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Mill City Farmers Market 2014 Dates:

 Every Saturday / May 10 - October 25

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
Jul312014

"Lake Superior Flavors: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour" Book Signing at the August 9 Mill City Farmers Market

James Norton and Becca Dilley will be at the August 9 Mill City Farmers Market for a meet & greet and book signing for Lake Superior Flavors: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour.  Look for them in the kitchen demo area from 11:00am-1:00pm.


From the founders of the popular food website Heavy Table comes Lake Superior Flavors, a celebration of food culture around the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Author James Norton and photographer Becca Dilley take readers on a culinary tour around Lake Superior, hitting high-traffic tourist spots and cultural institutions as well as off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Norton and Dilley document fine dining, diners, and dives; shop at farmers’ markets; and even try foraging from the land and the lake.

Norton and Dilley also meet food producers and artisans—fishermen, cheesemakers, brewers, and more—and explore the culinary history and current food culture of four distinct regions. Along the North Shore of Minnesota, Norton and Dilley ride with a herring fisherman struggling to preserve his way of life. In Thunder Bay and Ontario, the authors investigate the roots of the locavore movement in a remarkable conversation with an Ojibwe woman about native food. In the remote Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, the pair encounters a group of philosophical gourmet monks who make jam from foraged berries. And on the south shore of the lake, they talk with a Wisconsin cheesemaker and goatherd who takes his flock on a nightly walk—cocktail in hand. Alongside Norton and Dilley’s travelogues are capsule reviews of restaurants, insightful tasting notes, and sidebars featuring important dishes of each region—from smoked fish and skillet-popped wild rice to pannukakku (Finnish pancakes) and cudighi (Italian meatball sandwiches).

Showcasing the wild beauty and rugged authenticity of the places and people along the circle tour, Lake Superior Flavors is ideal for local foodies and for visitors who want to learn about food traditions through delicious eating and lively traveling.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

James Norton and Becca Dilley run the Heavy Table website and are the authors of The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin. Norton is a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor and Minnesota Monthly and makes frequent appearances on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current station.

LAKE SUPERIOR FLAVORS: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour
By James Norton
Photography by Becca Dilley
University of Minnesota Press | 232 pages | April 2014
ISBN 978-0-8166-7544-9 | paperback | $21.95

PRAISE FOR LAKE SUPERIOR FLAVORS:
"Lake Superior is a big lake, as Jim and Becca acknowledge on page one of their book, and the food and culture that it creates, inspires, and nurtures represent some of the best in our country. In this book, the daring duo perfectly captures the essence of who we are in the Upper Midwest, and their prescriptive approach for the traveler is both an alluring siren’s song and one of the best guides of its type. A Baedeker with soul for a new generation." —Andrew Zimmern

"From pickle barrels to wheels of cheese, guidebook Lake Superior Flavors offers many compelling reasons to pull over." —National Post

"The portraits of the farmers and fishermen, berry foragers and fish smokers, pasty bakers, cheesemakers and brewers, are nicely seasoned with a mix of passion and lack of pretension. Nearly 70 spots are highlighted along the way, but the well-organized book will help you choose stops no matter how many miles you cover." —Chicago Tribune

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book's webpage.

Wednesday
Jul302014

Meet Your Vegetables at Mill City Farmers Market:  Tabouli

In addition to providing information on a holistic approach to health, stress management and exercise, MCFM Sponsor Allina Health and Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing treated shoppers to pedometers at the July 26 Market.

Visitors also had the opportunity to sample a Summer Tabouli Salad recipe prepared by the Meet Your Vegetables nutrition interns.  The Meet Your Vegetables demo spotlights fresh produce and other ingredients available at the Market. This one included quinoa, but one of the staff I spoke with mentioned a number of grains can be used for Tabouli, such as wheat berries from Sunrise Flour Mill.

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Jul292014

Car2Go at Mill City Farmers Market

Car2Go, a 2014 Market Sponsor, suggests shoppers "spend more at the market, not on the meters".  In addition to treating shoppers to tote bags and sun glasses at the July 26 Market, Car2Go also handed out cards for free memberships and miles. Over the past few months I've talked to people who use this service, and they absolutely love it for the convenience, flexibility and low cost.  Check out their website for program details, and follow them on Facebook.

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Jul282014

Mill City Cooks: Simple Garlic Rubbed Salmon and Vegetables with Sweet Basil Dressing

For the July 26 Mill City Cooks demo, Market Chef Jenny Breen prepared Simple Garlic Rubbed Salmon and Vegetables with Sweet Basil Dressing.  That gorgeous fish is from Wild Run Salmon

You can find this recipe on the MCFM's Resouce page.

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny packs all her recipes with a variety of fresh veggies and herbs from the Market.  As usual, a beautiful rainbow of color went into this one.

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

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

June 21, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Jul262014

Shopping Basket from the July 26 Mill City Farmers Market

On the menu this week - Kale Chips! I'll also be roasting up a huge batch of veggies to share for lunch at the office all week - cauliflower, green beans, sweet onions (buried under the carrots - oops!), Mokum carrots, garlic, baby potatoes and those gorgeous golden beets. Plus, homemade granola bars using Bliss Cherry Almond Granola as the base ingredient.  :)

July 26, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Jul262014

ArtAndes Featured in the July 26 StarTrib 

ArtAndes' Melanie Ebertz and her Master Weaver, Wilber Quispe, were the subject of this month's StarTrib Duets feature, Wilbur and Melanie woven together across continents

It's mesmerizing to watch him in action. Here's a clip we took at the Mill City Farmers Market a few years ago, which could have just as well been today, as the scene hasn't changed a bit.  If you want to see Wilber in person, it's best to get down to the Market today, as he will be returning to Peru soon.  We look forward to his return next year.

 

Friday
Jul252014

Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Ingredients from the Mill City Farmers Market

Just because it's steamy outside doesn't mean we stop craving comfort food at the end of a busy summer day.  These loaded smashed potatoes with a tomato basil salad on the side will hit the spot - and no need to fire up the oven!

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The potatoes cooked in the microwave while shiitake, garlic scapes, onion and red pepper sautéed in butter.  I used chicken broth rather than milk to keep the potatoes moist while smashing them (normally I use milk, but had just ran out).  Along with the sautéed items I added Big Woods Blue cheese from Shepherd's Way Farms, fresh ground pepper and sea salt.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Cute - shiitake Siamese Twins!   :)

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
Jul242014

Blueberry Oatmeal Scones - Ingredients from the Mill City Farmers Market

This one is adapted from a Whole Wheat Blueberry Oatmeal Scone recipe.  I made a few changes to maximize the number of ingredients from the Market:  where it called for 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour I used oatmeal flour by grinding Sunrise Flour Mill organic oatmeal in the Vitamix, and I substituted Star Thrower Farm Skyr for the 2/3 cup plain yogurt.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (ground oatmeal from Sunrise Flour Mill)
1/4 cup ground flax (Ellie's Whole Grains)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbs. cold butter, cut into small pieces
3 Tbs. coconut oil, in it's solid state
2/3 cup plain yogurt (Skyr from Star Thrower Farm)
1 egg (Braucher's Sunshine Harvest Farm)
3 Tbs. honey (Worker B)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups rolled oats, divided (Sunrise Flour Mill)
1 1/2 cups blueberries (HeathGlen's Farm)

Preheat the oven to 425.  Prepare 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone mats.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, flax, baking powder, salt, ginger, and cinnamon.  Using a fork, pastry blender or your fingers cut in the butter and coconut oil until the dough resembled wet and coarse sand.
 
In a small bowl mix together the yogurt/skyr, egg, honey, and vanilla. When the liquids are well mixed pour them into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Mix in 1/2 cup of rolled oats.  Finally, carefully fold in the blueberries.  The dough will still be fairly wet, but if it seems too wet you can add in a few tablespoons of flour.
 
Pour the remaining 1 cup of oats on the counter and spread it out evenly (like you are spreading flour.)  In the large bowl divide the dough into two even portions.  Form each portion of dough into a ball and place it on the counter on top of the oats.  Form each pieces of dough into a round disk, about 7 inches wide and an inch thick.  Make sure the dough is covered in oats.  Using a butter knife cut the disc into 8 even slices (like you are cutting a pie.)  Place each slice onto the prepared cookie sheet.  Repeat until all 16 scones have been shaped.  (This makes small snack sized scones, if you are looking for coffee shop sized scones do not divide the dough into two discs, just make one large one and increase the baking time.)
 
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the outside in golden brown.  Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.  Serve warm.

Kim's notes: I'm not sure what "fairly wet" dough is, so it's questionable if I got the consistently correct. They turned out more like a fat cookie, so perhaps I should have added more flour.  I've never been a scone person based on the perception that they're dry and bland, but these were moist and fairly tasty with all the blueberries (and a slather of butter). 

Wednesday
Jul232014

Rick Nelson Highlights Weekend Brunch at the Mill City Farmers Market

In the July 20 Star Trib Taste Section, Rick Nelson's Weekend Brunch at the Market piece highlighted all the brunch options available at the various Farmers Markets in town.  Here's the excerpt for the Mill City Farmers Market:

Showing off the city

When playing tour guide, I invariably take out-of-towners on a spin across the Stone Arch Bridge and a pit stop to the Guthrie’s open-air balcony before feeding them at the Mill City Farmers Market. The selection is second to none. Last weekend’s options included an egg-topped, open-faced pulled pork hash sandwich of the gods from Black Cat Natural Foods(www.blackcatnaturalfoods.com), a glorious crêpe stuffed with ­herbed goat cheese and a half-dozen just-picked vegetables at Crêpes by Spoonriver(www.spoonriver.com), gorgeous roasted plum galettes from the Salty Tart(www.saltytart.com), tacos stuffed with black beans and roasted sweet potatoes at the Chef Shack(www.chefshack.org) — not to mention the truck’s one-and-only cardamom-scented and sugar-studded mini-doughnuts — and single-source coffees from the Palacios family farm in Guatemala at Cafe Palmira(www.cafepalmira.com). My appetite found happiness with the signature dish from the Gorkha Palace (www.gorkhapalace.com) stand: potstickers filled with tender turkey (lovingly raised near Cannon Falls, Minn.) and doused in a lively tomato chutney.

We concur. There is only seriously good food at the Market! And what a beautiful view of the Stone Arch Bridge if you enjoy your chow while sitting on the steps leading down to West River Road.  :)

Tuesday
Jul222014

The Wedge Community Co-op at the Mill City Farmers Market

In addition to sponsoring the Mill City Cooks demos for the 2014 season, The Wedge Community Co-op was on hand at the July 19 Market providing shoppers with informational hand outs, in-store coupons and metal water bottles. 

Their "Non-GMO Shopping Guide" was particularly interesting and helpful.  GMO labeling is not uniformly required by law, and this guide will walk you through how to tell if a product you're buying could have been genetically modified.  It also lists the 5 most prevalent GMO crops (corn, sugar beets, soy, canola and cotton), and examples of products they carry that you can be assured are GMO-free.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

There are many products available for bulk purchasing at The Wedge Community Co-op.  In addition to saving money buying in bulk, you can also do a solid for the environment by bringing your own re-usable containers.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

You don't have to be a member to shop at The Wedge Community Co-op.  However, check out the  benefits that come with a membership and it's easy to see how much sense it makes.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Jul212014

Mill City Cooks: Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

Market Chef Heather Hartman welcomed May Lee, a Master Gardener, from Mhonpaj’s Garden to the July 19 Mill City Cooks demo. Together they made Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad with Herbs, Cucumbers, Greens and Pickled Carrots.

During the demo we learned that Mhonpaj's Garden is the first Hmong-owned farm to be USDA Certified Organic through the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association.  While we hear the term "Certified Organic" a lot, it's no small task to achieve.

The Mhonpaj's Garden website has a recipe page - you'll find ideas on using fresh ingredients they sell at the Market. Also, check out this fascinating video on Asian food origins in Minnesota co-produced by the Minnesota Historical Society Press and tpt MN. It includes interviews with May Lee and her daughter Mhonpaj, Supenn Harrison of Sawatdee, Leeann Chin and daughter Laura Chin, Fuji Ya and more.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather showed the audience a bunch of Mokum carrots she picked up at the Burning River Farm booth. These aren't just any carrot - they're a super sweet treat! Added bonus - simply scrub before using and you'll retain the most nutrients (no peeling!).

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather displayed the salad on a dish from Fresh Mud Pottery.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

You can find this salad recipe on the MCFM website under the Resources section.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

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

June 21, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Jul192014

Shopping Basket from the July 19 Mill City Farmers Market

Garlic, blueberries and green peppers - all new at the July 19 Market.  Plus a handy metal water bottle compliments of market sponsor, The Wedge Community Co-op.  :)

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Jul182014

Happiness is a Jar of Organic Healing Body Butter from Olsen Naturals

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.  :)

That's how I feel when I use products from Olsen Naturals.  Even if you don't have sensitive skin, Denise's Body Butter is a must for your skin care regimen.  Your freshly shaved legs will feel so good!  I love the Almond Cleansing Oil - rub it on (all over!) after a cardio session, wipe down with a steamy towel and finish with an all-over spritz of Lavender Splash.  (I even use the Almond Cleansing Oil as a substitute for shaving cream.) Olsen Naturals has so many wonderful items to pamper yourself with - be sure to visit Denise in the train shed the next time you visit the Market.

Thursday
Jul172014

Meet Your Vegetables at Mill City Farmers Market: Seasonal Thai Slaw

Staff from Market Sponsor Allina Health were on hand July 12 with loads of health-related information.  They also provided shoppers with samples of Seasonal Thai Slaw, made with both green and purple cabbage.  Not only does purple cabbage add a vibrant color to the slaw, it is sweet and mild.  Love it!Check out Allina's website for a variety of health-conscious recipes.

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Jul162014

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFA) at Mill City Farmers Market

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFA) was the July 12 MCFM Community Booth.  They support the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration, and education.

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers MarketAbove, SFA Intern Kelsey Wulf (orange shirt) and Sue Wika, PhD and Farmer-educator.

One of the programs offered by SFA is Farm Skills 101, which consists of around 50 hours of on-farm education over three weekends. Contact Sue at paradoxhomestead@gmail.com if you'd like more information.

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

SFA also hosts the annual Minnesota Garlic Festival, which will take place August 9 in Hutchinson. According to the website, there are over 100 varieties of the country’s finest garlic grown here, all planted in October, harvested in July, and cured to perfection just in time for the festival.

July 12, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market