About the Market
At Northeast Farmers Market, our mission is to create an enjoyable shopping experience that customers of all ages can enjoy. Since 2000, we’ve provided the Minneapolis community with quality products at very attractive prices. We have something to suit everyone’s taste! Our Farmers' Market is home to a number of local professionals who go above and beyond to give back to the community through the products they offer.
The Northeast Farmers Market adds to the livability of the neighborhood by providing a welcoming and accessible community market and gathering place. We contribute to the success of local growers and producers and foster sustainability in the Northeast community.
The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market (NEFM), notably the first community-based farmers markets in the city, is a non-profit organization that was started in 2000 as a gathering place to raise funds and community support for the Eastside Food Co-op (EFC). The market was designed to be a way for the co-op to help build relationships with growers, meat producers, and neighborhood associations and organizations.
When EFC opened its storefront in 2003, the NEFM became its own entity and was supported by the neighborhood and local businesses. Being the closest market for many northern suburbs, the NEFM was able to provide a broad range of services to the community. We provide a weekly space for local non-profit organizations, children’s activities, and live music. Four annual fundraising events have flourished throughout the years, making the NEFM a place for our guests to celebrate the summer and fall seasons and the community spirit of the market.
The NEFM seeks to reflect the neighborhood in which we are located and make quality food and experiences available to people of all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic positions. Along with a focus on sustainability and building a zero waste environment, the NEFM is dedicated to bringing local and organic food choices into the community and will continue to be a vibrant piece of Northeast Minneapolis.
NEFM was named by City Pages as one of the top ten farmers markets in the Twin Cities, top five by Minnesota Monthly, and one of the best farmers markets in America by The Daily Meal.
The NEFM strives to be a Zero Waste market. Zero Waste means all materials are reused, recycled, or composted, resulting in no waste being sent to the landfill/incinerator.
The market requests vendors to do their part to support our zero waste goal. NEFM prohibits the use of styrofoam and encourages everyone to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.
Zero Waste Highlights:
In 2019 we composted 3,100 lbs, recycled 590 lbs and threw away 340 lbs.
We partner with a Master Recycler/Composter to provide outreach and education at the market.
All market events are advertised as successfully run zero waste events.
How the Program Works:
Waste stations are provided at the market, each with three bins: Recycling, Compost/Organics and a small bin for trash.
A large banner is displayed at the stations explaining what can be put in the recycling, compost and trash bins.
All on-site staff are educated on what can be recycled and composted. Staff is available throughout the market days to monitor bins, which greatly reduces contamination of bins.
Where does the recycling and compost go?
Recycling is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility where items are sorted, bailed and shipped for reprocessing into new products.
Compost/Organics are taken to an industrial compost site where the materials breakdown into nutrient-rich soil.
Looking to reduce your waste? Here are some helpful links: