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Winter Market 2014/2015 Dates:

 2nd Saturday of ea. mo. / Nov. 2014 - April 2015
10am-1pm inside the Mill City Museum 

Bonus Market Dates:

 Nov. 22 at Mill City Museum

March 7 at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sunday
Nov232014

Shopping Basket from November 22 Mill City Farmers Market

The holiday party season is already underway (everything seems a little early this year, doesn't it?) - so the November 22 Market was perfectly timed for picking up baking supplies (duck eggs!), party snacks and hostess gifts.  All that in addition to apples, veggies, cheeses, meats and of course the Zula juices I'm addicted to.  :D

November 22, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

Tuesday
Nov182014

Use Ingredients from the November 22 Mill City Farmers Market in these Cheese Hors d'oeuvres

These three recipes featured in the November 13 Star Tribune Taste Section will be extra delicious if made with fresh, quality ingredients from the Mill City Farmers Market.

Need ideas?  Flour from Sunrise Flour Mill, sharp cheddar from Prairie Hollow Farm, chevre from Singing Hill Goat Dairy, Burr Oak artisan sheep milk cheese (replaces grated parmesan) from Shepherd's Way Farms, and check with Pam at Prairie Hollow Farm to see if she has fresh rosemary in her collection of herbs. 

Perfect timing - the next indoor Market is November 22!

Sunday
Nov092014

Shopping Basket from the November 8 Mill City Farmers Market

Same goodies as the outdoor Market - only inside the comfort of the Mill City Museum.  The Fireside apples from Prairie Hollow Farmare perfect on a salad of spinach and arugula from Stone's Throw Urban Farm with Big Woods Blue cheese from Shepherd's way.

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

Saturday
Nov082014

Lessons from the Mill City Farmers Market - From Ancient Seeds to Knives

The Mill City Farmers Market has enriched our lives in many ways, and the past six years have been an ongoing adventure of discovery.

For instance, Market Chef Heather Hartman welcomed Joe from Eversharp to a July Mill City Cooks demo.  He provided a wealth of information about knives and how to care for them.  We recently visited Eversharp and walked out with a block full of new knives, along with a sharpening steel and scissors.  It was a wonderful experience to work with their knowledgeable team who clearly loved their work. Had it not been for that Cooks demo, I may never have learned about them.

What better way to christen one of these new knives than to prepare this very special squash for baking. Paul Red Elk of Northern Lakes Wild Rice is the keeper of hundreds of ancient seeds. This year he planted squash and corn with seeds from his collection, and he honored us with one of them.

Market Meals

Market Meals

Market Meals

The cooked meat will go into several recipes, starting with Spiced Squash Apple Muffins and a Savory Squash Pie.  :)

Maybe you'll learn about plants you never knew were edible, be introduced to a new cheese, or find a unique piece of jewelry.  Treat yourself to some extra time at the Market, and you're sure to leave with a new found appreciation for the vendors, their products, their skills and their history.

Saturday
Nov012014

Mill City Farmers Market 2014-2015 Winter Dates

Via an October 30 e-newsletter from the Mill City Farmers Market:

THE HARVEST CONTINUES AT MILL CITY FARMERS MARKET –
ANNOUNCING MONTHLY WINTER MARKETS (Nov-Apr) inside the Mill City Museum!

 
MINNEAPOLIS (October 30, 2014) – Another fantastic Mill City Farmers Market Outdoor Season has drawn to a close with this past Saturday’s Harvest Festival (October 25th). But this is no time for goodbyes - Starting Saturday, November 8th, the Mill City Farmers Market moves indoors with over 40 of its fabulous vendors in a vibrant marketplace full of quality, locally produced, homegrown products. From 10 am to 1 pm, visitors can choose from an abundance of fresh produce, locally milled grains and flours, preserves, artisan cheeses, pastured meats, beautifully crafted ceramics, kitchen utensils, jewelry, and much more.

Each Winter Market brings a unique celebration of seasonal offerings. On November 22nd, we are holding a special holiday market so customers can pick up all the fixings needed for an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal. On December 13th, we will be your one-stop shop for your holiday needs, including holiday trees and wreaths! The January 10th Market will highlight many of our local artisans and value-added products, and the February 14th Market comes just in time to get that special something for your special someone on Valentine’s Day.  In March, we will have two back-to-back spring markets: on March 7th get ready to take a day trip out west to the MN Landscape Arboretum for a unique marketplace with over 40 of our vendors, and on March 14th we will back at home inside the Museum. Our final indoor market on April 11th will showcase the first signs of Spring and lead us right into our regular Outdoor Market season, opening Mother’s Day weekend!
 
Continue to eat local foods this winter while supporting Healthy Foods, Local Farmers. Stock up on storage crops like pumpkins, squash, potatoes, garlic, onions, apples, and more so you can continue to eat locally all winter long.  Meat and cheese Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are available from Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest Farm (http://www.sunshineharvestfarm.com/) and Shepherd’s Way Farms (http://www.shepherdswayfarms.com/).  Winter produce CSA shares are available at Prairie Hollow Farms (http://www.prairiehollow.com/).
 
Hope to see you Second Saturdays at our Winter Markets inside the Mill City Museum from 10 am – 1 pm!

Wednesday
Oct292014

Mill City Cooks: Celery Root, Apple, & Wild Rice Chowder; Veggies with Blue Cheese Dressing 

For the final Mill City Cooks demo of the 2014 season, Chef Heather Hartman was joined by her daughter Josephine.  Heather made Celery Root, Apple, & Wild Rice Chowder, and Josephine prepared a dressing made with Big Woods Blue cheese from Shepherd's Way Farmsto serve over mixed veggies.

