The Midtown Farmers Market was founded by the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization in 2003 with the help of many community partners and volunteers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Today’s open-air farmers market is the result of their vision to create a public marketplace at the transportation hub created by the Hiawatha light rail station at Lake Street/Midtown. We are currently located at Moon Palace Books. Each year over 55,000 people visit the market. In 2006, it was the first Minnesota farmers market to accept SNAP-EBT.
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (May through October)
Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (June through October)
- Eat up! 7 transit-friendly farmers markets in msp. The Line. May 5, 2015.
- More farmers markets for Minneapolis. Minnesota Daily. May 4, 2015.
- 'Eco-village' to replace symbol of neglect on Lake Street, Hiawatha. MPR News. May 2, 2015.
- Rosenblum: Midtown Farmers Market deserves some permanency. Star Tribune. September 4, 2013.
- School district aims to preserve farmers market on for-sale land. MPR News. September 2, 2010.
- Midtown gives some folks new reason to buy healthful foods. Star Tribune. June 24, 2010.
The purpose of the Advisory Committee of the Midtown Farmers Market is to support market staff in identified areas of need including fundraising, communications, operations, outreach and partnerships, and on-site support. Meetings will occur on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at the CNO office (3451 Cedar Ave S).
Who can participate? Membership is open to all individuals. A member recruitment group will be formed in July of each year consisting of current committee members to identify and recruit for new members with skills and experience needed in the group.
Current Priorities of the Midtown Farmers Market: (adopted by CNO Board on 3/12/15)
Communications – Develop and implement a communications plan and strategies for communicating with customers, vendors and community members regarding the interim market site.
Outreach and Partnerships – Update existing sponsorship and volunteer recruitment guidelines, tools and strategies in order to better engage and attract financial supporters, community partner and volunteers.
Operations – Recruit vendors according to needs of the market as stated by the Market Manager, develop vendor engagement strategy and vendor market evaluations.
Fundraising – Work with and support the Market Manager in all fundraising activities including: annual fundraiser and Rail Station event, spring mailing, Carrot Box and #FeedtheCarrot, Give to the Max Day and individual donations.
For more information and questions about the committee, contact Alicia D. Smith at Alicia@corcoranneighborhood.org or 612-724-7457. The Committee Chair from the CNO Board of Directors is Mike Novak.