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Celebrating their 12th Season!

Mill City Farmers Market 2017 Dates:

Every Saturday / May 6 - October 28

Mill City Farmers Market 2017 Hours:

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (October Hours 9a-1p)

Mill City Farmers Market Location:

704 S. Second St. Minneapolis, MN

Saturday
Nov112017

Shopping Basket from the November 11 Mill City Farmers Market

As always - no shortage of wonderful from the Mill City Farmers Market vendors! :)

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
Nov022017

Mill City Farmers Market is seeking new board members!

Help guide Mill City Farmers Market’s future! If you care about the market and supporting our local food economy, you should consider running for the Board of Directors. The continued success and health of our market depends on a strong, diverse, knowledgeable and passionate board.

We are especially seeking board members with nonprofit, HR, marketing, and entrepreneurship skills and experience. If you are interested in joining this group of passionate individuals please contact, our executive director Martha Archer at martha@millcityfarmersmarket.org.

Applications are due by November 27, 2017.

Sunday
Oct292017

Shopping Basket from the October 28 Mill City Farmers Market

Couldn't resist a "Ghost Mallow" from Very Prairie, being the weekend before Halloween and all. To the left of it is an adorable mini butternut squash from Loon Organics Farms - it's a Honeynut, and the first time I've seen one at the Mill City Farmers Market.

October 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Oct212017

Shopping Basket from the October 21 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week are fresh ginger and sweet potatoes. Also, Stephen from Shepherd's Way Farms had a "mystery cheese" - yet to be named, but no doubt just as incredibly scrumptious as their current varieties of sheep's milk cheeses.

Sunday
Oct152017

Mill City Cooks: Grilled Delicata Squash with Spiced Yogurt Dressing and Grilled Baguette with Lavender Chocolate and Olive Oil

For the October 14 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Beth Jones Grilled Delicata Squash with Spiced Yogurt Dressing and Grilled Baguette with Lavender Chocolate and Olive Oil.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

First, the squash is grilled. One thing I love about Delicata (besides how yummy it is) is that the skin is edible. That cuts down on prep time and food waste. 

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The squash is tossed with olive oil before hitting the grill.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Next comes the onion and pumpkin seed layer, which consists of red onions, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup and sea salt. For this demo, Beth also added in some kale thinly sliced using the chiffonade method to assure it cooked fast.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The onions are thinly sliced and fried in a bit of oil until brown and slightly crisp. At that point, the pumpkin seeds are added. When they started to pop, the kale was added. Maple syrup is drizzled on, and then a sprinkle of sea salt.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The Spiced Yogurt Dressing is comprised of plain Greek yogurt, cilantro, ground cumin and coriander, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.    

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Coriander is the seed from the cilantro plant, with a light lemony taste. Below, Beth minces some dried coriander she brought from her garden.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The dish is plated by first putting the grilled and sliced squash on the platter, then a layer of the onion/pumpkin seed mixture, dollops of dressing, and a final sprinkle of the onion/pumpkin seed mixture.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Beth displayed the Grilled Delicata Squash with Spiced Yogurt Dressing on a platter from art vendor Fringe & Fettle Ceramics.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For the Grilled Baguette with Lavender Chocolate and Olive Oil, Beth used baguettes from Salty Tart, Lavender Chocolate from French Nugget, olive oil and sea salt.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The baguettes are drizzled with olive oil and toasted on the grill. Pieces of the chocolate are then placed on top, given a second drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Beth suggests serving this as a fast, easy dessert with fresh fruit and toasted nuts.

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2017 Mill City Cooks series, and providing fun activities for the little ones!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market 

Sunday
Oct152017

Shopping Basket from the October 14 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week (and just in time for fall recipes): Pure Maple Sugar from Horner's Corner. :)

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Oct072017

Shopping Basket from the October 7 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week are Cranberry Walnut bread from Heritage Breads, Carrot Cake Jam from The Market Chef, Vanilla Carmel Sauce from Singing Hills Goat Dairy (yes, it's made with goat's milk, and it's fantastic!), and Peregion heirloom beans from Encore Farm.

