Minnesota, August 8, 2022— A new comprehensive map of farmers’ markets across Minnesota has been developed by the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association (MFMA), plotting 346 markets across the state from Baudette to Mabel and Hendricks to Grand Marais.
The official release of this map coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week (NFMW), this week, August 7-13, 2022. NFMW is a week proclaimed by the USDA to celebrate farmers’ markets across the county. Governor Tim Walz has also declared this week Farmers’ Market Week in Minnesota, in conjunction with NFMW. The MFMA map is up and operating, and an impressive display of the number and significance of markets across Minnesota: https://www.mfma.org/farmers-
“We have needed a comprehensive map of all markets in Minnesota for a very long time,” stated Kathy Zeman, MFMA Executive Director. “This map is phenomenal. For the first time, Minnesota residents across the state can find a complete listing of all the state’s markets in one location.”
According to MFMA staff this project took time and tenacity. “We did it the old-fashioned way,” says MFMA’s Economic Opportunity VISTA Maeve Mallozzi-Kelly who led the project. “I picked up the phone and called nearly every city office or chamber of commerce across the state, and documented every market I could find. We are continuing to add and update information to this map daily, so it will continue to get better and more robust.”
The map is powered by the software platform Marketspread, an online management company which offers a variety of tools for farmers’ markets, and event management. The map includes information on location, dates and times of operation, programs offered at the markets.
A listing on this map is offered to all Minnesota farmers’ markets free-of-charge as a service by MFMA. For people wanting to visit a farmers’ market in Minnesota while on vacation, visiting family, or traveling for work, finding one is now a lot easier. “Farmers’ markets promote community, provide a low-barrier entry point for small and mid-sized farmers, and play a vital role in our local foodshed,” adds Zeman. “We want to support farmers and makers, build community, and showcase Minnesota. Farmers’ markets do all of that and more.”
MFMA is requesting that market operators across Minnesota check the map to verify their market is listed, and have a market representative officially claim their market to ensure the most accurate information possible. To add or update map information, contact Maeve Mallozzi-Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-310-5553.
About the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association
The Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association (MFMA) provides services, programs, and leadership that support and promote farmers’ markets across Minnesota. The organization works to foster a community of vibrant, profitable and professionally managed Minnesota farmers’ markets that cultivate, nourish and inspire a vibrant local foods landscape. The MFMA vision is to create greater accessibility to local, farm-fresh foods and to allow opportunities for local food producers to thrive and grow.