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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

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

Saturday
Oct042014

Shopping Basket from the October 4 Mill City Farmers Market

Swede Lake Farm had the most incredibly vibrant Brussels sprouts this week.  I love those adorable little loaves of bread from Prairie Hollow Farm.  This week one of the choices was Apple & Cider Whole Wheat - can't wait to have it toasted and slathered with honey butter.  :)

October 4, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Oct032014

Reminder: Mill City Farmers Market October Hours are 9am-1pm 

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
Oct022014

ArtAndes Mitten Project Launches at the September 27 Mill City Farmers Market

ArtAndes launched this seasons mitten project at the September 27 Mill City Farmers Market.  These beautiful creations will warm both your hands and your heart.

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

For over 25 years, ArtAndes has worked with the women's co-op 'Minka' (Quechua for working together) in Puno, Peru. Below, Melanie Ebertz with Minka members.

Melanie organizes trips to Peru every year, during which the ArtAndes tour group members get to visit the artisans' homes.

Per Melanie, Alpaca fiber is one of the world's finest, with an average micron count of 18-25 (the itch or prickle starts over 30 micron). It is compared in softness to Cashmere, yet more strong & resilient. Alpaca fiber has more thermal capacity than that of almost any other animal.

The fiber is made up of scales which contain microscopic air pockets which gives it high insulation value. Alpaca is found in 22 basic colors from white to jet black.

Minka hand-spins all their yarn on a drop spindle, it's pure and luxurious. Historically the fine alpaca fiber was reserved for Peru's royalty. Well, you are royal, go slip your hands into this luxury fiber!

The mittens are available in both single and double thickness.  I couldn't resist taking home one of the gorgeous scarves (hanging on either side of the mittens).  Both would make meaningful gifts - but don't forget to treat yourself, too!  :) 

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

No dyes - these mittens are the natural alpaca fiber colors.

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Visit Melanie at the Mill City Farmers Market every Saturday in October from 9a-1p. Click here to learn more about Comunidad, a non-profit organization formed in 2002 by ArtAndes and friends. They work with indigenous Peruvians whose lives were decimated by terrorism.

Finally - I came across this blog highlighting a tour from several years ago.  Loved it! :)

Wednesday
Oct012014

Always Something Interesting at the Mill City Farmers Market Info Booth - Like This 13+ Pound Kholrabi!

Be sure to stop by the Info Booth during your next visit to the Market (which will be October 4, correct?).  In addition to information on memberships, vendors, the daily activities, token purchases, MCFM merchandise and various brochures - you might come across an interesting activity.

At the September 27 Market, shoppers had a chance to win $10 in Market tokens for guessing the weight of this ginourmous kholrabi from Seed to Seed Farm.  The prize went to Jessica Whitcomb-Trance.  She guessed 13.07 pounds, and the actual weight was 13.2 pounds.

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Sep302014

Minnesota State Horticultural Society Honors Mill City Farmers Market Vendor

Congratulations to Dr. Harold Wilkins of Goldfinch Flowers on being recognized for his years of service to the field of horticulture.  He is the 2014 recipient of the Bronze Award from the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.  Look for a feature article on all the winners in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener.

September 27, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS) statewide awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to horticulture and greening efforts in public gardens, community projects and through exemplary community achievements.