There are nearly 30farmers markets and mini-markets operating in Minneapolis in 2018. The Farmers Markets of Minneapolis collaborative officially formed in early 2017. Current activities include collaborative metrics collection, marketing, technical assistance and other collaborative opportunities to build a more connected, accessible and effective market system, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and other market champions. The collaborative welcomes and encourages all markets to participate.
A leadership and planning team is coordinating the efforts, comprised of five market managers, the Homegrown Minneapolis/Local Food Policy Coordinator Tamara Downs Schwei, and University of Minnesota Applied Economics faculty Hikaru Peterson and researcher Joe Nowak. Market Managers in the leadership team include: Martha Archer (Mill City Farmers Market), Emily Lund (Neighborhood Roots Markets -- Fulton, Kingfield & Nokomis), Kate Sheldon (Midtown Farmers Market), Pat Nelson (Minneapolis Lyndale and Government Center Plaza Markets) and DeVon Nolen (West Broadway Farmers Market). Additional partners current include Kristen Klingler (Minneapolis Health Department), Tabitha Fischer (Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department), Claire Baglien (Minneapolis Food Policy Program Aide), Mai Yang (Minneapolis Health Department), Helene Murray (University of MN MISA), Ann Fix (NEON), Kathy Zeman (MFMA), MDA Minnesota Grown team, Beth Dooley, David Nicholson and many others.
Funding and in-kind support
City of Minneapolis, Funders Network, General Mills Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, McKnight Foundation, MN Dept. of Agriculture, MN Dept. of Health Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, University of MN, USDA