Heather also welcomed Paul Red Elk of North Lakes Wild Rice.  She prepared one of the the ancient squash grown this year from seeds Paul curated, and treated the audience to samples.  Heather flavored the squash with Paul's Maple Sugar. 

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather substituted parsnips for celery root during the demo.

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes demo'd at Mill City Cooks can be found under the Resources section of MCFM's website.

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to The Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the 2014 season of Mill City Cooks.

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Oct272014

Special Order Blanket from Star Thrower Farm

With winter looming, we decided to add another lap blanket to the couch.  Debra Pikovsky of Star Thrower Farm created this blanket using premium fleece from their Icelandic sheep. She incorporated a few colors we requested. Be sure to visit them at the November 8 indoor Market.  In addition to their cheeses, meats, Skyr and granola - check out the fibers!

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Oct252014

Shopping Basket from the October 25 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week - dried heirloom Cranberry Beans from Seven Songs Farm and Lemon Pepper Lasagnetta from Sunrise Creative Gourmet.  Beautiful array of colors.  :)

October 25, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Oct212014

Mill City Cooks: Goat Meatballs and Fingerling Potato Salad

Market Chef Heather Hartman welcomed local chef Ian Gray of The Curious Goat food truck to the October 18 Mill City Cooks demo.  It was all nods of approval from shoppers who sampled the combination of Goat Meatballs and Fingerling Potato Salad he prepared.

If you'd like to check out what Ian is serving from The Curious Goat, he can most often be found parked by Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore Street NE (west of The Quarry, near the Northeast Athletic Field). Call 612-229-2364 just to be sure!

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Ian used goat meat and chevre from Singing Hills Goat Dairy.  He and Heather invited Lynne Reeck of Singing Hills to speak at the demo.  Lynne is one of the local farmers Ian relies on for the fresh products he uses on his food truck.

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Ian displayed the finished products in a dish from Fringe and Fettle Ceramics.

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes for the dishes prepared at the Mill City Cooks demos can be found under the Resource section of the Mill City Farmers Market website.

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to The Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the 2014 season of Mill City Cooks.

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Oct182014

Shopping Basket from the October 18 Mill City Farmers Market

HeathGlen Farm had a basket of sun-dried tomatoes and smoked chipotle peppers at the October 18 Market.  With their long shelf life we can enjoy them in special dishes throughout the fall and winter.  The Friesago cheese from Shepherd's Way Farm will be perfect in a batch of polenta, made with corn meal from Sunrise Flour Mill

Paul Red Elk of Northern Lakes Wild Rice bestowed upon us a squash grown from ancient seeds he curated. I will take great care in preparing it!

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Oct152014

Seed Savers Exchange at Mill City Farmers Market

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), the pioneer of the heirloom movement, brought a wide assortment of heirloom apples for shoppers to sample at the October 11 Market.  The organization’s co-founder, Diane Ott Whealy, and a member of her team discussed the history of SSE, grafting and historic apple varieties. Diane also supplied apples for local author Beth Dooley to use in making applesauce at the Mill City Cooks demo, as well as a pie making demonstration in the Mill City Museum Baking Lab that afternoon.

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Oct132014

Mill City Cooks: Applesauces and Grilled Sandwiches

Market Chef Jenny Breen and her good friend, local author and restaurant critic Beth Dooley, shared the October 11 Mill City Cooks demo.  Jenny and her team of volunteers treated shoppers to Grilled Beet, Apple and Arugula Sandwiches, while Beth cooked up two batches of applesauce.

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Beth is the author of Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook, and The Northern Heartland Kitchen, among other books.

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, also spoke at the demo. Check back later this week for a Farmers Market blog highlighting Seed Savers Exchange.

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny used bread from Salty Tart, arugula and beets from Stones Throw Urban Farm and Friesago cheese from Shepherd's Way Farm in the grilled sandwiches.

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The beets were parboiled prior to being grilled.

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to The Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the 2014 season of Mill City Cooks.

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
Oct122014

Shopping Basket from the October 11 Mill City Farmers Market

We took advantage of the final sweet corn and raspberries of the season at the October 11 Market. Those beautiful apples from Ames Farm have a pear flavor.  The sweet potatoes are a delicious comfort food that will be further enhanced with the Adobo cheese spread from Shepherd's Way.  :)

October 11, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Oct082014

Special Minnapolis Map Plates from Mill City Farmers Market Art Vendor, Anna Metcalfe

Here's a fun gift idea - a plate featuring the street map of the recipients address.  They're the creative work of Anna Metcalfe, an art vendor at the Market.

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

You can order these Minneapolis address plates two ways:

1) Choose a map from one of the plates Anna has already created and she'll replicate it for you as it appears now. The cost $50/plate, and the turn-around for this option is a maximum of 6 weeks.
2) Request a custom plate with a specific Minneapolis address positioned in the center of the plate (or however you'd like it). In addition to the base $50/plate, the fee to create a unique map screen print is $20.  The turn-around for a custom mapped plate is also about 6 weeks.

Contact Anna at annametcalfe@gmail.com to inquire about an order.

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Oct062014

Mill City Cooks: Smoky Red Pepper and Kabocha Soup, and Squash Pecan Pate

Local author Amanda Paa joined Market Chef Jenny Breen for the October 4 Mill City Cooks demo. They made Smoky Red Pepper and Kabocha Soup (a recipe from Amanda’s book, Smitten with Squash) and Squash Pecan Pate. Kobacha squash is rich in beta carotene, with iron, vitamin C and potassium.

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

During the demo Amanda talked about the proper way to roast squash, like the delicata shown below.

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes from Mill City Cooks demos can be found on the Resources section of MCFM's website.

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The Smitten With Squash cookbook will make a perfect gift for any cooks on your list. :)

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to The Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the 2014 season of Mill City Cooks.

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market