Skip to main content

Farmers’ Market Hubs: Making Local Food Available to Local Institutions

Kristi Kropp and Sara George take a moment to smile for the camera while accepting deliveries from the local farmers. At Wabasha-Kellogg schools.
Contributed by: Grace Brogan, Renewing the Countryside and Jane Jewett, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Farmers’ Market Hubs in Minnesota are farmers’ markets that have secured food handler licensing from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and are operating as “aggregators.” These nine farmers’ markets are open for wholesale business and could make perfect partners for local institutions, including schools and early care facilities. The hubs collect products from multiple vendors – including farmers but also bakers and crafters – and offer those products for sale. The markets have been operating as aggregators since 2018, with a focus on sales to institutions like schools, early-care facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. The nine farmers’ markets across Minnesota participating in the aggregation project have been funded by Specialty Crop Block Grants to help establish the model:

The markets would like their local institutions to know they are still open for wholesale business! With the arrival of COVID-19 in 2020, the markets pivoted to serve household consumers as well and implemented COVID-19 safety measures at the market, which temporarily consumed much their attention. Now, though, those changes are well in place and with the season advancing and larger quantities of a wider variety of vegetables will soon be available – and the markets stand ready to deliver to wholesale buyers like the community institutions mentioned above.

This summer would be a great time for Summer Food Service, also known as Summer Meals, programs to connect with a farmers’ market hub! Greens, radishes, rhubarb, and asparagus are abundant at many markets right now, with cucumbers and peas coming soon.

Looking ahead to later summer, the markets will have an abundance of sweet corn, tomatoes, string beans, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, and cabbage as school comes back in session. Minnesota produce can be incorporated into menus in a diversity of ways, and our team members are happy to work with your food and nutrition staff as we all learn more about what meal service looks like in the months ahead. Later in the fall, you can expect more cabbage, winter squash, onions, potatoes, carrots, and beets. Kale and other greens are typically available all season long.

Many of the farmers involved in sales through the hub have voluntarily taken produce safety training and developed on-farm food safety plans. The Farmers’ Market Hub project continues to work with U of MN Extension Educator, Annalisa Hultberg, to offer more produce safety training opportunities as more farmers come on board with the online sales.

If you’re a buyer, school nutrition professional, or a local food advocate working with a school, summer food program, or other type of institution, check out the Buyers page on the Farmers’ Market Hub website for more information and links to the markets’ online stores:

Contact our project team members for direct assistance in connecting with a market manager, or for help finding farm-to-school resources:
Sara George, southeast MN:
Kathy Zeman, metro & south metro:
Cecilia Coulter, north metro:   
Jane Jewett, central & northern MN:
Jan Joannides, project leader:
Grace Brogan, Farm to School & Farm to Early Care specialist:
Print Friendly and PDF


  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. farms in school will help students perform agriculture.
    hp envy 5055 setup

  3. It is good to read that people are taking serious for education . It is one of the most important element in life . Book cover design agency uae is also arrange seminar for students and there parents for aware the people for its importance .

  4. This is very useful news for us because we were searching for such food that can get on cheap rates but the food should be quality. thanks for sharing this post. dissertation writing service

  5. With our years of presence in different forms with a single motive to serve students in writing their assignments make us trustworthy and capable, and thus trying the best assignment help service would never give you any disappointment is our guarantee. Our experts have a clear understanding of requirements as per the college scenario, thus they know well what works for which college or university. This recognition makes them more competent in solving students' queries when they come up with the search in mind who can "get my assignment done".

  6. Situs merupakan Situs Penyedia Taruhan Togel Online Terpercaya yang dijamin jitu dan pastinya akan membuat kalian memenangkan pertaruhan dengan cara mudah.

  7. great step, Keep supporting these types of reasons.
    baby girl dresses

  8. Market Rates are getting higher day by day, generally, it is depend on the allowances of fuel and that's why peoples in the majority are going online and start selling their and that's the whole reason I prefer online class takers instead of going outside and get scammed as a once wise man said "the world getting civilized the work is no more a burden for yourself "

  9. The farming looks so good and the fruit are ready to be transport farming is such a good hobby farmers are have such a healthy life style I have visited a village once taken leave from my work eCommerce website designing company and it was such a good experience of my life or I can say the best vacations ever all the foods are so fresh and the waking up dusk spending all day in the fields I really miss those days.

  10. This comment has been removed by the author.

  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

  12. Impressive!Thanks for giving me an idea to my site. Ill be following your works from now on. Hoping for your success. บาคาร่าสด

  13. سیستم های خرید انبارداری و توزیع انواری رستمی,دانلود کتاب سیستم های خرید انبارداری و توزیع انواری رستمی
    nice info thanks This is nice and awesome thanks for share us.Fantastic Blog…I will definitly share your blog with other


Post a Comment