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Celebrating their 13th Season!

Mill City Farmers Winter Market 2018/19 Dates:

Thanksgiving Harvest Markets – Nov. 10 & 17

Holiday Markets – Dec. 1, 8 & 15

January 12 & 26

February 9 & 23

March 9 & 23

April 13 & 27

Mill City Farmers Winter Market 2018/19 Hours:

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Mill City Farmers Market Location:

Mill City Museum

704 S. Second St. Minneapolis, MN

Thursday
Dec272018

Farm Visit: Winter at Bean Market

Via a December 27 Mill City Farmers Market e-newsletter:

Were you as excited as us to see Napa cabbage at our market on December 15? Xai and her husband Tongsee, owners of Bean Market farm, are known affectionately as the "farming wizards" at MCFM. Decades of farming experience has given them the know-how to have the latest selection of storage crops like cabbage and sweet potatoes. We went to St. Paul to learn some tips from the experts!

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Tongsee in front of his greenhouse

Xai’s Quick-braised Cabbage and Beans

This recipe comes from Xai Lor of Bean Market. Serves 4-6 as a side dish and can easily be doubled for a large group.

Did you know? Beans are customarily eaten on New Year’s Day across many cultures for good luck and prosperity in the new year. Enjoy this side dish with roasted chicken, grilled whitefish or fried tempeh strips & soy sauce to make this recipe your #WeeklyMarketMeal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried beans from Bean Market, soaked overnight (heirloom soldier beans are beautiful, but any variety will work)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut, sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated with a microplane grater
  • 2-3 cloves peeled garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 head of Napa cabbage, roughly chopped
  • Salt or soy sauce, to taste (about 1 teaspoon)
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste

Method

Boil soaked beans for 30-40 minutes until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, warm oil in a large pan on medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and continue cooking, stirring often, for 2 more minutes. Add cabbage, salt and beans and continue cooking for 10 minutes, or less for crunchier cabbage. Season with more salt (or soy sauce) and red pepper flakes if desired and serve warm.

Thursday
Dec202018

Why Buy Local?

Article by Jenny Heck, Marketing and Events Manager, Mill City Farmers Market

Shopping locally isn’t always the most convenient or cheapest way to buy groceries. However, when you buy seasonal vegetables, handmade bread, pasture-raised eggs and other goods from the 120 farmers and food makers at the Mill City Farmers Market, your neighborhood food co-op and other local retailers, you are paying for the whole cost of the product. Local, sustainable farmers and makers don’t externalize the costs onto the environment, our community’s health, or poor wages and working conditions for their staff and themselves. Shopping locally also has many other benefits and supports a healthier environment and community and provides safer, more nutritious food for you and your family! Read on to learn exactly what you are supporting when you buy local.

Challenge yourself to eat locally one night a week throughout the winter! Mill City Farmers Market’s chefs are here to inspire your #WeeklyMarketMeal throughout the frozen months with the recipe below and our recipe archive at millcityfarmersmarket.org. Mill City Farmers Market’s next winter market is Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Mill City Museum (704 S 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55401).

Honey Ricotta Pancakes

Recipe courtesy of Mill City Farmers Market. Makes 4 large pancakes.

Ingredients

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Butter a heavy frying pan and fry large dollops of batter over medium heat. Turn cakes once small bubbles appear.

Serve pancakes with more honey, thawed frozen berries or even chopped dried lavender or other herbs. The possibilities are endless!

Sunday
Nov112018

Mill City Farmers Market Moves Inside for the 2018-2019 Winter Season

November 10th marked the start of the Mill City Farmers Market's 2018-2019 winter season inside the Mill City Museum. This year's schedule is as follows:

Thanksgiving Harvest Market – November 17
Holiday Markets – December 1, 8 & 15
January 12 & 26
February 9 & 23
March 9 & 23
April 13 & 27

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Milly the goat! :)

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market 

Sunday
Nov112018

Shopping Basket from the November 10 Mill City Farmers Market

November 10, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
Oct282018

Shopping Basket from the October 27 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Raw seeds from Mhonpaj’s Garden. Per May Lee's advise, I washed and dried them, and then baked in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes, stirring a few times and keeping a close watch to assure no burning. Nice snack!

Saturday
Oct202018

Shopping Basket from the October 20 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Kidney beans from Bean Market, Matcha Green Tea & Glacial Clay Facial Masks from Body Bliss, red kuri and sweet dumpling squash from Nistler Farm, and bacon cheddar bread from Heritage Breads. Plus, I stocked up on the alpaca socks from The Abbey Alpacas.

Saturday
Oct132018

Shopping Basket from the October 13 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: a frozen steel-cut oatmeal meal from 3 Bear Oats (also available at Lakewinds Co-op, a Mill City Farmers Market sponsor), and a French lavender woven ornament from French Nugget.

Saturday
Oct062018

Shopping Basket from the October 6 Mill City Farmers Market

The ornamental gourds and mini pumpkins have arrived! 

Sunday
Sep302018

Scenes from the September 29 Mill City Farmers Market

The Elk River German Band returned for the annual Mill City Farmers Market Oktoberfest on September 29.

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

It seemed more like late October with all the hats, scarves and winter apparel both vendors and shoppers were sporting.

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

It was a perfect day to invest in a gorgeous alpaca sweater or accessory from ArtAndes.

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Below, James Beard Award winning local author Beth Dooley (white jacket) led a Friends of the Market Tour.

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Below, Chef Jenny Breen demo'd Kale Kimchi Salad, which included a small mountain of produce from the Market, including: cabbage, kale, carrots, radishes, garlic, green onions, ginger, honey, heirloom beans, sweet potatoes and Delicata squash.

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

April Barnhart of Aprilierre has a new line of Convex rings, part of her ExperiMetal-Zero collection made from pieces of medal left over from larger pieces work. For example, the ring next to her pinky finger in the below picture has two circles, one of which came from the punch out on the bracelet in the following picture. It's part of an effort to reduce waste, and has gained her renown in the jewelry community.

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Milly the goat!

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market 

Saturday
Sep292018

Shopping Basket from the September 29 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Baby clothes from Sassy Knitwear - so many fun colors and patterns to choose from!

September 29, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Sep262018

Beth Dooley's Friends of the Market Tour

Beth Dooley's Friends of the Market Tour

You're invited to tour the Market with James Beard Award winning local author Beth Dooley this Saturday, September 29. Learn tips for shopping and cooking seasonally and meet her favorite farmers and makers!

Tour includes a cup of coffee and starts at 10 a.m. in the Information Booth. 

Space is limited. Please RSVP via info@millcityfarmersmarket.org

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

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September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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September 22, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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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