The Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association
The Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association is a member-based, nonprofit association with over 200 members. Our members directly market their fruits, vegetables and farmstead products at the Minneapolis Farmers Market to consumers.
The CMVGA manages, educates and assists in improving production methods and direct-marketing strategies for its members through related partnerships with the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Grown Promotional Board.
The CMVGA members use a wide variety of sustainable growing practices spanning from greenhouse and hydroponics, to fields of fruits and vegetables along with improved practices for the production of farmstead goods.
The CMVGA is dedicated to the success of its farmers markets, the future of small farms and agriculture, and most importantly, providing quality to customers.
A Rich, Storied History Continues to Grow
At the Minneapolis Farmers Market, we take great pride in our longstanding history. Since our Lyndale Market opened back in 1937, we’ve been a source for fresh produce and products for people all over the Twin Cities area.
Our roots in the Twin Cities actually run even deeper and longer. Minneapolis’ outdoor Fruit and Vegetable Market – the precursor of today’s Market – opened in 1876 at the corner of First Street and Hennepin Avenue. It was one of the few sources of fresh produce in the area at the time. The market drew customers and vendors from up to 20 miles away – and that’s no quick trip when you’re traveling by horse and cart.
While the first market closed in 1891, a second one opened at Third Avenue North and Sixth and Seventh Streets, drawing over 400 vendors from as far away as 60 miles. Thanks to those vendors and investors who funded nearby produce warehouses and wholesale outlets, Minneapolis grew to be one of the top fruit distribution centers in the United States in the early 1900s.
By the early 1930s, the Third Avenue market had outgrown its location. And in 1937, our current Market opened at Lyndale and Glenwood Avenue North, marked by the three signature red sheds that still cover our Market.
Today, we support about 230 vendors who alternate the use of our 170 stalls. And since outgrowing our downtown location over 80 years ago, we’ve added the Nicollet Mall Market, bringing us back to where it all began.