The Mankato Farmers Market has been in Mankato for over 40 years. They started it in a little Plaza right off Riverfront. The space was crowded and over flow vendors went along the street. With more people wanted to participate in the Farmers’ Market space became an issue and the group was moved up the hill, Madison Avenue, and we relocated in the parking lot of Madison East . Lots of room to expand and grow. Many years were spent at Madison East.
In the early years when the carnival came to town on one Saturday the whole market had to move to the other side of the parking lot. We have become watchers of weather, some bad but mostly good. Early in the season it would be cold and late in the fall it could freeze vegetables on our tables, but we still came. New rules were set up, new market managers hired always trying to give to this community a better market, better produce and products. Now we are located at the Best Buy parking lot. A new place with even more new vendors, products and of course, more vegetables.
Over the years we have seen many vendors come and go. We would like to recognize Dean and Dee Pietch for 38 Years with the Farmers’ Market. We have lost Evelyne Belgard but she was still vending when she was 90. New babies have come along, grown up at the market, and now are a part of the business for Denny Guldan and his son Tim. Fine bakers are at the market along with gifted artisans. From old town we had rug makers, home made knives, food items, lots of vegetables. Just like today working to bring you lots of fresh produce, gifts made with care, food made with the high quality you have come to expect. We are happy to still be in business, serving the Mankato community. Come and join us to celebrate a new year at the Mankato Farmers’ Market.
Why Shop at the Market?
Shopping at and supporting the farmers’ market circulates money within our community, helping to keep it strong. Local farmers and artisans at the market continue to help our community thrive by recirculating your wisely spent dollars.
Vendors at our market are required to make or produce their goods wholly or substantially from within 40 miles of Mankato. This stipulation keeps food miles, waste, and resource use to a minimum. They believe in healthy soils, foods, and families, practices that positively affect our community.
Raising heirloom variety plants and heritage breed animals supports vendors’ ideals of promoting biodiversity and strengthening our local food security.
About Our Market
- The main outdoor Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from the first Saturday in May through October. Hours are 8:00 am – noon.
- The Mankato Farmers’ Market is also open Tuesday & Thursday from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm June-October. The market is located at 1895 Adams Street in the Best Buy parking lot. Check the Google map for complete directions.
- All of the Mankato Farmers’ Market vendors are local growers or artisans who live and farm/garden within 40 miles of Mankato, MN.
- No pets are allowed in the Market vending areas (except service animals). It is the law!
- We are a Smoke-Free Event.
- There is plenty of free parking stalls within a one-block radius of the Best Buy parking lot.
- Credit cards are accepted. To use a credit card, please stop by the market shed. Transacted amounts are in $5 dollar increments. There is a small processing fee added to the total. Tokens will be given for use at any Mankato Farmers’ Market vendor stall. If needed, change in US Currency will be given.
- The Mankato Farmer’s Market also accepts SNAP/EBT cards. Click the EBT tab on the top of the page for further information.
- Need a creative gift idea? How about some Mankato Farmers’ Market tokens? These tokens are good for the entire season and can be used at any of our vendors.
Fun for the Family…
“Fun 4 Kids” Area
Every Saturday, we will have some great things available for the kids. They may include games, art projects, and educational opportunities. Many times there are special guests that join the fun and are free of charge. Please check our calendar of events or our Facebook page for things that we are planning!
Your Farmers’ Market
- Builds healthy communities
- Supports our local economy
- Good for family farmers and artisans
- Builds healthy families
- Good for the environment
- Volunteers are welcome
- Internships available for MSU
- Non-profit support space available
- Space available for entertainers
(musicians, artists, actors, writers,
- Farmers’ market vouchers are
available at county services and food
banks for seniors, families, and
children who need support