These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Minnesota For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Minnesota offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Minnesota? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Minnesota farmers markets:

  1. Mill City Farmers Market, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
  2. Hopkins Farmers Market, Hopkins, MN
  3. Rochester Downtown Farmers Market, Rochester, MN
  4. Fulton Farmers Market, Minneapolis, MN
  5. Kingfield Farmers Market, Minneapolis, MN
  6. Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market, Minneapolis, MN
  7. Hopkins Farmers Winter Market, Hopkins, MN
  8. Minneapolis Farmers Market – East Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
  9. Eagan Market Fest, Eagan, MN
  10. Hutchinson Farmers’ Market, Hutchinson, MN

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Minnesota or the cheapest place to live in Minnesota.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Minnesota?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Minnesota, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the North Star State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Minnesota, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Mill City Farmers Market, Inc.

Mill City Farmers Market, Inc. -- Minneapolis, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 94.3
City: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 704 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Hopkins Farmers Market

Hopkins Farmers Market -- Hopkins, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 88.6
City: Hopkins, MN
Address: 16 9th Ave S, Hopkins, MN 55343
Times: Sat: 7:30 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market -- Rochester, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Rochester, MN
Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Times: Sat: 7:30 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Fulton Farmers Market

Fulton Farmers Market -- Minneapolis, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 4901 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410
Times: Sat: 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Kingfield Farmers Market

Kingfield Farmers Market -- Minneapolis, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409
Times: Sun: 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market

Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market -- Minneapolis, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Minneapolis, MN
Address: University Avenue NE and 7th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Hopkins Farmers Winter Market

Hopkins Farmers Winter Market -- Hopkins, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Hopkins, MN
Address: 33 14th Avenue North, Hopkins, MN 55343
Times: Sat: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

8. Minneapolis Farmers Market – East Lyndale Avenue

Minneapolis Farmers Market - East Lyndale Avenue -- Minneapolis, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 312 east Lyndale Avenue north, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Times: Mon:6:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tue:6:00 AM – 1:00 PM Wed:6:00 AM – 1:00 PM Thu:6:00 AM – 1:00 PM Fri:6:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sat:6:00 AM – 2:00 PM sun:6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

9. Eagan Market Fest

Eagan Market Fest -- Eagan, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Eagan, MN
Address: 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121
Times: Wed: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

10. Hutchinson Farmers’ Market

Hutchinson Farmers' Market -- Hutchinson, MN

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Hutchinson, MN
Address: 25 Adams Street SE, Hutchinson, MN 55350
Times: Sat: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Minnesota

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the North Star State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Minnesota

