We have finally entered into the season for Farmers Markets. I can appreciate all the hard work the growers have put into their locally-grown produce or handmade products. There is something to say about homemade jams and jellies or farm fresh eggs. PLUS you are supporting local businesses! I've tracked down the top-9 area farmers markets and put together this list in no particular order.

You can find a farmers market near you using the Minnesota Grown Directory

 

  • 1

    Faribault Farmers Market

    The Faribault Farmers market runs on two different days during the summer months. Saturdays from 7am-Noon June through October and then on Wednesdays 1:30 - 5 pm July through September.

  • 2

    Northfield Area Farmers Market

    Riverside Park on 7th St. Tue & Fri 11:45a, Sat 9a.

    This is just one of two farmers markets to be held in Northfield, with the second farmers market being held in Historic Downtown Northfield on Bridge Square. Jun 2-Oct 20: Sat 9a-1p. Closed 9/8 for Defeat of Jesse James Days.

  • 3

    Lakeville Farmers Market

    Located at 20851 Holyoke in downtown Lakeville and runs Wednesdays Noon-5p from Jun 13-Oct 31,  and Saturdays 9a-1p Jun 23-Sep 29.

  • 4

    Zumbrota Farmers Market

    The Zumbrota Farmers Market runs Tuesdays from 4pm - 8pm in East Park.

  • 5

    Mantorville Farmers Market

    The market is held on Tuesdays 10a-5p, rain or shine, at the  Riverside Park Parking Lot. The market runs from May-Oct.

  • 6

    Veterans Harvest Market - Prior Lake

    Veterans Harvest Market is a unique market: while you shop to support local growers & artisan vendors, you also support veteran suicide prevention & family support programs. Market proceeds benefit local non-profits providing this support. The market runs Thursdays 4-7pm from mid-June - mid-Oct.

  • 7

    Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

    The Rochester Downtown Farmers Market is unique due to it's two different locations depending on the day of the week. The Saturday market runs 7:30a - 12p May through October at 401 4th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

    The Wednesday market runs from 2p - 6p June through September at 901 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN 55902.

  • 8

    Albert Lea Farmers Market

    Much like the Rochester farmer markets, there are two locations you need to know depending on the day. The market is open Wednesdays 3:30-5:30p in downtown Albert Lea corner of N Broadway Ave & Fountain St. and Saturdays 9a-Noon in Northbridge Mall parking lot.

     

  • 9

    Farmers Market - Austin

    This is one of these most open markets in the area. The farmers market is located in front of Shopko on 18th Ave NW just off I-90. The market is open rain or shine May 15-Oct 30: Mon 4-6p, Thu 4-6p & Sat 9a-Noon.