In Brief

North Market, recently opened in the Webber Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, features local produce, a pharmacy and a focus on health and wellness, bringing healthy living to a former food desert

While those in communities with access to larger grocers like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods can easily find healthy food options, those in areas without such stores often have to depend on convenience marts and corner markets, which can make eating healthy more of a challenge. North Market in Minneapolis is trying to change that by bringing health and wellness to an area that was formerly considered a food desert.

The store is run by Pillsbury United Communities, a non-profit organization in the Webber Park Neighborhood. North Market is a welcome addition, as prior to its opening, the community depended on 36 corner-style convenience stores and just one supermarket.

The store is focused on bringing healthy food into the community with a large percentage of the meat and produce coming from local Minnesota farms. The location is slated to include a pharmacy as well as hold events aimed at wellness education.

Every element of the building has been designed to make customers feel welcome, down to the choice of the color orange for the decor. North Market is part of a larger effort to bring healthy supermarkets into areas that have been heavily underserved. The store is now open.

North Market


Lead image: My North Market via Facebook

While those in communities with access to larger grocers like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods can easily find healthy food options, those in areas without such stores often have to depend on convenience marts and corner markets, which can make eating healthy more of a challenge. North Market in Minneapolis is trying to change that by bringing health and wellness to an area that was formerly considered a food desert.

The store is run by Pillsbury United Communities, a non-profit organization in the Webber Park Neighborhood. North Market is a welcome addition, as prior to its opening, the community depended on 36 corner-style convenience stores and just one supermarket.