Farmers Market

Introducing the East Isles Farmers Market!

farmersmarket@eastisles.org

The East Isles Farmers Market is now accepting food and food-related vendor applications for our introductory season. The Market will be located on The Mall, beginning at Humboldt and Hennepin Avenues.

A pilot initiative in collaboration with the Minneapolis Park Board, our market will be the first held on park property. With Uptown on one side, The Greenway on another, and East Calhoun Parkway/Lake of the Isles just down the block on the west, the East Isles Farmers Market location is a trifecta for residents, visitors and potential vendors.

Market Season: June 28 – October 4, 2018
Time: Thursday evenings 4PM – 8PM
(No Market on August 2. Instead, please come to the Uptown Art Fair)

Come grow with us! We are offering an introductory, flat rate vendor rental fee, partially subsidized by the Park Board. Full or partial season commitments available.

Please Join Us. Applications for the 2018 summer market will be closing on April 30th.
Vendor application

 

Do you need a permit? In order to be a vendor at our market, you may need a seasonal food permit from the City of Minneapolis. Check here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/groups/public/@regservices/documents/webcontent/convert_260253.pdf

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If you are a vendor that wishes to participate please complete this form:

Vendor application

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http://www.southwestjournal.com/news/neighborhoods/2018/03/east-isles-plans-a-new-farmers-market-for-the-mall/

East Isles plans a new farmers market for The Mall

The Mall between Hennepin and Humboldt avenues will host a new farmers market.

The Mall between Hennepin and Humboldt avenues will host a new farmers market.

A farmers market is in development for the green space on The Mall west of Hennepin Avenue.

The East Isles Residents Association is closing in on tentative plans for an evening weekday market of about 40 food-focused vendors to launch this summer.

The “heart and soul” of the market is fresh food from local sources, said Debbie Gold, an East Isles resident and board member leading the effort.

The weekly market would span at least one block between Hennepin and Humboldt, with the possibility of expanding to a second block if needed. Target market dates are mid-June through September.

The East Isles Residents Association is working through the red tape to launch a pilot project with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which has never permitted a recurring  farmers market on park property before. The pilot dovetails with the Park Board’s urban agriculture initiative, which aims to boost access to healthy food in the parks.

Permits Manager Shane Stenzel said the Park Board has always said no to famers markets in the past, but this concept is appealing because it’s coming from a neighborhood group. He said The Mall is also an appealing location because of its access to transit. Cross streets would remain open, he said.

“It is pretty exciting,” he said. “Who knows, down the road we may add opportunities for farmers markets in other parts of the city.”

The East Isles neighborhood has worked in recent years to highlight The Mall, making plans to add trial gardens, replace benches and install chess tables. The farmers market would further those efforts, Gold said.

“It’s about calling attention to The Mall, about community building, and bringing fresh and local produce into the neighborhood,” she said.

The EIRA’s next step involves hiring a market manager. The cost to the neighborhood isn’t yet certain, but the board is seeking co-sponsors to help cover costs that include city licensing fees, signage and marketing. EIRA is not looking to profit from the market, but rather provide a service and create profits for vendors, Gold said.

An Uptown Farmers Market operated from 2009-2012 at the Intermedia Arts parking lot and on 29th Street between Lyndale and Dupont avenues. Organizers attributed the closure of that market to high rent, slow business and dwindling volunteers.

The East Isles neighborhood came close to seeing a new farmers market in the mid-90s. Resident Steve Havig remembers hashing out the idea with an Isles Bun & Coffee customer from the University of Minnesota’s 4-H program. They received approval from the condominium association at 1425 W. 28th St. to hold a market in the building’s parking lot. But at a time when farmers markets were less common, Havig said they couldn’t secure a market insurance policy, and the idea fizzled.

“I think insurance stops a lot of good ideas,” he quipped. “…Having a farmers market on The Mall is going to be spectacular.”

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Interested vendors or market managers can contact: farmersmarket@eastisles.org

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http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/new-farmers-market-in-the-works-for-east-isles-a-first-for-minneapolis-public-parks/476854583

New farmers market in the works for East Isles, a first for Minneapolis’ public parks

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This is a photo from the Kingfield Farmers Market, which already exists. But East Isles’ might look a lot like it! Isaac Hale, Star Tribune

Grab your totes and dust off those Tevas: Farmers market season is almost upon us, and this year, you might have a new one to check out in the East Isles neighborhood.

The Southwest Journal has reported that The East Isles Residents Association is wrapping up plans for an outdoor market that would bring roughly 40 fresh, locally focused food vendors to the green space on the block between Hennepin and Humbolt on weekday evenings. It’s a pretty densely packed part of town, which would likely make it a huge hit with neighbors.

There’s just one catch: The EIRA is working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the board has never before allowed anyone to host a recurring farmers market on park property.

Which, a little hard to believe, no? Aren’t parks kind of ready-made market hosts? Here’s what the Journal had to say about that:

Permits Manager Shane Stenzel said the Park Board has always said no to farmers markets in the past, but this concept is appealing because it’s coming from a neighborhood group. He said The Mall is also an appealing location because of its access to transit. Cross streets would remain open, he said.

“It is pretty exciting,” he said. “Who knows, down the road we may add opportunities for farmers markets in other parts of the city.”

Anyway, it’s a pilot project, but the hope is to have it up and running this summer, maybe as soon as mid-June. The EIRA still has to hire a market manager, and they’re looking for co-sponsors to help pay for things like licensing fees and promotion.

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