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Celebrating their 13th Season!

Mill City Farmers Market 2018 Dates:

Every Saturday / May 5 - October 27

Mill City Farmers Market 2018 Hours:

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (October Hours 9a-1p)

Mill City Farmers Market Location:

704 S. Second St. Minneapolis, MN

Sunday
Sep232018

Scenes from the September 22 Mill City Farmers Market

The annual Bread Festival took place at the September 22 Mill City Farmers Market, featuring sample loaves from local home bakers, plus presentations from local baking and flour professionals.

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Below are some of the loaves presented by local home bakers:

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

All were welcome to try their hand at seed art:

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Milly the goat!

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market 

Sunday
Sep232018

Shopping Basket from the September 22 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Romanesco broccoli from Loon Organics, grape jelly from Serious Jam, Ireland Creek Annie heirlooms beans from Encore Farm, shrimp of the woods mushrooms from Prairie Hollow Farm, and Escape garlic scape pesto from Seven Songs Organic Farm.

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
Sep162018

Shopping Basket from the September 15 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Well Rooted Tea. I also picked up a few pairs of aloe infused alpaca socks from The Abbey. They first became available last year, and I can honestly say they are the best socks I've ever owned (even better than Thorlo, which says a lot!).

Saturday
Sep082018

Shopping Basket from the September 8 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Pears from Horner's Corner, peanuts from Bean Market, goat sausages from Singing Hills Dairy and Lemon Garlic Dill fermented cabbage from Kiss My Cabbage.

September 8, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

 

Monday
Sep032018

Shopping Basket from the September 1 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Majestic Purple potatoes from Burning River Farm, bread from Sift Gluten Free, chocolate peppers for Urban Roots, and Heritage Bran Muffin and Pancake Mix from Sunrise Flour Mill (which is currently in the "Beta" phase and being tested by a few various customers - I'm looking forward to using it in Labor Day pancakes!).

September 1, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Aug292018

ArtAndes Welcomes Andean Weavers to the September 8, 15 and 22 Mill City Farmers Markets

Visit the Mill City Farmers Market September 8th, 15th or 22nd and be transported to the heights of the Andes with a lively cultural presentation.

Welcome two Andean weavers from Chinchero, Peru, while they demonstrate their artistry on traditional back strap looms. Maruja and Juana represent a weaving cooperative, Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Their textiles are collected by the Smithsonian, the Textile Museum and other significant institutions.

The ancient craft has its roots in pre-Incan ancestry and is an important part of their rich indigenous culture.

"The harmony of color, the beauty and fastness of dyes and the perfection of weaving place these weavings in a class of their own." Melanie Ebertz

Melanie Ebertz, owner of ArtAndes and a long time vendor at the MCFM, leads culture, art, and history trips to Peru and is dedicated to helping preserve the Andean weaving techniques. Unique finely woven pieces are available for sale at the Mill City Farmers Market (inside the train shed) Saturdays thru October. You'll find a beautiful array of rugs, pillows, purses, wall hangings and more. You can also visit ArtAndes' studio in the Northrup King Building.

According to Melanie, Peru has the largest collection of ancient textiles in the world. A surprisingly large number of extremely elaborate weavings still exist, spanning from about 3000 B.C. to the present. They form the longest continuous textile record in world history.

Below, as soon as the weavers arrived, they immediately started unpacking their wares. The morning after arrival, they were set up in Melanie's backyard and resumed weaving!

 

 

Saturday
Aug252018

Shopping Basket from the August 25 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Butternut squash Dawn2Dusk Farm, okra from the Bean Market, ginger from Seven Songs Organic Farm and First Kiss apples from Ames Farm. (FYI - those First Kiss apples are to die for, and I'm told they will only be available for one more Market and that's it for the season.)

Friday
Aug242018

Summer is Winding Down - Take Advantage of These Remaining MCFM Tuesday Night Market Events in The Commons

You have 5 opportunities left to experience the 2018 Mill City Farmers Market Tuesday Night Markets in The Commons. Bring a blanket and enjoy an end of summer picnic dinner!

In addition to local and organic groceries plus the special events listed by each date below, you'll find:

- Live Music every week from 6 to 8 pm
- Bag toss, ping-pong, kubb and other lawn games
- 4 acres of green park space for picnics and more
- Meet Your Vegetables demonstrations
- Power of Produce kids veggie tasting club
- CSA Pick Up

August 28 - Beer & Wine Night with Day Block Brewing, plus 5:30pm Vinyasa & Veggies with Alchemy365

September 4 - 5:30pm Vinyasa & Veggies with Alchemy365

September 11 - 5:30pm Vinyasa & Veggies with Alchemy365

September 18 - Beer & Wine Night with Day Block Brewing; 5:30pm Vinyasa & Veggies with Alchemy365

September 25 - MN Orchestra Night (Market will be on West Block)

Saturday
Aug112018

Shopping Basket from the August 11 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: watermelon from Loon Organics, Cheddar Biscuit Croutons from Heritage Breads, and rutabagas from Mhonpaj’s Garden.

August 11, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Aug062018

National Night Out at Mill City Night Market

Via an August 6 e-newsletter from the Mill City Farmers Market:

Join your co-workers, neighbors and friends for an interactive salad dressing giveaway, live music, face-painting, local groceries, food trucks and a fresh food drive benefiting Waite House!

On Tuesday, August 7th Mill City Farmers Market is celebrating National Night Out at its Night Market in The Commons park (425 Portland Avenue S) from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition to hosting local farmers and food makers, free yoga, lawn games and live music like all other Night Markets, which run every Tuesday through the end of September, Mill City Night Market will be encouraging community and summer picnics for National Night Out by putting on a fresh food drive benefiting Waite House, an interactive salad dressing giveaway and face painting in the 4.2 acre green space next to US Bank Stadium.
   
