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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

Friday
Sep042015

Meet Your Vegetables: Brussels Sprout Apple Salad

Brussels Sprout Apple Salad - the perfect way to take advantage of these two items currently available in abundance at the Market.  Market ingredients include apples, Brussels sprouts, basil and honey.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Click on the recipe card for a larger image.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Meet Your Vegetables is sponsored by Allina Health.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
Sep032015

The Bolt Coffee and Juice Bar at Mill City Farmers Market 

Whether you need a hot drink to take the chill off, or a fresh juice to cool off with - stop by the The Bolt Coffee and Juice Bar on your next visit to the Market.  Check out their Facebook page for weekly specials!

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

May 23, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 18, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Sep022015

Sunrise Creative Gourmet Kickstarter Campaign

Sunrise Creative Gourmet is a popular vendor at the Market, selling dry pasta, frozen entrees, sauces and desserts.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

They recently closed their Pierce Butler store, and will re-open at 1085 Grand Avenue in St. Paul. The new location will be part market, part cafe - offering a variety of their traditional bakery treats, coffee, soups, salads and sandwiches.  They've launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the move.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Aug312015

Mill City Cooks: Easy School Lunches

For the August 29 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen created a variety of options to mix and match for healthy and tasty school lunches, including salads, mini sandwiches on baguette slices and tortilla wraps.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny suggested making a batch of quinoa to have on hand throughout the week. It can be added to salads, served with a sauce and meat, stirred into an omelet - use your imagination!

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

She started with a salad of fresh greens, diced tomatoes, quinoa, sautéed vegetables, Singing Hills Goat Dairy chevre and a light dressing.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny encourages the use of eggs as a versatile source of protein.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

This pan of sautéed vegetables included green onions, cauliflower and sweet corn.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny's carrot and cashew paté packs protein and vitamins, along with flavor from garlic and a sprinkle of sea salt.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

This little girl intently watched the entire demo. The overhead mirror allowed her to see everything happening on the cutting board.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Samples are also shared with the vendors.  The eggs Jenny used were from Braucher's Sunshine Harvest Farm.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market  

Thank you to the Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the Mill City Cooks demos.  You can find recipes from the Mill City Cooks demos online.

Saturday
Aug292015

Shopping Basket from the August 29 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week are butternut and spaghetti squash, Brussels sprouts, raspberry jam from The Market Chef and Mango Chutney from Gorkha Palace. I always say I learn something new every week at the Market, and today it was jaggery and fenugreek, which are two ingredients in the chutney.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Aug292015

Satisfying Meatless Meals - Ingredients from the Mill City Farmers Market

With an interesting variety of ingredients from the Market, there's plenty of flavor, texture and color for satisfying meatless meals. This week, a large batch of roasted delicata squash, green beans and onions served as the base. Some days I had them with fermented carrots and Pesto Torte (a chevre product from Singing Hills Goat Dairy). For other meals, I substituted fermented red cabbage for the carrots, curry chevre for the Pesto Tortes, and added a scoop of kale and hazel nut pesto (also made with Market ingredients).

   

 

Friday
Aug282015

The Loft Literary Center Celebrates "40" at Mill City Farmers Market

You may have heard that The Loft Literary Center turns 40 this year.  From 8:00a on the 21st thru Midnight on the 22nd it was a nonstop celebration with events taking place around the community. So of course they brought the party to the August 22 Market.  In case you missed the hubbub surrounding this milestone, check out this MPR article.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers MarketAbove, Hannah Holman and Karen Sternal.

The Loft hosted "40 events for 40 years in 40 hours" during the weekend.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Booth visitors got to be poets for a day with these Poetry on a Stick cards.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Oh, there's this, too... :D

Thursday
Aug272015

Fermenting at Home With a DIY Kit From Artisan MN

One of my favorite new products at the Market this year are the Ginger Lime Carrots from Peg and John Brossart of Artisan MN. In addition to the carrots, they offer a line of Krauts, DIY Fermentation Kits and Kraut Krisps. They make it easy to get a daily dose of probiotics, the live bacteria and yeasts necessary for a healthy digestive system. 

I have been experimenting with their DIY Fermentation Kit.

The process couldn't be easier.  Put shredded cabbage and salt in a large bowl and man handle it until it breaks down and releases it's natural juices.  Next, pack it in the jar and add enough salt water to cover the top of the product.  Store it in a cool, dark place and check it weekly until it reaches the potency you desire.

I used red cabbage for the second batch, simply for the beautiful color.

