Published on June 06, 2022

Hillside Farmers Market being brought back by Essentia Health and Community Action Duluth

With support from Essentia Health, Community Action Duluth’s (CAD) Seeds of Success program is pleased to announce the return of the Hillside Farmers Market to the Essentia Health campus. The market launched in May 2018 to put these healthy options on a bus line and within walking distance of many Hillside neighbors.

The opening day of the market is June 14 from 2-5 p.m. Attendees will receive free food samples and free reusable bags, as well as music from Steve Solkela, a visit from the Little Library Go van, and sign-ups for the Power of Produce program. 

Local vendors will be selling fresh produce, seedling transplants, baked goods, canned goods, and more.

The market, located on the corner of 5th Ave. E and 3rd St. will run every Tuesday through the end of September.

Thanks to Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Essentia Health, SNAP customers are matched dollar-to-dollar up to $15 dollars per market day for all EBT eligible items and $10 for produce when using an EBT card at the market. With funding from Essentia Health and the University of Minnesota Extension, the Power of Produce (POP) program offers $4 in free produce to children under 18 and elders over 60.

Last year, more than $11,000 was distributed in the SNAP match and POP programs at the CAD-operated farmers markets, with over 400 children participating in the Power of Produce Club.

Seeds of Success, a program of Community Action Duluth, is a food justice program that also operates the successful Lincoln Park Farmers Market and new Community Mobile Market.