900 West Broadway Avenue
(West Broadway & Emerson)
June 20 – October 17, 2014
The West Broadway Farmers Market increases healthy food access, promotes economic development among Northsiders, and cultivates a dynamic gathering space for community members, visitors, and businesses.
The West Broadway Farmers Market (WBFM) opened in 2011 as a project of the West Broadway Coalition (WBC) with the purpose of increasing healthy food access, stimulating economic development within the local food movement, and creating a positive and informative community gathering space that facilitates social capital creation.
The West Broadway Farmers Market is truly a product of the Northside community as community involvement has led this project from the beginning. The idea was first formalized in a 2008 local small area plan which included an extensive community outreach process. From there, the West Broadway Coalition began informal outreach throughout the summer of 2010 to gauge community support. Positive feedback led the Coalition to hire a research assistant from the University of Minnesota to lead a community outreach planning process throughout the 2010-2011 academic year. Community feedback from this process has been implemented at every step of market creation by the market manager. Moving forward, the community, represented by local businesses and residents in the form of a WBC committee, will continue to be the guiding voice as the market grows.