The West Broadway Farmers Market has announced its much anticipated second season. This year, the market moves to a new location, the parking lot of Hawthorne Crossings, 900 West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis, near the intersection of Bryant and West Broadway. Market hours are Fridays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, with the season running from June 15th to October 19th. The West Broadway Farmers Market is a project of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC).
Produce vendors at the Farmers Market during the 2011 season.
The West Broadway Farmers Market Committee met throughout the off season to refine the mission of the market for the 2012 season; The West Broadway Farmers Market increases healthy food access, promotes economic development among Northsiders, and cultivates a dynamic gathering space for community members, visitors, and businesses.
To fulfill this mission and build upon last season’s successes, the market will feature many Northside produce, art, and specialty vendors. During its inaugural season last year, the market boosted economic development in the community by providing an accessible selling space for new entrepreneurs and businesses. Northside residents or business owners made up 63 percent of all market vendors. This season, the market looks forward to growing the number of Northside vendors at the market and welcoming the many returning vendors. Look for new Northside vendors such as Mississippi Mushrooms and the Northside Arts Collective as well as returning Northside businesses such as Artist Angela Davis, Bouquets 'N Such Floral Gifts, Grass Root Growers, and Project Sweetie Pie. Several non-Northside vendors will add additional variety and choice to the market this season.
Beyond hosting wonderful products for purchase, the West Broadway Farmers Market is a positive and vibrant community gathering space. Last year, the market hosted over 107 programs, most done in collaboration with over 40 community partners. This season, special events and programs will occur each market day. These events will include cooking demonstrations, exercise activities, art activities for all by local artists, live music and performances, and more. In addition, each week, all who walk or bike to the market can enter to win a $25 voucher for market goods. The West Broadway Farmers Market gladly accepts EBT and will double EBT card holders’ first $5 spent each market day (funding is provided by Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota).
A Northside youth practicing the hula hoop.
Vendors will be selling a variety of MN and Northside grown produce throughout the season. Stop by each week for new and different goods as the changing season will brings new produce items. Produce appearing throughout the season will include greens, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, onions, peas, green tomatoes, okra, oriental vegetables, potatoes, cabbage, summer squash, zucchini, kohlrabi, carrots, watermelon, spinach, berries, apples and pumpkins. Each market day extraordinary chefs will showcase their sweet bread, hand-mixed spices, and homemade jams while talented local artists display flower bouquets, paintings, greeting cards, jewelry, and specialty onesies.