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Celebrating their 10th Season!

Mill City Farmers Market 2015 Dates:

 Every Saturday / May 9 - October 31

Mill City Farmers Market Hours Hours:

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

Location: 704 S. Second St. Minneapolis, MN

Thursday
May282015

Mill City Farmers Market Vendor, Kiss My Cabbage, Featured in StarTrib Article

Robin Asbell, author of vegan cookbooks Big Vegan and Sweet & Easy Vegan, and occasional guest chef at the Mill City Farmers Market, contributed an article to the May 28 StarTrib Taste Section - Trendy, fermented foods pop up in Twin Cities markets.

In it she features several local fermented foods specialists, including Adrienne Logsdon of Kiss My Cabbage, a MCFM vendor.  Adrienne makes hand-crafted Lacto-fermented sauerkraut and kimchi, and can be found inside the train shed every Saturday at the Market.

December 13, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

Tuesday
May262015

Market Meal: Vegetarian Orzo Pasta - Ingredients from the Mill City Farmers Market

This combination of ingredients might raise a few eyebrows, but they all come together to make a healthy, well rounded dish with interesting textures and flavors ("interesting" in a good way!).  :)

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Ingredients from the Market:

Swiss Chard from Women's Environment Institute (WEI)
Pepper Spread Goat Cheese from Singing Hills Goat Dairy
Hazelnuts from Hazelnut Valley Farm
Carrots and Green Onions from Prairie Hollow Farm
Orzo Pasta from Sunrise Creative Gourmet 

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain and toss with toasted sesame oil, set aside.  Thinly slice the Swiss chard and green onion; shred the carrots.  Sauté the prepared veggies in olive oil, season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.  Cube the cheese into 1/2" pieces and toss it together with the cooked pasta, sauted veggies and hazelnuts.  Between the cheese (which has a bite!) and the onions, you shouldn't need any further seasoning - aside from the salt and pepper.

Don't be afraid to dig into your Market basket and experiment!

Monday
May252015

Mill City Cooks: Black Bean Burgers

We are fortunate to have access to a variety for dried beans at the Market, with black beans being the constant staple.  Chef Heather took advantage of this by making Black Bean Burgers at the May 23 Mill City Cooks demo.  Additional Market ingredients that go into this recipe are green onions, garlic, herbs, egg and cheese.  The recipe can be found on the MCFM website.

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather used a handy Hand-Powered Food Chopper to break down the cooked beans, assuring the burgers hold their shape.

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather always sprinkles in tips and tricks throughout each demo.  For these burgers, she suggested refrigerating the uncooked patties overnight so they'll be firmer for cooking.

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The finished product was displayed on a plate by Matthew Krousey Ceramics, one of the talented art vendors at the Market.

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to the Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the Mill City Cooks demo.

Saturday
May232015

Shopping Basket from the May 23 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week are Probiotic Ginger Lime Carrots from Artisan MN.  Fermented veggies give salads and sandwiches a nice zing, and are good for digestion.  Also, pea shoots from Women’s Environmental Institute, Beef Patties from Braucher's Sunshine Harvest Farm and a candle from Worker B.

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
May222015

Mill City Farmers Market Vendor, Ruth Kinkade, Featured in StarTrib Article

In 2013 Ruth Kinkade of The Abbey  debuted at the MCFM with her array of alpaca wool products.  It was fun to see her featured in this May 19 StarTribune article, Retired Realtor finds a home raising gentle – and humming – alpacas.

I can personally attest to the quality of her products.  I use the wool socks for winter running, I have one of her funky hats (it always gets compliments) and a few of her colorful, delicate infinity scarves.

Here's a link to our post from her first trip to the Market. 

Monday
May182015

Mill City Cooks: Fish Tacos and a Spring Veggie Frittata

Chef Jenny Breen treated shoppers to two recipes at the May 16 Mill City Cooks Demo:  Fish Tacos and a Frittata, both made with fresh ingredients from the Market.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Before she started cooking, Jenny was joined by Elizabeth Millard, author of Backyard Pharmacy and Indoor Kitchen Gardening.  You may remember seeing Elizabeth and her partner Karla in previous years at the Bossy Acres booth.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The Mill City Cooks' Chefs frequently remind us it's okay to substitute items in a recipe like this Frittata.  For example, the printed recipe handed out at the demo called for baby turnips, but Jenny used asparagus because it was abundant at the Market that day.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to the Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the Mill City Cooks demos!

