The Dinkytown Farmers Market was launched in 2016 by University Lutheran Church of Hope. After partnering with the Nutritious U Food Pantry on the University of MN campus, ULCH was confronted with the real food insecurity concerns that college students were facing everyday and wondered how they could address these concerns in Dinkytown.
Mini-markets are designed to address food insecurities in neighborhoods that might be considered “dood-deserts” by providing affordable and fresh produce to residents. Mini-markets are composed of five vendors or fewer, with the majority being products of the farm. This model provides for a low cost but high impact market right in the heart of Dinkytown.
This incredible neighborhood, though loaded with tons of great places to eat, is sadly without a consistent and affordable place to purchase fresh produce. So, in 2016, the Dinkytown Farmers Market was opened in the parking lot of University Lutheran Church of Hope.
The Market runs June-October on Wednesdays from 4-7pm and features a variety of vendors from veggies, home-made jam, garlic sauce, and much much more!
Market Manager: Sarah Holle
Sarah graduated from the U of M with a degree in Food Systems and Horticulture. She comes with experience in entomology, urban farming, and farmers markets. She is passionate about bringing people together to create a more sustainable, accessible, local food system, and encourage everyone to eat local veggies!
On the side she likes to work in her community garden plot, plan the next backpacking trip, and take walks while drinking lavender lemonade and admiring peoples gardens.