Midtown Farmers Market kicks off 18th season on May 1

The Midtown Farmers Market, a project of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, will open on May 1, 2021, for the 18th season. Shoppers can expect more vendors than in 2020, but many of the 2020 safety precautions will still be in place.

“We are trying to balance safety and community.” said Keeya Allen, Manager of the Midtown Farmers Market, “With more and more community members getting vaccinated, we know some people will want to jump in with both feet. We want people to have fun, but still need people to mask up and stay safe until we know we’re really out of the woods”

What will be the same is the community spirit of the market. It will be a place to gather, to nourish, and to heal. “We only closed one week last season” says Molly Fleming, the Midtown Farmers Market Assistant Manager “We are committed to bringing people together and letting them be in community, no matter the weather, a global pandemic, or civil unrest”

Saturdays at the Midtown Farmers Market run from 8 am to 1 pm, May through October. Tuesday evening markets will be from 3 pm to 7 pm, June through October. Shoppers can expect to see Minnesota and Wisconsin small farmers, fresh artisanal foods, handmade crafts, small and local businesses, and so much more. This will be Midtown Farmers Market’s last year in the Moon Palace Books location before moving back to a redesigned market plaza at Lake and Hiawatha in 2022.

This year, Midtown Farmers Market is relaunching its Try It! Program to better support historically marginalized communities and youth – prioritizing Twin Cities residents who identify as having low-income, are Black, indigenous, and/ or people of color, identify as women, trans, femme, or gender non-binary. The goal is to help emerging entrepreneurs explore whether or not becoming a market vendor is a good fit for them. Like to shop your values? Be sure to watch for these new-to-the-market vendors who pop up a few times during the season!

The mission of the Midtown Farmers Market is to create a vibrant forum in South Minneapolis that connects community residents and nearby rural food producers in a mutually beneficial economic and cultural exchange.

—Information provided by the Midtown Farmers Market.