Friday
Oct062017

Ghee Included in Article About the Best Oils For Deep Frying

Michael Joseph's article, What is the Best Oil For Deep Frying?, includes his list of the top five healthiest oils for deep frying - one of which can be found at the Mill City Farmers Market - ghee! 

Per Michael, "While butter may not be the best oil for deep frying, ghee is a very solid option. Ghee is a clarified butter, which means that the dairy proteins and sugars (lactose) have been removed. This makes ghee a pure fat; it has much higher resistance to burning than butter, and it’s heat stable at higher temperatures."

At the MCFM, you'll find ghee at Gorkha Palace's MoMo stand. It has been used in a number of cooking demos at the Market. 

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers MarketRashmi Bhattachan of Gorkha Palace 

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers MarketDuring a Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen talked about using ghee rather than regular butter. Jenny always stresses the importance of incorporating healthy fats in our diets.

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Michael Joseph is the Founder at NutritionAdvance.com, featuring nutrition and health articles backed by the latest science. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter 

Monday
Oct022017

Bread Fest 2017 at the Mill City Farmers Market

The annual Mill City Farmers Market Bread Fest was September 30. Shoppers enjoyed informative mini lectures from renowned local bakers and a book signing from Beth Dooley.

The event started with a sampling of loaves from home bakers. All participants received a thank you gift from the market, including complimentary drinks from Spoonriver, choice of a MCFM hat or canvas tote bag, and a 2 1/2 lb bag of heritage flour from Sunrise Flour Mill.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

In addition to a book signing of her new Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen, Beth Dooley emceed the program.

Presenters included Darrold Glanville of Sunrise Flour Mill, Jonathan Kaye of Heritage Breads, and John Jacobson, a local rye bread aficionado.

Beth also had a few of the home bakers come up and talk about their methods and recipes.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Darrold's discussion was on demystifying sourdough and heritage wheat. He and Marty always have sourdough starter samples at their MCFM booth (along with instructions!). They are a wealth of information, and before you give up on bread due to a gluten intolerance, you should talk to them.

Sunrise Flour Mill sells organic Non-GMO Heritage flour. Every crop is rigorously tested for contaminants to assure a clean and pesticide free flour. The wheat is a pure strain that hasn't been genetically modified or treated with chemicals. You may also hear it referred to as an ancient grain.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jonathan Kaye has many years of experience as a chef, and it was only in recent years that bread became his passion. He went from sharing a MCFM vendor space with Sunrise Flour Mill, to having his own space, to opening a popular bakery and supplying the likes of Sanctuary with bread.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jonathan uses a sourdough starter that's been added to for decades. All his breads begin with this starter - he does not use yeast. The combination of the sourdough starter and high quality flours from Sunrise Flour Mill produce breads that stay fresh a long time.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jonathan demonstrated techniques for scoring bread (it makes a pretty pattern while baking, but also prevents "blow outs" and misshapen loaves).

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

John Jacobson provided a brief history of rye in the US, and how working with rye flour differs from others.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

John demonstrated how rye dough will not be elastic like the sourdough version Jonathan worked with in his presentation.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

John's wife served samples of several rye breads, along with a yummy cookie recipe that begins with making a roux.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

John also mentioned two of his favorite cookbooks.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

After Darrold, Jonathan and John's presentations, Beth had a few of the home bakers come up and talk about their Bread Fest samples and baking experiences.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Sep302017

Shopping Basket from the September 30 Mill City Farmers Market

Who can resist an expertly crafted caramel apple pie from Very Prairie? (The mini version is guilt-free!) :D

