Why Farmers Markets Are Better For the Environment (and Where to Find Your Twin Cities Market)

//Why Farmers Markets Are Better For the Environment (and Where to Find Your Twin Cities Market)

Why Farmers Markets Are Better For the Environment (and Where to Find Your Twin Cities Market)


Farmer’s markets are great spots to help you source locally for food, and if you shop at one — besides buying from and supporting a local farmer — you are helping the environment.

Local can mean different things to different people, depending on where people live, how long their growing season is, and what products they are searching for. Practically speaking, local food production can be thought of in concentric circles that start with growing food at home. Secondly, it includes food that might be grown in the immediate community, either at the regional or national level. For some parts of the year or for some products that thrive in the local climate, it may be possible to buy closer to home. At other times, or for less common products, an expanded reach may be required.

So how does buying local benefit the environment? First, local foods are produced as close to home as possible. Purchasing from local growers supports a more sustainable food system by going beyond the methods used in food production to include every step that brings food from farm to table. Sustainable agriculture incorporates growing methods that are healthy, including reduction of pesticide use, and balances demand based on local needs, involving less environmentally harmful equipment and practices. The most important factor is that growing locally reduces impacts on the environment by decreasing transportation needs.

Small, local farms are run by farmers who live on their land and are dedicated in preserving it. They protect open spaces by keeping land in agricultural use and preserve natural habitats by maintaining forest and wetlands. By being good tenants of the land, seeking out local markets, minimizing packaging, and harvesting food only in season, farmers can significantly reduce their environmental impact. Studies show that sustainable agricultural practices can actually increase food production by up to 80% while at the same time actively reducing the effects of farming on climate change through carbon sequestration.

Find your local farmer’s market:

Andover13655 Round Lake Boulevard3-MayTuesday2pm-6pm
Apple Valley7100 W 147th Street11-JunSaturday8am-1pm
BlaineSt. Timothy’s 85th and Hwy 657-MaySaturday7am-12pm
Bloomington1800 W Old Shakopee Road11-JunSaturday8am-1pm
Brooklyn Park8717 Zan Ave – Zane Sports Park22-JunWednesday2pm-6pm
Buffalo206 Central Ave7-MaySaturday8am-12pm
Burnsville200 Brunsville Parkway18-JunSaturday8am-1pm
ChaskaCity Square Park1-JunWednesday3pm-6pm
Chisago City10656 Railroad Ave20-MayFriday2pm-6:30pm
Eagan1501 Central Parkway1-JunWednesday4pm-8pm
Edina7499 France Ave S16-JunThursday3pm-7pm
Elk River720 Main Street NW2-JunThursday2pm-6pm
ExcelsiorWater Street Downtown Excelsior3-MayTuesday2pm-6pm
Fulton4901 Chowen Ave S21-MaySaturday8:30am-1pm
Golden Valley7800 Goldeb Valley Road19-JunSunday9am-1pm
Hopkins9th Ave18-JunSaturday7:30am-12pm
Inver Grove Heights8055 Barbara Ave E19-JunSunday8am-1pm
Kingfield4310 Nicollet Ave S22-MaySunday8:30am-1pm
Lakeville208th & Holyoke15-JunWednesday12pm-5pm
Maple Grove12951 Weaver Lake Road9-JunThursday3pm-7pm
Maplewood1850 White Bear Ave11-MayWednesday8am-12pm
Midtown2225 East Lake Street7-MaySaturday8am-1pm
Midtown2225 East Lake Street10-MayTuesday3pm-7pm (in June)
Mill City704 S 2nd Street7-MaySaturday8am-1pm
Minneapolis312 East Lyndale Ave16-AprDaily6am-1pm
Minnetonka14600 Minnetonka Boulevard28-JunTuesday3pm-7pm
New Hope8701 36th Ave N18-JunSaturday8am-1pm
Nokomis5167 Chicago Ave S15-JunWednesday4pm-8pm
North Minneapolis718 West Broadway Ave17-JunFriday3pm-7pm
Northeast Minneapolis629 2nd Street NE21-MaySaturday9am-1pm
OsseoCentral Ave & 5th St NE12-JulTuesday3pm-7pm
Plymouth15000 Cty Rd 622-JunWednesday2:30pm-6:30pm
Richfield64th Street & Portland Ave S21-MaySaturday7am-12pm
Rogers12724 Main Street8-JunWednesday3pm-6:30pm
Rosemount13885 S Robert Trail14-JunTuesday1pm-5pm
Roseville2131 Fairview Ave N3-MayTuesday8am-12pm
SavageQuentin & Hwy 135-JunSunday8am-1pm
Shoreview4580 Victoria St N14-JunTuesday3pm-7pm
South St. Paul1151 Southview Boulevard29-JunWednesday2pm-6pm
St. Paul290 E 5th St30-AprSaturday6am-1pm
St. Paul290 E 5th St1-MaySunday8am-1pm
StillwaterThird and Pine11-JunSaturday7:30am-12pm
Waconia101 East Main Street9-JunSaturday4pm-7:30pm
Wayzata301 Promenade Ave12-MayThursday2pm-6pm
West St. Paul1201 S Robert Street17-JunFriday8am-12pm
White Bear LakeDowntown White Bear Lake24-JunFriday8am-12pm
Woodbury2175 Radio Drive12-JunSunday8am-1pm

Times and days subject to change.

By | 2016-05-11T16:24:28+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Going Green Saving Green|0 Comments

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