Community gardens and farmers’ markets offer easy access to inexpensive, healthy food grown in Minnesota.
Many communities in Dakota County sponsor gardens to improve access to fresh produce, increase physical activity and create communities that support healthy lifestyle change. Check your city’s website for information about community gardens in your neighborhood, visit the website of Gardening Matters, a local non-profit, or Master Gardeners from the Dakota County Extension.
When it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables, farmers’ markets are a great place to find fresh food that everyone in the family can enjoy. Visit Minnesota Grown from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for more information about locally-grown foods.
Some farmers' markets accept WIC vouchers, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) users can receive $5 in matching "Market Bucks" at participating markets. See Market Bucks flyer. (Spanish)
Eat locally-grown foods and harvest the many benefits:
- Fruits and vegetables grown locally and picked when ripe have enhanced taste, texture and aroma.
- Since the produce is picked at the peak of the season, nutrients are more abundant.
- Often, market prices are lower than at grocery stores.
- Shopping at your local farmers’ market reduces energy use, benefits the local farmer and strengthens your local community.