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10am-1pm inside the Mill City Museum
Bonus Market Dates:
Nov. 22 at Mill City Museum
March 7 at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
We are so fortunate to have such a lively, engaged food community! Our local chefs and restauranteurs go beyond just adding local foods to their menus, they truly know and support their farmers and producers.
Twin Cities cherished Birchwood Cafe (3311 E 25th Street) is hosting Shepherd's Way Farms Kickstarter open house next Tuesday, January 6, 5-9pm. We invite you to stop by, bring some friends, and enjoy our cheese and some Birchwood appetizers. We'll be there to talk cheese, answer questions, and chat!
Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends!
Hope to see you there!
Steven & Jodi
This project will only be funded if at least $58,000 is pledged by Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 3:34pm CST.
Please help us spread the word! :)
Don't miss the December 13 Market! It's the perfect place to shop for great food, art, clothing, jewelry and even unique furniture pieces. Bring your gift list, too. Family, friends, and anyone you'd like to show a little year-end gratitude to will appreciate a treat from the Market. You'll find anything from granola to mittens.
If this is the year you're going to fill your home with the lovely scent of a real tree, come down the to December 13 Mill City Farmers Market at the Mill City Museum. Jeff Nistler and his staff will have trees ranging from table top size to 8 feet tall. They will primarily be Fraser firs from Wisconsin growers Jeff has worked with for many years.
When you buy a tree from Nistler, you're assured no herbicides were used during the growing process (which I'm told is a rarity in the Christmas tree business).
Other added bonuses:
- Customers who live in the nearby condos can ask about free delivery.
- Nistler will also have tree stands available and biodegradable bags (often times apartments and condos require trees be brought in and out with a protective bag).
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Heather substituted parsnips for celery root during the demo.
Recipes demo'd at Mill City Cooks can be found under the Resources section of MCFM's website.
Thank you to The Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the 2014 season of Mill City Cooks.
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!
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!
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.
Ian displayed the finished products in a dish from Fringe and Fettle Ceramics.
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.
Thank you to The Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the 2014 season of Mill City Cooks.
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!