Farmers’ Market Annex: For Whatever the Farmer’s Market Doesn’t Carry

More open-air street fair than strict farmers’ market, the Farmers’ Market Annex runs like a European bazaar. Row after row of farmers hawk local, organic produce alongside arts and crafts vendors who offer everything the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market does not have.

That excites me. I’m an arts and crafts fair lover, so the ceramics, clothes, fine arts, metal sculptures, self-watering growing containers all thrilled me. And the jewelry—oh, the jewelry! Why would anyone buy manufactured jewelry from a department store when they can buy individual funky glass-and-antique-watch-part creations from an artist at the Annex?

The Farmers Market Annex is next door to the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, but it is a privately run collection of businesses. In addition to the farmers’ market on weekends, the Annex features Market Flowers, which specializes in what the owner calls DIY bouquets. Whether you need a bouquet on your coffee table or a full set of flowers at near-wholesale prices to do your own wedding arrangements, Market Flowers offers its wares from May through October, plus Valentine’s Day.

I particularly enjoyed a stroll through the Urban Garden, where lush outdoor living spaces designed by some of the Twin Cities’ best provide respite from the July heat. The Urban Garden showcases landscaping materials, designs, and ideas.

Farmers’ Market Annex: For Whatever the Farmer’s Market Doesn’t Carry

Morel Mushrooms at the Farmers Market Annex

A bowl of luscious morel mushrooms on display at the Annex. Yum!

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More open-air street market than strict farmers’ market, the Farmers’ Market Annex runs like a European bazaar. In the open-air street market, row after row of farmers hawk their local, organic produce alongside the arts and crafts vendors that offer everything the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market does not have.

That’s what excites me. I’m an arts and crafts fair lover, so the ceramics, clothes, fine arts, metal sculptures, even self-watering growing containers, all thrilled me. And the jewelry—oh, the jewelry! I can’t find any reason to buy manufactured jewelry from a department store when I can buy individual funky glass-and-antique-watch-part creations from an artist at the Annex.

Next to the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, but distinct from it, the Farmers Market Annex is a privately run collection of businesses. In addition to the farmers’ market on weekends, the Annex features Market Flowers, which specializes in what the owner calls DIY bouquets. Whether you need a bouquet on your coffee table or a full set of flowers at near-wholesale prices to do your own wedding arrangements, Market Flowers offers its wares from May through October, plus Valentine’s Day. (Of course. What self-respecting flower provider would be closed on Valentine’s Day?)

I particularly enjoyed a stroll through the Urban Garden, which showcases landscaping materials, designs, and ideas. Lush outdoor living spaces designed by some of the Twin Cities’ best provide a pleasant respite from shopping the farmers’ market in the heat of July.


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