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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

Tuesday
Jul072015

2015 Mill City Farmers Market Kids Cooking Contest - Entry Deadline is July 20

Do you have (or know someone who has) a budding junior chef at home?  If so, consider entering them in the 2015 Mill City Farmers Market Kids Cooking Contest (for kids 7 - 12 years old). 

Please Note - The entry deadline is July 20.  

The winner will prepare their recipe at the August 8 Mill City Cooks demo, and must be available with their adult guardian from 8:00a-11:30a that day.  They will start the morning by shopping for the local ingredients to be used in the demo. (The MCFM will provide a stipend for the ingredients purchased at the Market.)

Recipes must feature ingredients from the Market, and be quick, simple dishes that take no longer than a 1/2 hour to prepare.  They should be no-cook, or prepared on a stovetop or grill.

Please email recipes to info@millcityfarmersmarket.org.

The Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Contest is sponsored by UCare.  Last year's winner was an adorable and talented young lady, Vanessa Reyes-Romero, who prepared a Mexican Flag Salad. Below, she's holding a prize basket that's almost as big as her!

August 2, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

August 2, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

August 2, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Jul062015

Mill City Cooks: Thai Style Grilled Cabbage Slaw and Red, White and Blue Potato Salad

For the July 4th Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Heather Hartman wanted to have an Independence Day-themed dish - thus the Red, White and Blue Potato Salad, with tri-colored potatoes available at the Market.  She also made a fantastic Thai Style Grilled Cabbage Slaw to go with it.  Yum and yum!

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Radishes added some of the red to the "Red, White and Blue".

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

This potato salad is both hard-boiled egg and mayo-free.  Heather tossed the potatoes with a light dressing and generous heap of chopped dill.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

On to the grilled slaw. Red cabbage is beautiful, yes, but Savoy cabbage - now that's a work of vegetable art.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Everything gets a brush of oil before it goes on the grill.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Super sweet and delicious Mokum carrots from Loon Organics went into this recipe.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather encourages the use vegetable greens.  In this case, she washed and retained the carrot greens to include in slaw.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The finished dishes were displayed on a plate from art vendor Adam Gruetzmacher.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes from all the Mill City Cooks demos are available online.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

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

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Jul042015

Shopping Basket from the July 4 Mill City Farmers Market

Unexpected treat in the basket this week - a 100% organic clarified butter called Ghee, from Aama's Ethnic Kitchen (the talented people behind Gorkha Palace).  Real Foods had the first gigantic heirloom tomatoes of the season. Also new in the basket - Sassy Honey BBQ Brats from Braucher's Sunshine Harvest Farm. :)

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Jul042015

High Presence of Mill City Farmers Market Vendors in the 2015 Eat Local Farm Tour

Six of the twenty-one producers featured in the July 18 2015 Eat Local Farm Tour are MCFM Vendors.  They include: Stone's Throw Urban Farm, The Beez Kneez, Singing Hills Goat Dairy, Shepherd's Way Farms, Star Prairie Trout Farm and Women's Environmental Institute(WEI). The tour gives attendees the opportunity to see these operations in person and get to know the staff better. More Info.

Click here for a related article in The Journal.

Photo credit - The Journal 

Friday
Jul032015

Northern Fires Pizza at the Mill City Farmers Market

Arie Peisert and the Northern Fires team served pizza from their mobile wood-fired oven at the June 27 Market.

Where do they get their ingredients?  Look no further than the vendors at the Market, including Seed to Seed Farm, Stone's Throw Urban Farm, Red Table Meat Co. and Sunrise Flour Mill

Northern Fires will return to the Market on July 11 and July 25, August 8 and 22, and September 5.

Email arie@northernfirespizza.com if you'd like information on having Northern Fires cater a party.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Jul012015

Do You Really Need a Reason to Shop at a Farmers Market?

Here's one - they know what they're selling (because they grew it), and it's not shrink-wrapped.

Tuesday
Jun302015

American Academy of Neurology Bike Helmet Giveaway at the Mill City Farmers Market

June 27 was Brain Health Day at the Mill City Farmers Market.  To raise awareness about protecting the brain against injury, American Academy of Neurology (AAN) gave away 1,000 bike helmets for adults and children. 

The free bike helmet giveaway also coincided with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proclamation of Brain Health Awareness Day in the city, and was part of a larger donation from the AAN to the city of Minneapolis through a partnership with local non-profit organizations such as the Minneapolis Police Department’s Bike Cops for Kids.

AAN is a valued Mill District neighbor and fellow MCFM Sponsor located directly across the street from the Market. On select busy Saturdays, their beautiful boulevard along Chicago becomes an extension of the Market.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

In addition to the helmet giveaway, AAN provided a fun atmosphere to keep the kids entertained while waiting their turn to be fitted for a helmet.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Shoppers with their helmets.  :)

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

There was also an opportunity to contribute to the American Brain Foundation - $ well spent!  :)

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Jun292015

Mill City Cooks: Greens Soup with Pesto Garnish

For the June 27 Mill City Cooks demo, Market Chef Jenny Breen prepared Greens Soup with Pesto Garnish. 

