About

Neighborhood Roots

Welcome to Neighborhood Roots, the organization that brings you the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis Farmers Markets! Our mission: to bring neighbors together to buy, eat and learn about local food. We support local farmers and small businesses, promote vibrant community and effect important changes in food and agriculture policy. We look forward to continuing to work together to bring thriving farmers markets to the South Minneapolis community and beyond.

History

The Kingfield Farmers Market was launched in 2001 in cooperation with Kingfield Neighborhood Association.  After years of growth, the market emerged as its own nonprofit in 2008, becoming the foundation for what is now known as the organization Neighborhood Roots.

In 2010 the then-Kingfield Farmers Market board of directors was approached by the Fulton Neighborhood Association, asking for guidance in setting up a farmers market for that neighborhood. The Fulton Farmers Market was officially launched in 2011. With the creation of this new market, we expanded our educational programing, increased the professional capacity of the organization by adding a second staff person, and began offering EBT sales options.

2013 brought the launch of our yearly indoor winter market series, and an opportunity for vendors, customers, and community members to connect year-round.  Most recently, the Nokomis Farmers Market opened as a pilot project in 2014, after years of discussion with the Hale-Page-Diamond Lake Community Association about their desire for a farmers market in their own neighborhood.

Each year our board of directors takes time to assess how we are doing as an organization and consider how we can continue to serve the community in more and better ways.  For more about our transition to the organizational name “Neighborhood Roots,” check out this blog post here.

Who we are

Neighborhood Roots is run by a market staff, a board of directors, and multiple groups of committed volunteers. We are passionate about supporting local agriculture and we can hardly wait to see our friends, neighbors and vendors at the market each week. We look forward to continuing to grow with you and serve this community.

Staff:
Executive Director: Alexandra Cortes
Assistant Market Manager: Rebecca Lee

2013 – 2014 Board of Directors:
Jeff Alden, Chair
John Brosnan, Vice Chair
Dan Walsh, Secretary
Matt Hilker, Treasurer
Jeff Berg
Meg Cowden
Patrick Fenlon
Masami Kawazato
Harlan Luxenberg
Mary McGill
Steffen Ryan
Brad Tetzloff