The finished batch - one for home, one for the office. :)

NOTE - The first batch of anything is usually a trial and error situation, and this was no different.  The directions may have some quantity typos (too little cabbage, too much salt), but adjustments to the second batch yielded perfect results.

Wednesday
Aug262015

Meet Your Vegetables: Bell Pepper Salad

You can stuff peppers, eat them raw, or...make a Bell Pepper Salad - which was the recipe demo'd at the August 22 Market by the Meet Your Vegetables team.  In addition to peppers, other Market ingredients include red onions, garlic and oregano. (And chickpeas, if you were lucky enough to score some earlier in the season from Yee Xiong!)  Meet Your Vegetables is sponsored by Allina Health.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Click on the recipe card for a larger view.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Aug252015

Valspar Adds a Spash of Color to the Mill City Farmers Market

Valspar was the Community Booth at the August 22 Mill City Farmers Market.  They have been a super supporter of not only the Market, but other nonprofit organizations in the neighborhood (see this July 12 post.)

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The high energy Valspar team manned a booth featuring face painting and giveaways for kids and adults, including heavy duty tote bags, coupons for free paint samples at Ace Hardware stores, crayons, hats and more.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Did you know that Valspar is the national paint sponsor for Habitat for Humanity operations in the United States?  Love it!

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

I saw a lot of these hats walking around the Market - including one on Dave. :)

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Aug242015

Mill City Cooks: Grilled Eggplant Roulades with a Fresh Tomato Sauce

There are eggplants aplenty at the Market now, and Chef Heather Hartman made good use of them in a Grilled Eggplant Roulades with a Fresh Tomato Sauce recipe for the August 22 Mill City Cooks demo.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

First, the eggplants are sliced, brushed with olive oil and grilled on foil.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The roulades are filled with a mixture of cheeses, sauted greens and herbs.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather used fresh Ricotta from Shepherd's Way Farms and chevre from Singing Hills Goat Dairy.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

She talked about using the fresh herbs you like.  One herb she used was amaranth, which she got from Pam at the Prairie Hollow Farm booth (because if you're looking for something out of the ordinary - see Pam!).

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The tomato sauce includes tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper. It can be served either chunky (as shown) or smooth.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Below, the roulades are displayed on a platter created by Matthew Krousey Ceramics, a frequent art vendor at the Market.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes from the Mill City Cooks demos can be found online.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

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

Saturday
Aug222015

Shopping Basket from the August 22 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week - ginger and Delicata squash from Seven Songs Organic Farm, and a lovely little peach pie from Very Prairie.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Aug222015

Pear, Cheese and Chocolate Plate - Ingredients from the Mill City Farmers Market

Pears are now available at the Ames Farm booth, and one way to enjoy them is with Big Woods Blue from Shepherd's Way Farms and chocolate from French Nugget. (I like to drizzle a little Ames 100% pure unfiltered honey on pear slices, too.)

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Aug212015

Yay! JAMF Software Sponsors the Power of Produce Program at Mill City Farmers Market

We are absolutely giddy to learn that JAMF Software is providing the seed money for the Power of Produce (PoP) program!  Per Katherine Heilmann, MCFM Marketing and Events Manager, they expect to see their 500th PoP member sign up this Saturday, August 22, during the Market. This program is free to participants, but is an additional expense the Market must cover. As a non-profit, they rely on sponsors and proceeds from their annual Harvest Social to operate. So, a big thank you to JAMF for being a part of this important program!

The Mill City Farmers Market launched the PoP program this year.  It's an excellent way to get  kids ages 5-12 involved in the Farmers Market experience.  The program includes a veggie passport and weekly $2 market tokens to be spent on a fruit or veggie of their choosing, plus samples that show kids how to enjoy snacking on these items.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

It's easy, too! Each child's active passport is kept on file at the Market - so no need for the parent or guardian to keep track of it. Participants stop by the booth to get their passport stamped, pick up a token to use that day and enjoy a sample. (Tokens can also be saved and spent at a future market for a larger purchase.) Kids can join the club anytime during the program period.

July 4, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The Power Of Produce (POP) Club is a nationally recognized kids program that started at the Oregon City Farmers Market in May 2011 to empower kids to make healthy food choices and introduce them to where their food comes from.

Thursday
Aug202015

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) at the Mill City Farmers Market

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was an August 15 Community Booth at the Market.  They promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests by setting standards for responsible forest management.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Visitors to their booth got to spin the wheel for a free product, and add their thoughts to the message board on what they love about forests.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

You can choose responsibly-grown forest products by looking for the FSC logo on wood and paper products.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market