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The Unofficial Blog of the Mill City Farmers Market.  Mill City Times is proud to be a Sponsor and Community Partner of The Market.  Read more here...

Celebrating their 11th Season!

Mill City Farmers Market 2016 Dates:

Every Saturday / May 7 - October 29

Mill City Farmers Market 2016 Hours:

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

Mill City Farmers Market Location:

704 S. Second St. Minneapolis, MN

Saturday
Nov192016

Buy your local Christmas tree at the Mill City Farmers Market’s December Holiday Markets!

November 19, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Via a November 29 Press Release form the Mill City Farmers Market:  

Christmas tree farms anticipate healthy trees, strong sales

Buy your local Christmas tree at the Mill City Farmers Market’s December Holiday Markets!

Minnesota and Wisconsin Christmas tree growers are gearing up for a season of high-quality Christmas trees, thanks to favorable conditions during the 2016 growing season. Nistler Farms will once again be offering chemical-free Christmas trees, spruce tops, birch logs and other holiday decorations at the Mill City Farmers Market’s December markets. On December 3rd, 10th, and 17th, you can find Jeff Nistler at the front door of the Mill City Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a variety of trees, including Fraser firs (5-9ft) and wild balsam (9-11ft)! Jeff and his staff will be offering delivery to market neighbors, tree stands, fresh cuts, rope and even biodegradable tree bags.

“I’m really excited to bring trees Saturday,” says Nistler, who was still harvesting tomatoes from his farm for the Thanksgiving market on November 19th. “Some folks are coming out to the farm this morning to buy trees because they can't be there Saturday.”

Christmas tree growers recommend cutting the base of the trunk before placing trees in their stands, making it easier to soak up water. Using a sturdy stand that can hold at least one gallon of water ensures stability and provides an ample water supply during the first few hours the tree is standing. Avoid placing the tree near heaters, air vents, and south-facing windows and be sure to check that your lights are in good condition.

Choosing a locally grown Christmas tree not only provides a beautiful centerpiece for holiday celebrations, it also supports local economies, benefiting family tree farmers. Christmas tree farms replant multiple seedlings for every tree cut. During the 7-10 year growth period of an average Christmas tree, seedlings pull carbon dioxide from the air and provide habitat for wildlife. Purchasing a tree from a local producer also guarantees shorter distance traveled and fresher trees. After the holiday season, real trees are biodegradable and can be recycled or used as biomass, a renewable form of energy. 

There will be over 45 other farmers, food vendors and local artists at the Mill City Farmers Market’s December Holiday Markets, offering greenhouse and storage vegetables, pasture-raised meat & eggs, farmstead cheeses, artisan bread, seasonal preserves, and unique gifts for family, coworkers, and friends! Plus, on December 10th the market is partnering with “Winterfest on 2nd Street”, with horse drawn carriage rides, a festive photo booth, hot chocolate and cookies, caroling with Friends of the Mill District Singers, and a warm clothing drive for YouthLink MN.

Founded in 2006 by acclaimed local chef Brenda Langton and the Mill City Museum, Mill City Farmers Market has earned a reputation for its promotion of healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. The market is located inside the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis November through April. Find the winter market schedule and seasonal recipes at millcityfarmersmarket.org.

For questions and to pre-order your tree from Nistler Farms contact Jeff Nistler at nstlrfrm@frontiernet.net or 612-816-3653.

Thursday
Nov172016

Madeline Lading Invites You to Fall in Love with Maple Syrup 

A recent article by Madeline Lading in The Journal, Fall in Love with Maple Syrup, includes information on substituting maple syrup for sugar, nutritional value and how to tell what a quality maple syrup is. It also includes a recipe from The Wedge Community Co-op (a Mill City Farmers Market sponsor), which was prepared by a Wedge catering chef during a Mill City Cooks demo: Brussels Sprout and Celeriac Slaw with Maple Glazed Pepitas.

You can find fresh, hand-harvested maple syrup from Horner’s Corner at the Mill City Farmers Market. Look for them at the winter markets inside the Mill City Museum.

Tuesday
Nov152016

Look for plenty of fresh produce at the Nov 19 Mill City Farmers Market for your Thanksgiving table

Did you miss the first indoor event of the 2016-2017 Mill City Farmers Market winter season? Well, you'll have one more opportunity before Thanksgiving to stock up on all the fresh produce, grains, cheeses, meats, baked goods and other ingredients for your feast - plus hostess gifts!

Click here for more information on what to expect at the November 19 Thanksgiving Harvest Market.

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

Sunday
Nov132016

Shopping Basket from the November 12 Mill City Farmers Market

Not a bad haul of fresh, locally grown produce (considering it's from a November 12 farmers market in Minnesota). Local meat, cheese, pasta and sauce are just the icing on the cake! :)

November 12, 2016 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

Friday
Nov112016

Record Growing Season Sustains Mill City Farmers Market all Year Long!

Article by Jenny Heck of the Mill City Farmers Market

Record growing season sustains Mill City Farmers Market all year long!

The market’s indoor season kicks off this Saturday, November 12th inside the Mill City Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Your Saturday mornings sipping coffee, chatting with your neighbors, buying groceries from your favorite farmers, and of course instagramming at the farmers market do not end with brisk cold mornings and falling leaves. The Mill City Farmers Market continues its Saturday Market two to three times a month November through April starting this Saturday, November 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No matter the weather, find up to 50 vendors with a wide variety of organic produce, pasture-raised meat and eggs, farmstead cheeses, artisan bread, single-source honey, and other local groceries inside the Mill City Museum. The longest growing season on record for Minnesota is making abundant tables of cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, greens, sweet potatoes, squash, and root vegetables available this winter! In addition to locally grown produce, every indoor winter market highlights a variety of food artisans, live music, and local artists selling unique gifts and more! Plus, this Saturday enjoy a blood orange cranberry mimosa or apple cider sangria at the market’s cash bar and delicious breakfast and lunch from prepared food vendors: Chef Shack, Gorkha Palace, Salty Tart Bakery, and Heritage Breads.

“Many people don’t realize how long you can eat locally in Minnesota. Whether you are making delicious meals with smoked trout and storage potatoes or taking advantage of this record growing season with fresh salad greens, tomatoes and peppers in November, there is so much local food to go around!” says Jenny Heck, one of the market’s managers.

The average first frost in Minnesota is October 10th. This frost is typically the beginning of winter farm work like tilling under fields, planting cover crops for winter, and starting infrastructure projects. However, most of Minnesota has yet to see a hard frost, so many of the farmers at the Mill City Farmers Market are instead focusing on harvesting greenhouse tomatoes and lettuce!

Mill City Farmers Market will continue its state-funded EBT matching program throughout the indoor winter markets. With the program, Market Bucks, the market is able to match EBT money spent at the market dollar-for-dollar up to $10, so Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP formerly food stamps, participants can double the money they have to spend on local, healthy produce, meats, and more!

This winter at the market you can also expect to see the market’s popular Power of Produce kids’ vegetable tasting club, where children ages three through twelve can earn two dollars to spend on produce at the market by sampling a seasonal vegetable.

Founded in 2006 by acclaimed local chef Brenda Langton and the Mill City Museum, Mill City Farmers Market has earned a reputation for its promotion of healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. Find more information about the market, a complete winter market schedule, and seasonal fall and winter recipes at millcityfarmersmarket.org.

Winter Market Schedule - Inside the Mill City Museum, 10am to 1pm

November 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17
January 14, 28
February 11
March 4*, 11, 25
April 8, 22
*At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen
 

Monday
Oct312016

Mill City Cooks: Cider-Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

For the October 29 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen prepared an eight ingredient recipe, Cider-Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Ingredients included bacon, bone-in chicken pieces, tart red apples, apple cider, Brussels sprouts, fresh thyme, mustard and kosher salt.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny started by browning bacon, which was then set aside to be used for garnish.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, chicken from Sunshine Harvest Farm was browned in the bacon drippings.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

After the chicken was browned and removed, Jenny added cider, fresh chopped thyme and sliced apples to the pans, letting them cook just long enough to slightly brown and soften.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The apples were then set aside, and the chicken was returned to the pans. Jenny added more cider, mustard and Brussels sprouts and covered the pans to simmer.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Last, the apples were added back in.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes from the Mill City Cooks demos are available online.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to the Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the 2016 Mill City Cooks demos.

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Oct292016

Shopping Basket from the October 29 Mill City Farmers Market

Fresh green beans? What a treat in late October! There was no shortage of selection to fill the shopping basket at the last outdoor Market of the season. :) 

October 29, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Oct262016

Mill City Farmers Market Vendor, Sift Gluten Free, featured in StarTrib article

Check out Amelia Rayno's article, Twin Cities' only gluten-free bakery to open a storefront this spring, to learn about Molly Miller and Sift Gluten Free

Molly's first appearance with the MCFM was at the last Market of the 2015-2016 indoor season, and then she became a monthly fixture at the 2016 outdoor Market. You don't have to be gluten-free to love her products!

Saturday
Oct222016

Shopping Basket from the October 22 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Sorbet Swirl watermelon and rutabaga from Prairie Hollow Farm, Dried Fish Peppers from Seven Songs Organic Farms, black radishes from Burning River Farm, honey from Sunshine Harvest Farm. We also picked up a few jars of jelly and jam from Lucille's Kitchen Garden in support of the "Kick Cancer - Buy Jam" initiative for Amy Glass. 

Reminder! Next Saturday, October 29, is the last outdoor market of the 2016 season.  The 2016-2017 indoor markets start November 12 inside the Mill City Museum.

October 22, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Oct212016

Romanesco: Is it broccoli? Is it cauliflower?

Ah, romanesco. Such a beautiful, tasty and versatile veggie. It's the focus of Beth Dooley's Try a new (old) vegetable: romanesco (it's the green cauliflower) article in the October 20 StarTrib Taste section. 

So, is it broccoli or is it cauliflower? Read Beth's article to find out, and pick up a few heads at the Mill City Farmers Market (best bet is Loon Organics) so you can try her Whole Roasted Romanesco With Curry Butter recipe.

Thursday
Oct202016

Midwest Pantry's "Kick Cancer - Buy Jam" at Mill City Farmers Market Oct 22

Midwest Pantry, a collective of local food entrepreneurs, in partnership with three Minneapolis farmers’ markets will join forces in support of Amy Glass, co-owner of Lucille’s Kitchen Garden, a St. Paul-based producer of pepper fruit jellies and jams.  The Kick Cancer – Buy Jam fundraiser will be held at Northeast Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 24, Linden Hills Farmers Market on Sunday, Sept. 25, Mill City Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 22, and the Midwest Pantry Shop Small Holiday Market in St. Anthony Village on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Glass is waging an all-out fight against an aggressive Stage 4 breast cancer.  After completing five rounds of chemotherapy, she is no longer able to work at the business founded with spouse Zoie in 2007, or to run operations for Midwest Pantry, which the couple founded in 2010 with fellow producer and friend Chad Gillard.  To ensure that the family retains its health insurance while also maintaining its growing business, Zoie has been working to meet production and distribution deadlines with the help of local food community volunteers, in addition to juggling Amy’s treatment schedule and caring for their daughter. Proceeds from weekend sales will contribute to meeting the family’s current needs.

“The ‘Kick Cancer – Buy Jam’ events will support Amy while also celebrating local food,” said Gillard. “We want these four events to showcase Minnesota’s favorite local brands, the ones consumers find at farmers’ markets each year.  Being able to make local food products readily available is why Amy got involved in food entrepreneurship in the first place.  We think these events will be a great way to honor her dedication as our champion, while also providing support during her courageous battle.”

Amy, Lucille and Zoie Glass

Monday
Oct172016

Mill City Cooks - Sausage & Lentil Soup and Curried Potato, Apple & Leek Soup

Chef Beth Jones prepared two soups for the October 15 Mill City Cooks demo: Sausage & Lentil Soup and Curried Potato, Apple & Leek Soup.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The Sausage & Lentil Soup starts with bacon. Per Beth, resist the temptation to stir it around - let it caramelize before disturbing it.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Once the bacon was cooked, Beth added onions, carrots, Swiss chard stems (in lieu of celery), fresh thyme and stock. To save time for the demo, Beth pre-cooked a batch of lentils for the soup.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

I was surprised to see raw sausage go in the soup, but Beth said it only takes 10-12 minutes to cook.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

For the Curried Potato, Apple & Leek Soup, Beth sauteed leeks with curry, added pre-cooked cubed potatoes (again, to save time for demo) with white wine, apples and thyme. Tip from Beth, if you're making stock, throw in some apple cores and corn cobs for extra flavor.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, Beth added stock, cream, salt and pepper.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Both soups were finished off with chopped Swiss chard.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The finished Sausage & Lentil soup was displayed in a distinctive bowl created by art vendor Adam Gruetzmacher.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes from the Mill City Cooks demos are available online.

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

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

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Beth kindly toasted some baguette for a young man attending the demo.  :)

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Oct152016

Shopping Basket from the October 15 Mill City Farmers Market

Nothing "new" in the basket this week - just the usual array of wonderful. As I post this I'm enjoying a bowl of grilled Brussels sprouts from Seed to Seed Farm with chopped tomatoes from Nistler Farm and feta from Cosmic Wheel Creamery. So good!  :D

October 15, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Oct142016

Poblanos Stuffed With Cheddar and Chicken

It's oven season! But there are still plenty of Market ingredients in this Poblanos Stuffed With Cheddar and Chicken recipe, including poblano chiles, tomatoes, onion, garlic, chicken, cheese, rice and cilantro.  And you know you can tinker with the recipe if you prefer no meat, multiple cheeses, etc. YUM! :D

From Food.com: 22 Ways to Overload on Cheese

Thursday
Oct132016

Mrs. Kelly's Tea - Home of the Twin Cities' Largest Tea Party

Here's a fun gift idea from Mrs. Kelly's Tea for any tea drinker on your list: a tin of loose tea, a packet of drawstring tea bags (in just the right quantity to accommodate all the tea in one tin), and a 'tea snail' to perch on the edge of the cup to hold the tea bag sting as the tea steeps. 

Find Mrs. Kelly's Tea inside the Train Shed at the Mill City Farmers Market.  You can also order online, or attend Mrs. Kelly's annual Tea Tasting, dubbed the Twin Cities' Largest Tea Party, December 3 and 4 from 9am-5pm at their warehouse (77 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis). Call 763-788-8753 or email sales@mrskellystea.com for more info, or follow them on Facebook.

Ooops! I see I used the tea snail backwards - it should look like this:

Learn more about Mrs. Kelly's Tea: