Seeds, green beans and farmers markets mark spring in Minneapolis, St. Paul


Just when you think spring will never come, gardening groups and farmers markets start up, and perhaps give us hope to think that we may have finally seen the last snow flakes for the season.  Starting this weekend, here’s a list of farmers market openings, seed giveaways and more to start the season.

Local Food Resource Hubs

 Gardening Matters started these hubs to help people grow their own food.  Members receive seeds, seedlings, inexpensive classes, discounts on gardening materials etc.  The cost of membership is $10 per household. Community Gardens may become members for $30.

The first distribution of seeds and plants is Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at three locations:

Southside Local Food Resource Hub
Powderhorn Park Building
3400 15th Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55407

Phillips/Ventura Village  Local Food Resource Hub
Saturday, April 30  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Phillips Community Center
2323 South 11th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Northside Local Food Resource Hub
Northpoint Health and Wellness Center
1313 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

For more information:
Gardening Matters  612-821-2358

Frogtown Gardens Community Bean Feed
Saturday April 30, 4-6 PM
West Minnehaha Recreation Center
685 Minnehaha Avenue  St Paul MN

Join the “green beaning of St Paul” and join neighbors for the Community Bean Feed, hosted by Frogtown Gardens and Youth Farm & Market Project.  Organizers say to “come hungry and ready for a delicious meal.”  Bean seeds will be available for take-out, to plant at home.

Farmers Markets

St Paul Farmers’ Market kicks off the regular season on Saturday, April 30, 6:00 am – 1:00 pm.  290 E Fifth Street St Paul MN 55101  651-227-8101. Check St Paul Farmers’ Market website for times and dates of other St. Paul locations.

Minneapolis Farmers Market open the season on Saturday, April 30, 6:00 am – 1:00 pm.
312 E Lyndale Ave N Minneapolis MN 55405 612-333-1718

Kingfield Farmers Market opens with two locations this year:

Sundays at 4310 Nicollet, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, email

Saturdays in the Fulton neighborhood, 49th & Chowen, also from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning May 21. See for info.

Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market will open June 4, but a taste of the market comes earlier, with the annual Community Meeting on May 7th, 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Boniface Church, 7th and University Ave NE in Minneapolis.

If you have more Farmers Market, community garden or other local food news, post an article or email—and keep an eye on our Local Food section all year around.