Name City Rank Score
Mill City Farmers Market, Inc. Minneapolis 1 94.3
Hopkins Farmers Market Hopkins 2 88.6
Rochester Downtown Farmers Market Rochester 3 85.7
Fulton Farmers Market Minneapolis 4 82.9
Kingfield Farmers Market Minneapolis 5 80.0
Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market Minneapolis 6 77.1
Hopkins Farmers Winter Market Hopkins 7 71.4
Minneapolis Farmers Market – East Lyndale Avenue Minneapolis 8 68.6
Eagan Market Fest Eagan 9 68.6
Hutchinson Farmers’ Market Hutchinson 10 68.6
Midtown Farmers Market Minneapolis 11 65.7
St. Paul Farmers Market St. Paul 12 65.7
Hilltop Market Duluth 13 65.7
Bloomington Farmers Market Bloomington 14 62.9
Winona Farmers Market Winona 15 62.9
City Of White Bear Lake Farmer’s Market White Bear Lake 16 62.9
Riverwalk Market Fair Northfield 17 62.9
Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market Grand Rapids 18 62.9
Shoreview Farmers Market Shoreview 19 60.0
Red Wing Area Farmers Market Red Wing 20 60.0
Rochester Downtown Farmers Market Rochester 21 57.1
Carlton County Farmers Market Cloquet Cloquet 22 57.1
Rochester Downtown Farmers Market Rochester 23 54.3
Mankato Farmers Market Mankato 24 54.3
Richfield Farmers Market Richfield 25 54.3
Albert Lea Farmers Market Albert Lea 26 54.3
Monticello Farmers’ Market Monticello 27 54.3
Minneapolis Farmers Market – Nicollet Mall Minneapolis 28 51.4
Duluth Farmer’s Market Duluth 29 51.4
Centennial Lakes Farmers Market Edina 30 51.4
Richfield Farmers Market In Veterans Park Richfield 31 51.4
Austin Farmers’ Market Austin 32 51.4
Bemidji’s Natural Choice Farmers Market Bemidji 33 51.4
Alexandria Farmers’ Market Alexandria 34 51.4
Minnetonka Farmers Market Minnetonka 35 48.6
New Hope Community Farmers Market New Hope 36 48.6
Bemidji Area Farmers Market Bemidji 37 48.6
Northfield Farmer’s Market Northfield 38 45.7
Willmar Becker Avenue Farmers Market Willmar 39 45.7
Market Monday/sartell Winter Market Sartell 40 45.7
Downtown Farmers’ Market Duluth 41 42.9
Centracare Health Family Farmers Market St. Cloud 42 42.9
Stillwater Farmers Market Stillwater 43 42.9
Hibbing Farmers Market Hibbing 44 40.0
City Of Plymouth Farmers Market Plymouth 45 37.1
Marshall Farmers Market Marshall 46 37.1
Farmington Farmers’ Market Farmington 47 34.3
Rogers Farmers Market Rogers 48 34.3
Farmers Market Place Llc Austin 49 28.6
Lincoln Park Farmers Market Duluth 50 22.9
Camden Farmers Market Minneapolis 51 17.1
West Broadway Farmers Market Minneapolis 52 17.1
West Duluth Farmer’s Market Duluth 53 17.1
University Of Minnesota Farmers Market Minneapolis 54 14.3
17th Ave Market Minneapolis 55 11.4
Heritage Commons Farmers Market Minneapolis 56 11.4
Park Avenue Central Neighborhood Fresh Food Market Minneapolis 57 11.4
St. Olaf Community Campus Farmers Market Minneapolis 58 11.4
Ramsey Farmer Market Anoka 59 11.4
Audubon Farmers Market Minneapolis 60 5.7
Children’s Hospital Farmers Market Minneapolis 61 2.9
University Of Minnesota Farmers Market – St. Paul St. Paul 62 2.9
Bass Lake Center Farmers Market Maple Grove 63 2.9
Anoka County Growers/ St. Timothy Church Blaine Blaine 64 2.9
Andover Farmers Market Andover 65 2.9
North Branch Farmers’ Market North Branch 66 2.9
Abbott Northwestern Farmers Market Minneapolis 67 0.0
Augsburg Farmers Market Minneapolis 68 0.0
Brian Coyle Farmers Market Minneapolis 69 0.0
Ebenezer Park Farmers Market Minneapolis 70 0.0
Ebenezer Tower Farmers Market Minneapolis 71 0.0
Farm To Fairview Minneapolis 72 0.0
Farmers Market Annex Minneapolis 73 0.0
Glendale Farmers Market Minneapolis 74 0.0
Seward Tower East Farmers Market Minneapolis 75 0.0
Seward Tower West Farmers Market Minneapolis 76 0.0
South Of Lake Farmers Market Minneapolis 77 0.0
Stevens Square Farmers Market Minneapolis 78 0.0
Walker Place Farmers Market Minneapolis 79 0.0
East St. Paul Farmers Market St. Paul 80 0.0
Highland Park Famrers Market St. Paul 81 0.0
Jackson Plaza Farmers Market St. Paul 82 0.0
Seventh Place Farmers Market St. Paul 83 0.0
Seventh Place Mall Market St. Paul 84 0.0
St. Luke’s Farmers Market St. Paul 85 0.0
St. Cloud Area Farmers Market I St. Cloud 86 0.0
St. Cloud Area Farmers Market Ii St. Cloud 87 0.0
Woodbury Farmers Market Woodbury 88 0.0
Burnsville Farmers Market Ii Burnsville 89 0.0
Lakeville Farmers Market Lakeville 90 0.0
Apple Valley Farmers’ Market Apple Valley 91 0.0
Gardener’s Flea Market Moorhead 92 0.0
Aldrich Arena Farmers Market Maplewood 93 0.0
Inver Grove Heights Farmers Market Inver Grove Heights 94 0.0
Oakdale Farmers Market Oakdale 95 0.0
Rosemount Farmers Market Rosemount 96 0.0
Signal Hill Farmers Market West St. Paul 97 0.0
Anoka County Growers/immaculate Conception Church Columbia Heights 98 0.0
Willmar Farmers Market Willmar 99 0.0
Anoka County Growers Association/ Anoka Market Anoka 100 0.0

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