Policy Summary

This law establishes a category of public market called mini markets, which may only have up to five vendors, at least one of whom must be a grower or group of growers who " who sell products that are grown, raised or harvested on land owned or leased by grower including vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, plants, flowers, honey, maple syrup etc. without added ingredients." § 201.40; and see "product of the farm" definition in § 201.10. A mini market may not include any craft vendors or vendors selling ready-to-eat foods.

Background Information

State Minnesota
Jurisdiction Name Minneapolis
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

The law allows up to one vendor at each mini market to be a " seasonal food permit vendor reselling only fresh fruits and vegetables, and only when said produce is not in season and not available at the market from product of the farm (growers/farmers) vendors," but does not specifically prioritize produce vendors. § 201.40(2). See also, the definition of "mini market" at § 201.10 (referring to improving access to "locally grown agricultural products").

Environmental linkage?

Economic linkage?

See definition of mini market, which states their primary purpose is " to improve access to locally grown agricultural products." (§201.10).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

§ 201.10

Addresses implementation?

Law describes what information may be requested by the licensing official pursuant to issuing a license. § 201.70. See also §§ 201.90 -.95 (regarding obligations of the market manager).

Enforcement provisions?

Yes, a license may be denied, revoked, suspended, or not renewed for failure to comply with this or other applicable laws. §201.85. Also, section 201.100 incorporates the Minnesota Food Code by reference (via Chapter 186 of the Minneapolis Code), which carries with it its own enforcement scheme and penalties, but which are not specifically listed in this law. §201.100. For general enforcement provisions, see Chapter 188 of the Food Code title.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Section 201.40 is located in Title 10 (Food Code), Chapter 201 (Public Markets). History: 2011-Or-095, § 4, 11-4-11; Ord. No. 2017-017 , § 7, 4-28-17.


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