Minnesota Farmers' Market Association 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The recent partial closure of MN bars/restaurants does not include Minnesota Farmers' Markets. Communication from Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture, Thom Petersen, has confirmed from Governor attorneys that farmers' markets are exempt from this executive order, provided they do not offer onsite consumption of food. 

While farmers' markets are encouraged to stay open, alternate delivery modes, such as drive through markets, are encouraged. All possible protections should be taken. Food sampling is banned and should be immediately suspended.

Plans to follow social distancing of 6 feet need to be in place. Hand-washing stations need to be available and utilized abundantly.

Farmers' markets are an essential part of food access in Minnesota. The ability to provide fresh, local, healthy food has never been more important than it is right now! At MFMA, we are committed to helping our markets remain open. We care deeply about the communities these markets serve. We will continue to provide resources, ideas, and information to support markets throughout this pandemic and assist in creating a new foundation as they develop innovative layouts, guidelines, and operating procedures to ensure the safety of all customers, producers, and staff.  


Invites to upcoming MFMA webinars and recordings of recent webinars related to COVID-19 and more 


Frequently asked questions from market vendors and staff related  to COVID-19 and Minnesota Farmers' Markets

Guidance for Markets

MFMA guidance for Minnesota farmers' markets and vendors during COVID-19

Food Regulations 

Information for Minnesota farmers' markets regarding regulations on pre-ordering and online sales

Messaging & How-tos

Information on market layouts, messaging, signage, hand-washing stations, and links to other resources.

Stay Safe Minnesota

Tip for shoppers on how to stay safe and what to expect at markets this season.


  •  Fox 9 - April 30th, 2020 - How to shop safely at Minneapolis farmers' markets amid COVID-19 pandemic
  • Patch.com - April 30th, 2020 - Safety Guidelines for Farmers' Market Shoppers
  • KTOE - April 29th, 2020 - Farmers' Market Set to Open
  • MinnPost - April 24, 2020, David Kotsonas of the St. Paul Farmers' Market -  Minnesota’s farmers markets will be open soon. But they’re going to look different  
  • Fox 9 - April 19, 2020 - Laura Leffler of Northeast Minneapolis Farmers' Market - Preparing for business during a pandemic:
  • CBS Minnesota - April 16, 2020, Martha Archer of the Mill City Farmers' Market- Farmers' Markets are essential:


  • MPR NEWS - April 16, 2020, Kathy Zeman of MFMA and others- Local farmers find new markets
    • City Pages - March 20, 2020, David Kotsonas of St. Paul Farmers' Market - We're still here!

    MFMA provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers' markets across Minnesota.

    Minnesota Farmers' Market Association /// 9800 155th Street East, Nerstrand MN 55053 /// info@mfma.org 

    Communications Director: Kim Guenther /// kguenther@mfma.org /// (573) 470-4445 

    Director of Member Services: Jesse Davis /// jdavis@mfma.org /// (218) 259-9675 

    Executive Director: Kathy Zeman /// kzeman@mfma.org /// (507) 664-9446 


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