Today we’re yappin’ about the seasonal shopping experience known as the farmers market, and the only thing that makes this harvest hunt better is having a furry pal by your side while you sniff out the scene, paw-ruse produce at its peak, and pick up other tempting edibles and handmade goods.
Woof to the wise: non-retractable leashes are a must as is a stash of poo bags. Be safe! Bring a supply of water, take time to seek out shade on steamy days, and for the love of dog, do not hit the pavement if the temp is intolerable for pupper paws.
Without further a-doo, here are the Twin Cities’ dog-friendly farmers markets where you can support the local lot with your pup in tow:
AUDUBON FARMERS MARKET | Thursdays from 4-7 p.m., June 13 through September 26
Farmers from around the Twin Cities bring fruit, jam, vegetables, flowers, and more to this farmers market, which is located in the parking lot of the Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church.
CAMDEN FARMERS MARKET | Thursdays from 3-7 p.m., June 6 through October 10
Located in the Victory neighborhood, this market offers dog treats (first things first!) in addition to fresh produce, flowers, soaps, honey, food trucks, and more.
FOUR SISTERS FARMERS MARKET | Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning June 6
This smaller market offers fresh produce and other healthy foods. Food trucks and musical guests join in on the fun, too!
LINDEN HILLS FARMERS MARKET | Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 19 through October 27
If you’re into “produce, proteins, pretty posies + perfect potables,” you and your pup will love this market. They also have doggy water bowls on site, treats for sale and for sampling, and a resident market dog named Jager.
MILL CITY FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 26
In addition to yummy local fare, you can get in on cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, adult education on seasonal produce, live music, and more. Note: dogs are permitted only in the uncovered Chicago Mall area of this market.
MINNEAPOLIS FARMERS MARKET (Downtown Government Center)| Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 29
This historic market’s a fave for local workers — and local pups and peeps livin’ it up in this fine city.
MINNEAPOLIS FARMERS MARKET (Nicollet Mall)| Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 31
This downtown farmers market between 6th and 9th St. S. is a working-pawfessional fave. In addition to freshy-fresh produce, it also has cheeses, meats, honeys, salsas, hot sauces, and other noms on paw, in addition to some of the best dang flowers in town.
NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 18 through October 19
This award-winning market has been growing like a weed, and recently added food trucks, booths for local nonprofit orgs, children’s activities, and live music to its traditional lineup.
TINY DINER FARMERS MARKET | Thursdays from 5-8 p.m., July 11 through August 29
You’ll find local produce, artisan bread, fresh eggs, live music, and more. When your shopping’s done, pop over for a beer on Tiny Diner’s dog-friendly patio.
SAINT LUKE’S FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 15 through October 5
This spacious spot welcomes pups to slurp from water dishes while their humans shop produce, honey, beef, baked goods, and more.
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BROOKLYN PARK FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m., July 10 through October 9
Produce, breads, jams, crafts, and more are available from the friendly farmers who frequent this north-side nabe.
CENTENNIAL LAKES FARMERS MARKET (Edina) | Thursdays from 3-7 p.m., June 6 through September 26
Centennial Lakes Park is a gorgeous urban retreat, made even more lush on the eves when 30 vendors set up along its walkways. Fruits and veggies, sure — but also meat, honey, jams, confections, and more. Some vendors even put out fresh water for the four-leggeds.
CHISAGO CITY FARMERS MARKET | Fridays from 2-6 p.m., June 7 through September 27
Pupping up Duluth or the North Shore for the weekend? Stop fur a variety of fresh products from local growers and artisans. You’ll also be treated to live music, cooking demos, and activities for two-legged kids in tow.
EAGAN MARKET FEST | Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m., June 5 through August 28 (no market on July 3)
In addition to more than 55 market vendors, this sunny South Metro festival hosts theme nights and live concerts where you can embarrass your pup by partaking in a dance party when you’re done with your shopping.
HOPKINS FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 15 through October 26
Just off Main Street, Hopkins Farmers Market proudly provides the community with the locally grown produce, meats, poultry, cheeses, artisan products, and handmade goods. This year, Pet Wants and Hunt & Gather Pet Treats will also be in attendance, so you and your dog can stock up on some pup-notch treats and toys!
MARKET IN THE VALLEY (Golden Valley) | Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 16 through October 6
This farmers market’s motto is “play hard, eat veggies” — count us in. On paw: produce, eggs, honey, crafts, live music, and more.
NEW BRIGHTON FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., June 19 through October 2
It’s dog-friendly all season, but don’t miss this market’s annual Dog Days of Summer Event in August, which features a dog-washing booth, no-cost nail clipping, and more.
OAKDALE FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., June 5 through September 5
Enjoy fresh flowers, produce, baked goods, and other T-R-E-A-T-S.
PRIOR LAKE FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., May 14 through October 26
This market has it all: produce, art, coffee, live music, bistro seating, and more. Woof to the wise: some of its vendors have been known to dispense dog treats, too.
STILLWATER MINNESOTA FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 8 through October 26
SWD insiders have long known that Stillwater’s a happenin’ spot for dog lovers; now you and the pup can add the city’s farmers market to your summer bark-et list. Pro tip: The Sunshine Barkery sells homemade dog treats that your pup can try before you buy.
WHITE BEAR LAKE FARMERS MARKET | Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 28 through October 25
In addition to traditional farm fare, wildflowers and gelato make for a colorful weekday doggy date in this northeast ‘burb.
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