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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

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

Tuesday
Jul102018

Mill City Cooks: Ricotta Gnocchi

Chef Jenny Breen cooked up a batch of Ricotta Gnocchi for the July 7 Mill City Cooks demo.

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Cauliflower and summer squash were grilled and set aside for later mixing with the gnocchi and sauted vegetables.

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

The gnocchi dough is made with ricotta cheese (Cosmic Wheel Creamery), eggs (Sunshine Harvest Farm), flour (Sunrise Flour Mill), plus nutmeg, salt, pepper and butter.

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny gently mixed the ingredients together, rolled it into long cylinders and cut it into even pieces.

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Gnocchi only takes a few minutes to boil, and is ready when it floats to the top.

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

The first young garlic of the season only requires a rough chop.

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny added the non-grilled vegetables to a pre-heated skillet with melted butter.

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Once the vegetables were done, Jenny added the gnocchi to the pan, along with half and half and grated Friesago cheese (Shepherd's Way Farms).

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes demo'd at Mill City Cooks can be found online.

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

July 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2018 Mill City Cooks series, and providing fun activities for the little ones!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market 

Saturday
Jul072018

Shopping Basket from the July 7 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: sweet mokun carrots, raspberries, fennel and heirloom tomatoes.

June 7, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
Jul012018

Shopping Basket from the June 30 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: St. Pops! Mmmmm-Mmmmmm, so refreshing and only 90 calories.

June 30, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
Jun242018

Mill City Cooks: Seared Salmon Carbonara

Chef Heather Hartman prepared a Seared Salmon Carbonara for the June 23 Mill City Cooks demo.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Ingredients from the MCFM vendors included salmon from Wild Run Salmon, Dumpling & Strand Farro Cavatappi, arugula, eggs from Sunshine Harvest Farm, Friesago cheese from Shepherd's Way Farms and some herbs.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather prepared the salmon by tweezing out any bones.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

First the salmon is cooked and set aside to cool while the rest of the recipe comes together.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Egg yolks and grated Friesago cheese are whisked together and set aside.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, the fresh pasta takes just a few minutes to boil.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

After a rough chop, the arugula is mixed with the yoke mixture, cooked pasta, herbs and olive oil, plus salt and pepper to taste.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Salmon pieces top the pasta mixture, with chopped walnuts, grated cheese and herbs used for garnish. Heather displayed the finished product on a wood piece from MCFM art vendor, Joel Nichols Furniture

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes demo'd at Mill City Cooks can be found online.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2018 Mill City Cooks series, and providing fun activities for the little ones!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market 

Saturday
Jun232018

Shopping Basket from the June 23 Mill City Farmers Market

With summer squash, cauliflower and slicing tomatoes now available - peppers and raspberries can't be far behind. New product in the basket this week: Activated Charcoal Therapeutic Bar from Body Bliss.

June 23, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market 

Thursday
Jun212018

June 30 - RSVP for a Shop with a Chef Tour at the Mill City Farmers Market

SHOP WITH A CHEF TOUR - June 30, 9:30am

Jenny Breen
The first in our new Friends of the Market "Shop with a Chef" series is coming up on June 30. In the 30-minute tour, chef and public health educator Jenny Breen will show you her tips for shopping the market--Plus, stick around for her cooking class at 10:30, where you'll learn to make your #WeeklyMarketMeal using market ingredients.
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Tour starts at 9:30am. Space is limited.