For the food drive, Night Market visitors are encouraged to bring pantry items or purchase fresh produce from the market’s farmers. Waite House, established in 1958 in Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood, is a neighborhood center that integrates civic engagement with human services to foster positive change in the community. Their services include employment training, youth development and basic service like their food shelf. Donations for the food drive should be brought to the Market’s green information booth.
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Salad time! The Night Market will also be hosting a DIY salad dressing giveaway. You can learn the best ratios for making a simple vinaigrette, experiment with different oils, vinegars and other pantry items and walk away with a free two-ounce salad dressing to enjoy on fresh market veggies! While supplies last.
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Mill City Night Market continues every Tuesday until the end of September with locally grown summer grocery staples like fresh salad greens, tomatoes, pasture-raised meat for the grill, fresh bread and also a wide assortment of farm-to-table prepared foods for to-go dinners and week night picnics in the park. In addition to great food, Mill City Farmers Market stays true to its mission of offering “can-do” cooking and wellness education and being a space for community engagement through recipe sampling, free yoga classes, live music, monthly beer and wine nights with neighborhood brewery Day Block Brewing. Check out the line-up below or visit millcityfarmersmarket.org for more information.
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August & September Market Events Schedule
August 14 – Zero Waste Night
August 28 – Beer & Wine Night with Day Block Brewing
September 18 – Beer & Wine Night with Day Block Brewing
September 25 – Free Concert by The Minnesota Orchestra at 6 p.m.
Free Market Yoga (5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Commons lawn with Alchemy and YogaFit Studios, all levels)
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
September 4, 11 & 18
Music Line Up (6 to 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
August 7 – Michael Keys & Jim Krans
August 14 – Upper Midwest Folk Fiddlers
August 21 – Honest Maude
August 28 – Lila Ammons
September 4 – The Moonlight Duo
September 11 – Roe Family Singers
September 18 – HamDog
September 25 – Sam Timmreck from 4 to 6 p.m.
 
Mill City Night Market Vendors:
 
Farmers & Grocery
  • Bean Market – heirloom dry beans and fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Best Cellar – pickled vegetables and mushroom jerky
  • Burning River Farm – Certified Naturally Grown vegetables
  • Calvit’s Shrubs – vinegar drink mixes
  • Dawn2Dusk Farm – Certified Organic fruit and vegetables
  • Holistic Health Farm – microgreens and other vegetables
  • Horner’s Corner – maple syrup and seasonal fruit
  • Nistler Farms – melon, sweet corn and tomatoes
  • Northerly Flora – Minneapolis urban flower farm with fresh bouquets
  • Prairie Hollow Farm – fresh fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, farmstead cheese and bread
  • Sunshine Harvest Farm – grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken & eggs, pork, lamb and bison
  • Well-Rooted Teas – loose leaf tea
  • Wild Run Salmon
Dinner & Sweet Treats
  • Black Cat – barbecue, rice bowls and more
  • Chef Shack – tacos, burgers, and brats
  • Gohan – sushi
  • Green Garden Bakery
  • Northern Fires Pizza
  • Saint Pops – fresh juice popsicles
  • Solomon’s Bakery
  • Sonny’s Ice Cream
Local Artists
  • Aprilierre – jewelry
  • Crankosaurus Press – Tea towels hand printed in St. Paul
  • Fair Anita – jewelry and apparel
Founded in 2006 by acclaimed local chef Brenda Langton, Mill City Farmers Market is Minneapolis’ trusted source for healthy, local and organic groceries, bringing a wide assortment of fresh food, cooking education and live entertainment to three beautiful places. The Market’s flagship Saturday Market and indoor Winter Market are located next to the Guthrie Theater on 2nd Street S and Chicago Avenue. Subscribe to the Mill City Night Market’s weekly email newsletter here.
Saturday
Aug042018

Shopping Basket from the August 4 Mill City Farmers Market

It was a dark, rainy day at the August 4 Mill City Farmers Market, but you wouldn't know it by the colorful basket of goodness we came home with. :)

Sunday
Jul292018

Shopping Basket from the July 28 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Melon from Nistler Farms, Brussels sprouts and heirloom beans from Bean Market, and Peach-melon juice from Zula Juice.

July 28, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Jul252018

Mill City Farmers Market 2018 Harvest Social is Sunday, September 9

The Mill City Farmers Market 2018 Harvest Social is scheduled for Sunday, September 9, 4:30p - 7:00p inside the train shed connected to the Mill City Museum. This event is MCFM's single fundraiser of the year and supports the work of their new Charitable Fund. Vendor fees cover just 25% of their operating budget. and they rely on our community, sponsors and individuals to achieve the Market’s goal of Growing a Healthier Community. Please consider sponsoring a table, buying tickets or making a donation, today. You can also stop by the Info Booth while you're at the MCFM to learn more.
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Saturday
Jul212018

Shopping Basket from the July 21 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket today: Sweet corn, celery, tri-color fingerling potatoes, patty pans, pita bread from Heritage Bread Co, and ProCured Mushroom Jerky.

July 21, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
Jul152018

Shopping Basket from the July 14 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: water spinach, Chinese long beans, eggplant, bell peppers, leeks, Pure Maple Cream from Horner's Corner, and Creamy Cannellini & Garlic Hummus from Jen's Jars (a product promoted by MCFM sponsor, Lakewinds Food Co-op).

July 14, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market