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Sep252017

Mill City Cooks: Fried Spätzle with Vegetables and Quark

For the September 23 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Beth Jones prepared Fried Spätzle with Vegetables and Quark.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The Spätzle dough is comprised of flour, eggs, milk, mustard, nutmeg, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The ingredients are whisked together until the dough is smooth and elastic enough to stretch about 5 - 6 inches.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The dough is then pressed thru a perforated tray into boiling water.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The cooked Spätzle is then fried in butter.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, a colorful assortment of vegetables are sauted in butter. Beth included purple onions, kohlrabi, red peppers, yellow zucchini and kale.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Once the veggies have cooked a bit, white wine and fresh herbs are added.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Finally, everything is combined together and served with a scoop of Quark from Cosmic Wheel Creamery.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2017 Mill City Cooks series, and providing fun activities for the little ones!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market 

Sunday
Sep242017

Shopping Basket from the September 23 Mill City Farmers Market

The Market has piles of tomatoes this time of year, which calls for a big ol' batch of sauce. Cosmic Wheel Creamery's Moon Shadow cheese is a perfect substitute for parmesan.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Sep222017

Mill City Farmers Market's Annual Bread Fest is September 30

The annual Mill City Farmers Market Bread Fest is Saturday, September 30, featuring mini lectures from renowned local bakers and a book signing from Beth Dooley. 

MCFM shoppers are encouraged to bring in their own baked products to showcase and share their stories. To enter the showcase, quick breads and yeasted breads are to be dropped off in the train shed demo area by 9:30am that morning. Learn, taste and share your tips with other home bakers and professionals!

Added bonus: All showcase participants will receive a thank you gift from the market, including two complimentary mimosas or cappuccinos from Spoonriver restaurant, a Mill City Farmers Market hat or canvas tote bag, and one 2 1/2 pound bag of heritage flour from Sunrise Flour Mill

Bread Fest 2017 Line Up:
  8:00 -   9:30  Home Bakers drop off breads in the train shed kitchen.
  9:30 - 10:30  Share and listen to home bakers’ bread stories
10:30 - 11:30  Bread Baking Demonstrations:
   ►Beth Dooley MC and book signing of her new book 'Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen'
   ►Darrold Glanville of Sunrise Flour Mill– Demystifying Sourdough
   ►Jonathan Kaye of Heritage Breads– Breads with Extras: The Chef’s Approach to Bread
   ►John Jacobson – All about Rye

More Info

Tuesday
Sep192017

Mill City Cooks: Coconut Cream Corn and Grilled Melon with Market Fruit Agro Dolce

For the September 16 Mill City Cooks demo, guest chef Heather Meyer (formerly Hartman) of Farm to Fork prepared two dishes: Coconut Cream Corn and Grilled Melon with Market Fruit Agro Dolce.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

It starts with shucking corn and washing the melons.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For the Grilled Melon with Market Fruit Agro Dolce, sliced melons were tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and seared on the grill.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Aronia berries from Prairie Hollow Farm were the base for the Market Fruit Agro Dolce. Honey, apple cider vinegar and the berries come to a simmer, and then cook for 5 minutes on low heat. 

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather threw out trivia questions during the demo, with each winner taking home a 2017 Chinook Book.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

While preparing the Coconut Cream Corn, Heather demonstrated how you might find a worm by the silky end of corn that hasn't been smothered in pesticides. When choosing between cutting away a worm vs. eating chemically-treated corn, I'd take the worm any day!

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Coconut Cream Corn is a quick and easy recipe. Coconut milk, fresh corn kernels and salt cook down a bit, then fresh herbs and lime juice are added. For some kick, you can add chili flakes or finely chopped jalapeno.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather diplayed the finished products on dishes by Christy Wetzig.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2017 Mill City Cooks series, and providing fun activities for the little ones!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market 

Sunday
Sep172017

Shopping Basket from the September 16 Mill City Farmers Market

It's autumn! Love the miniature ornamental pumpkins and gourds for decorating. :)

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market