BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Sept. 24, 2015) – Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will officially open their newest location in Bloomington, Minnesota, at 7 a.m. Wednesday where the first 250 shoppers will receive a free reusable shopping bag filled with $50 worth of healthy, delicious groceries.  The grand opening celebration will feature giveaways, free samples and family fun all weekend long.

Festivities will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:45 a.m. along with a community partners check presentation awarded to the Bloomington Fine Arts Council and Bridging in the amount of $2,500 each. A Boar’s Head hot dog cart will raise funds for Good in the Hood throughout the weekend.

“We want to invite the local community to join us in celebrating the arrival of fall with fun events that everyone can enjoy,” Fresh Thyme CEO Chris Sherrell said. “We can’t wait to meet our new neighbors and to serve the community through fresh, healthy and organic products at affordable prices.”

Activities scheduled throughout the week include:

Wednesday, Sept. 30

7 a.m. Doors open/grocery giveaway to first 250 shoppers. Line up early to reserve your spot!

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music by King Wilkie’s Dream

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Face painting with TAG

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boar’s Head hot dog cart

5-7 p.m. Meet and greet with Miss Minnesota Rachel Latuff

Saturday, Oct. 3

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music by King Wilkie’s Dream

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boar’s Head hot dog cart

12-2 p.m. Animal sculptures by TAG

Wednesday-Sunday

Vendor demos, entertainment and giveaways

The Bloomington Fresh Thyme, located at 2100 W. 80 1/2 Street, will mark the first Fresh Thyme to open in Minnesota. It will be led by Store Director Greg Beckers, a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years.

About Fresh Thyme

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, and health supplement products. Fresh Thyme is scheduled to open 60 stores by 2019. Learn more at freshthyme.com. Keep in touch by liking us at facebook.com/freshthymefarmersmarkets and following us at twitter.com/freshthymefm.