Grab your leash and pull out your tote bags: Today we’re yappin’ about the seasonal shopping delight 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 local produce at its peak, and pick up tempting edibles and handmade goods.
Before Pup Visits Minnesota Farmers Markets
Woof to the wise: non-retractable leashes are a must, as is a stash of poo bags. Be safe! Bring a mask and 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.
Farmers Markets in Minneapolis
With a new location for 2021, this Victory neighborhood market offers an array of fresh produce, flowers, soaps, honey, food trucks, and more. This black-owned farmers market has a focus on fitness, and will be hosting free on-site fitness classes with partner, Fitness Sisters.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 5-Aug. 28
This downtown farmers market between 6th and 9th St. S. has cheeses, meats, honeys, salsas, and hot sauces, in addition to some of the best dang flowers in town.
Thursdays, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. through Oct. 31
Can’t beat a sunny Saturday at this popular Minneapolis market, where you’ll even find locally made dog treats from Barkley’s Bistro! (Please note: Dogs are not allowed in the train shed, but are allowed in all open-air areas.)
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., May-October
The Linden Hills Market is “back and better” in 2021. With 50+ small businesses selling, and food trucks on-site, you and pup are sure to find plenty to snarf and cronch on.
Sundays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., June 6-October
Farmers Markets in the Suburbs (And Greater Minnesota)
Centennial Lakes Farmers Market (Edina)
Centennial Lakes Park is a gorgeous urban retreat, made even more lush on the eves when 30 vendors set up along its walkways. Some vendors even put out fresh water for the four-leggeds!
Thursdays, 3-7 p.m., June 10-Sept. 30
Pupping up to 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.
Fridays, 2-6 p.m., July-September
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. Note: Only one human shopper per household this season, please.
Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m., June-September
Enjoy fresh flowers, produce, baked goods, and other T-R-E-A-T-S. Plus, you can enter your name for a chance to win a “Vendors Variety Gift Basket!”
Wednesdays, 2-6:30 p.m., June 2-Oct. 13
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.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., May-October
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.
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m., June 12-October
In addition to traditional farm fare, wildflowers and gelato make for a colorful weekday doggy date in this northeast ‘burb.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., June-October
Featured photo: Nathalie De Boever
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