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
May162015

Shopping Basket(s) from the May 16 Mill City Farmers Market

Nettles for tea, purple asparagus and green garlic for roasting, deer tongue lettuce, fresh shiitake mushrooms and organic ground chicken are a few of the items in our May 16 Market Basket.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

We also have a separate group of non-edible finds, including Empowered Earth from Swede Lake Farm, dish towels from INDIGO & SNOW, the Backyard Pharmacy by Elizabeth Millard, a pig ear (for a family pet) from Barkley's Bistro, and note cards from Shepherd's Way Farms, which were included with the cheeses we received as a gift for contributing to their (successful!) Kickstarter campaign last year.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
May162015

Green Strata with Goat Cheese and Herbs - Mill City Farmers Market has the Fresh Ingredients

This recipe from the Star Trib is an excellent example of how to incorporate fresh ingredients from the Saturday Market into a heavenly dish for Sunday brunch.  I counted six items readily available at the Mill City Farmers Market: greens, herbs, eggs, goat cheese, bread, and Friesago (perfect substitute for Parmigiano-Reggiano). Mmmmmmmmmmm  :D

Friday
May152015

Look What You Get When You Renew Your Annual Market Membership

Are you already a Market Member? Remember the perks that came with your new Membership?  Well, they're just as good when you renew.  In fact, it's almost as though you're getting paid to renew!

For the $40 renewal fee, you get $10 in Market Tokens (same as cash on all items at the Market), a $5 Off coupon from the Wedge Community Co-op, a certificate for 2 Free items at Chipotle, and a punch card from Barkley's Bistro that will earn you a free bag of bones after 5 purchases.   Just show your renewal key ring to continue receiving the weekly Market Member Specials.

Stop by the Info Booth for more information.

Thursday
May142015

Horner's Corner Debuts at the May 9 Mill City Farmers Market

Steve Horner and his daughter Alexa of Horner's Corner introduced shoppers to their Pure Maple Syrup at the May 9 Market.  I picked up a container of Grade A Dark.  My first experiment will be to use it in a batch of turkey and hazelnut meatballs.

Located by Boyceville, WI, Horner's Corner has been making maple syrup for 25 years. They'll be regulars at the 2015 Market, and will offer apples and pears later in the season. According to Steve, you also might see gooseberries on their table this summer.

In addition to the website, you can also find them on Facebook, or reach them at 715-643-3711 or stephen.horner27@gmail.com.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
May132015

Artisan MN Debuts at the May 9 Mill City Farmers Market

Peg and John Brossart of Artisan MN debuted at the May 9 Market with their line of Krauts, DIY Fermentation Kits and Kraut Krisps.  Artisan MN is a family business built on generations of kraut making.  Their tagline is "cultivating the love for fermentation" - which they do with their ready-to-eat products, DIY kits and classes.

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts necessary for a healthy digestive system.  There's an overwhelming number of probiotic pills on the market (TruBiotics, Align, etc.). Personally, I want to get mine from real food, and it's easy when companies like Artisan MN bring it to the MCFM with flavorful products.  On my first visit I picked up a package of the Krisps (great with chevre), and next I'll be trying the carrots.

In addition to their website, you can follow Artisan MN on Facebook. Reach them at artisanminnesota@gmail.com or 612-868-1104.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Welcome to the Mill City Farmers Market, Peg and John - we wish you much success!  :)

Tuesday
May122015

Cynthia Froid Group MCFM Opening Day Plant Give Away

Cynthia Froid Group has been a Mill City Farmers Market sponsor since the inaugural year. To kick off the 2015 season, Cynthia, along with Holly Holt and Sarah Lavelle, were on hand treating shoppers to complimentary herb plants.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you for these beautiful, healthy plants! :D

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
May112015

Mill City Cooks: Breakfast Fried Rice and Smoked Trout & Potato Croquettes

In keeping with tradition, Market Chefs Heather Hartman and Jenny Breen were joined by their daughters for Mother's Day weekend at the MCFM. 

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The May 9 Mill City Cooks demo started with special guest Emily Larson, Outreach and Education Coordinator from the Wedge Community Co-op.  Emily offered helpful tips on buying in bulk and other useful information. 

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather and Josephine created the first recipe, Breakfast Fried Rice (recipe in online).

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny and her daughter served up Smoked Trout and Potato Croquettes.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to the Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the Mill City Cooks demos.

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
May092015

Shopping Basket from the May 9 Mill City Farmers Market

Mixed in with the staples are some new treats in our May 9 Market basket, including Pure Maple Syrup from Horner's Corner and Hot Kraut Krisps from Artisan MN, both new Vendors for the 2015 season. Look for introductory posts on these new vendors this week. We're also trying the the Orzo Pasta from Sunrise Creative Gourmet and Ground Dark Turkey from Larry Schultz Organic Farm (sold by Braucher's Sunshine Harvest Farm).  Bliss Gourmet Foods also introduced a new flavor - Adventure Trail Mix. Thank you to Market Sponsor Wedge Community Co-op for the cilantro seeds!  :)

May 9, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
May082015

Mill City Farmers Market Announces FarmFan App - Sign Up for Exclusive Weekly Market Updates!

New for the 2015 season - the MCFM is introducing an app called FarmFan. It allows their staff to text you on Saturdays with the latest information about what will be at the Market that day.  The update may also include specials available only to FarmFans. Plus, you'll be able to check in at the Market and get loyalty rewards for grocery shopping throughout the season.

Additionally, if inclement weather makes it necessary to move the Market indoors (or close) you'll be the first to know via the FarmFan app.

You may unsubscribe by responding with STOP or UNSUBSCRIBE to any text message you receive from the app.

Click here to sign up to be a FarmFan, or stop by the Info Booth at the Market for details.