef Shack donuts and more

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Marsha Trainer
Vibrant veggies at the downtown market

Minneapolis Farmers Market on Nicollet Mall

Where it is:
Nicollet Mall between 5th and 12th Streets, Minneapolis (downtown)
Days of the week/hours: Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 30
Vendors of note: Dehn's Garden, Aspen Ridge Honey Farm, Honey and Rye Bakehouse, Bar Five Meat and Poultry, Caribbean Heat, Cindy's Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, K&B Gardens, Great Harvest Bread Company, Groveland Confections, Dunlaoghaire: The Soap People

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Marsha Trainer
Emily Ackerman represents Honey and Rye Bakehouse at the market. This is their first year downtown.

Market Features: This is a weekday market that caters to busy workers and visitors who are on a schedule, as it's open an astonishing 12 hours -- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Right now the market has a vast array of Minnesota produce (radishes, beans, onions, green onions, potatoes, kale, beets, squash, tomatoes, herbs, berries, soybeans and more), non-local fruits and veggies (peaches, broccoli, oranges, etc.), cut flowers, baked goods from Honey and Rye and others, Smokehouse Snacks jerky, roasted nuts, edible flowers, cheese curds, honey, soap, tortillas, kettle corn, hot dogs, and tons of farmstead products.

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Beeswax and other honey-related products from Aspen Ridge Honey Farm

Head out to the mall around noon and you'll see the the appealing mix of faces that makes up this fair city. In other words, there can be quite a crowd at some of the more popular stalls. However, it can be very gratifying to see people lining up for say, the gorgeous herbs from Dehn's Garden, who've been at the market since its 1986 inception. It's proof that there is an interest in quality homegrown goods in Minneapolis and not by any one group of people. Need more time with your vendors? Then morning and late afternoon are your times of the day, when Nicollet is more easily traversed.

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Marsha Trainer
Julie helps a customer at the Pflaum Farms stand, a fifth-generation family farm in Farmington

Market Vibe: It's a hopping weekly city event that means downtowners and commuters get fast access to healthy produce that's easy to get to via public transportation.That's what we love about it. But it does require that that you stay on your toes a bit. If you want to avoid buying resold items, talk to the vendors and look for their Minnesota Grown signs. You'll be pleasantly surprised to find lots of Hmong vendors and others proffering the fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers of their labor. It should be noted that this isn't a food truck affair, as most aren't allowed on the mall (though several are nearby on Marquette Avenue, independent of the market).

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Marsha Trainer
Even the Minneapolis Police are at this market (interns Mitchell, Ahmir and Georgie with Sergeant Burbank)

Last thought: For our money, this venue is an under-appreciated gem in the urban center. The market serves a large number of individuals by stationing itself where people already are and not asking that shoppers make a special trip. It works equally well for families doing their weekly produce shopping, mid-level managers getting a lunchtime sweet, and tourists seeking a taste of Minneapolis. While we love the main Minneapolis Farmers Market, the Market on the Mall has an important place in our Hot Dish heart. It offers itself up to those who didn't even know they wanted a market -- and usually succeeds in winning them over.

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Marsha Trainer
Mary Tyler Moore tips her hat to Cindy's Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, a local family business

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Minneapolis Farmers' Market on Nicollet Mall

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11 comments
David Hlavac
David Hlavac

Interestingly, no mention of the forthcoming Nicollet Mall re-do and how it might make the farmers market even better.

Kathy Kinsella
Kathy Kinsella

Miss that one! I will be heading bank regularly soon! Bar 5, hope you are still there with your bacon and smoked pork chops! Mmm mmm good!

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

A larger chunk than if like to admit of these "farmers" take expiring or undesirable food from grocery stores, or strike a deal with them, and sell it to is for flat all the way around prices. It says that in the article briefly. If CP was actually ever informative it would tell you which and how. The resellers are a hit or miss - sometimes more expensive and sometimes cheaper. You just have to be a smart shopper. I don't mind them as much as I used to

orangevening11
orangevening11

I love the foot traffic the mall market, at the same time at rush hour the market is a mess with trucks loading blocking buses for blocks.

Not a big fan of the Lyndale Mpls Farmers market. Love to see it move to the old Armory building and be even open year round! !

James DJvooch Vos
James DJvooch Vos

Farmers market? I'm confused by the PLU tags on everything, is it on the way to grocery store or leftovers from grocery store?

JCVN
JCVN

Paid content hiding as journalism or just lazy "here's something over a decade old but I'll write about it" journalism?

zeke2280
zeke2280

It's a significant discussion point. Are we certain it will improve the farmers market if there are fewer farmers and artisans?


More importantly, what happens to the market during construction? Is it simply going away? Will it be moved?

Thehophead
Thehophead

CP is very good with leaving details and not getting correct info.. Lol

jgawrych
jgawrych

@JCVN Until I read the story, I didn't know the details of this particular market.  I live in Loring Park, so I will definitely be visiting this coming Thursday.

NicoleArne
NicoleArne

@zeke2280 Hi David and Zeke, if you (or anyone else who might be interested in this topic) are free tomorrow, August 15 at noon, this exact topic will be discussed! At the Parklot at 10th St. and Hennepin Avenue. 

Thehophead
Thehophead

The mpls farmers market is open everyday too.

312 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 333-1718

Monday 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sunday 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

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