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

For the pesto, Jenny used one of her favorite cheeses - the Friesago from Shepherd's Way Farms.  It's a perfect substitute for parmesan.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

While Jenny used walnuts for this demo, she pointed out that you can use any nut you like.  When available, I prefer the hazlenuts from Hazelnut Valley Farm.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

For this demo, Jenny showed shoppers how pesto can be made without a food processor - it just takes a little longer.  She demonstrated a continuous rocking motion for fine shopping - the knife doesn't lose connection with the cutting board.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Once the garlic chives, herbs and nuts were sufficiently chopped, they were combined with the grated cheese and mixed with fresh squeezed lemon juice and olive oli.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny talked about using Ghee (a type of clarified butter) from Gorkha Palace, rather than regular butter.  During her demos she always stresses the importance of incorporating healthy fats in our diets.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

An immersion blender quickly turned the cooked veggies into soup.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes from all the Mill City Cooks demos are available online.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny displayed the finished product in a bowl from Adam Gruetzmacher.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Check out Jenny's Cooking Up the Good Life: Creative Recipes for the Family Table.

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

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

Saturday
Jun272015

Shopping Basket from the June 27 Mill City Farmers Market

New items in the basket this week - the first Mokum carrots of the season (yay!) from Burning River Farm, Horseradish Mustard from The Market Chef, Spicy Organic Olive Oil from French Nugget, yellow summer squash from Seed to Seed and No Bite! natural bug repellent from Body Bliss.  :)

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Jun262015

Heritage Bread CSA Pick Up at Mill City Farmers Market

Would you love to enjoy artisan bread made with Sunrise Flour Mill heritage wheat flour (without having to bake it yourself)?  Now you can!

Jonathan Kaye of Heritage Bread will expertly bake the bread for you, and you can pick it up at the Sunrise Flour Mill booth at the Mill City Farmers Market.  You can place an order while you're at the Market, or order online and it will be waiting for you to pick up at the Market.

Questions? Call 763-370-4282 or email Jonathan@heritagebreads.com.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Jun242015

June 20 Meet Your Vegetables at the Mill City Farmers Market: "Massaged" Greens

Meet Your Vegetables is fun feature of the Mill City Farmers Market.  Market nutrition interns demonstrate quick, easy recipes for customers to sample raw, often underutilized vegetables.

The June 20 demo was "Massaged" Greens, featuring kale.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Stop by their booth for a delicious sample and a recipe to take home. The future 2015 dates are June 27; July 4, 18, 25; and August 1, 15, 22, 29.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Meet Your Vegetables is sponsored by Allina Health. In 2014, interns handed out over 10,000 healthy samples and recipes to market customers!

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Jun232015

Northern Waters Smokehaus at the Mill City Farmers Market

The Market welcomed Northern Waters Smokehaus as a new Vendor this year. A wildly popular stop for many a traveler to the Duluth area, Northern Waters Smokehaus is committed to using local, sustainably raised meats and fish in their smoked fish, handcrafted smoked meats, and artisan salumi products.

They will return to the July 11, August 1 and 22, September 12, and October 3 and 24 Markets.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Their line of smoked fish (salmon, trout, white fish) is absolutely wonderful. I personally don't care for salmon (blasphemy, right?), but I really enjoyed the smoked salmon from Northern Waters Smokehaus.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Okay, I admit it - I wasn't familiar with the term "salumi" and had to Google it. Salumi are Italian cold cuts predominantly made from pork.  :)

Monday
Jun222015

Mill City Cooks: Marinated Tri Tip with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

Market Chef Heather Hartman welcomed Chef Andrew Ikeda of Lake and Irving to the June 20 Mill City Cooks demo.  Using the new Napolean grill provided to the Market by Warners' Stellian, Andrew grilled Marinated Tri Tips from Braucher's Sunshine Harvest Farm and vegetables while Heather cooked up a batch of Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Andrew shared info on cuts of meat, grilling temps and timing, and the proper way to slice meat.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes from Mill City Cooks demos can be found online.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather displayed the finished product on a dish from art vendor Christy Wetzig.

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

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

 

Saturday
Jun202015

Shopping Basket from the June 20 Mill City Farmers Market

Little baby zucchinis arrived at the June 20 Market - perfect for grilling or roasting whole. I was happy to see  Braucher's Sunshine Harvest Farm brought back the boneless chicken breasts. We are trying the Viola blossoms from Seven Songs Organic Farm and a new snack from Artisan MN- Curtido Kraut Krisps. 

June 20, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
Jun182015

Take this Mill City Farmers Market Survey and be Entered for a Chance to Win $50 in Market Tokens

The Mill City Farmers Market is asking for your thoughts as to how they can better serve you and the community.  Your feedback will help them continue to grow, thrive, and support their loyal customers.

Please take a few moments to fill out this anonymous survey. You will be entered to win $50 in Market tokens!