Thursday marked the start of the second year of something special in Minneapolis.
The East Isles Farmers Market is returning for its second season along The Mall, giving Uptown a weekly market to buy fresh food from regional farmers and cooks.
Heather will be selling pies on Thursday nights at the East Isles Farmer’s Market, starting their opening night, June 13. (That’s the evening farmer's market tucked behind Uptown on the Mall just west of Hennepin, parallel to the bike Greenway.)
The Twin Cities farmers market family continues to grow. The East Isles neighborhood has opened its arms to the “first-ever farmers market on Park Board property,” says farmers market director Debbie Dachis Gold.
Food is the focus at the East Isles Farmers Market, which is midway through its first season on The Mall.
Some of the new vendors are taking advantage of the market’s “pickle booth,” which allows ultra-small purveyors to sell under the state’s Cottage Food law.
Last Thursday, residents of Uptown, local vendors and Minnesotans alike gathered in the Mall Park for the opening night of the East Isles Farmers Market. Located at 1420 The Mall, this market boasts rotating vendors and special events. It's also serving as a pilot program for collaboration with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.
Debbie Dachis Gold has lived in the East Isles neighborhood for 22 years, during which she’s raised vegetables in her flourishing urban garden and cooked up a storm.
The inaugural Thursday night East Isles Farmers Market will feature 26 local food vendors, food trucks and music on The Mall between Hennepin and Humboldt.
The growth in farmers markets, both locally and nationally, has been on an upward trajectory for years. In 1985, the Twin Cities metro area had 20. By 2009, there were more than 50; today, the tally is well into the 60s.