August 2, 2019

A week-long celebration of locally grown, fresh food begins Sunday, August 4 as National Farmers Market Week kicks off with a public event at the historic Saint Paul Farmers’ Market.

Governor Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen will join partners from the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association and Minnesota Farmers Union at the downtown farmers market for fun and food, emceed by Olympic athlete and Minnesota Grown spokeswoman Carrie Tollefson.

“Fresh, locally grown food from farmers markets in 190 cities and towns throughout Minnesota is a key element of those communities’ health,” Petersen said. “We’re happy to connect people with those markets through the Minnesota Grown Directory, which helps customers quickly find the one closest to them.”

National Farmers Market Week (August 4-10) is a yearly celebration sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system and gives local markets the opportunity to showcase the meaningful impacts they make in their communities.

The event is free and open to the public, and will include games, contests, and activities for guests throughout the morning.

More than 190 local farmers markets are listed in the MDA’s Minnesota Grown Directory, available in print or online at

Order your free printed Directory online at or call 1-800-657-3878.

Event details:

  • Who: Governor Tim Walz and Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen
  • When: Sunday, August 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: St. Paul Farmers’ Market (290 5th Street East in downtown Saint Paul)


Media Contact
Larry Schumacher, MDA Communications