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Celebrating their 12th Season!

Mill City Farmers Market 2017 Dates:

Every Saturday / May 6 - October 28

Mill City Farmers Market 2017 Hours:

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

Mill City Farmers Market Location:

704 S. Second St. Minneapolis, MN

Thursday
Aug032017

Get to Know Freak Flag Foods - New at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market  

Freak Flag Foods is new at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market, and with Fred Haberman at the helm, they're on a mission to make the world more sustainable, delicious and fun. Partnering with Urban Organics and The Good Acre for ingredients, they've created sassy sauces and encourage you to "spread it, mix it, dollop or dip it."

Find them on the MCFM's expansion space (in front of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) building, across from the main Market plaza).

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

There are currently three varieties: Red Sauce, Kale Pesto and Green Sauce. Ingredient for each are shown in the below photos, and the captions offer some serving suggestions (obtained from their website).

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers MarketRed Sauce: Mix it with tomato sauce for perfect enchiladas. Add it to tomato sauce and butter for Indian inspired curry sauce. Heat it with coconut milk, chicken and sweet peppers for Thai inspired soup.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers MarketKale Pesto: Spread it on your favorite sandwiches, burgers or wraps. Toss it with hot or cold cooked pasta.Spoon it over sliced tomatoes or other veggies.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers MarketGreen Sauce: Spread it onto flat bread for amazing pizzas. Make it a marinade for grilling meats, fish, tempeh and veggies. Mix it with cream cheese and goat cheese for a tasty spread.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Does the woman holding the bag look familiar? That's none other than Mary Jane Miller from the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA)! She has served as a guest chef for the Mill City Cooks demos over the years.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Aug022017

Mill City Cooks: Fennel Basil Pasta Salad and Whipped Feta & Harissa Crostini

Jill Holter of Lakewinds Food Co-op was the guest chef for the July 29 Mill City Cooks demo. She prepared two recipes - Fennel Basil Pasta Salad and Whipped Feta & Harissa Crostini.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For the Fennel Basil Pasta Salad, Jill used noodles from Dumpling & Strand, zucchini, sweet corn, green onions, basil, cherry tomatoes, GYST fermented fennel, olive oil, white wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jill cooked the pasta first. While the pasta cooled, she grilled the zucchini, onions and corn. 

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

After grilling, the veggies were chopped and tossed with the noodles, along with the basil, cherry tomatoes, fermented fennel and olive oil.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For the Whipped Feta & Harissa Crostini, Jill used bread from Salty Tart, feta from Singing Hills Goat Dairy, Greek yogurt, Caldo Foods harissa, lemon juice, GYST Golden Beet Pickles and green onion for garnish.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The beets are diced for garnish.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jill used a whisk to mix together the feta, yogurt, harissa and lemon juice.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jill presented the completed recipes on dishes from Joanna Buyert of Fringe & Fettle Ceramics.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2017 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 

Sunday
Jul302017

Shopping Basket from the July 29 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: European sandwich pickles, sweet peppers, sweet corn, eggplant and Freak Flag Foods Organic Red Sauce.

July 29, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Jul252017

Mill City Cooks: Cold Soba Noodle Ramen with Sesame, Trout and & Greens

For the July 22 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen created a Cold Soba Noodle Ramen with Sesame Sauce, Salmon & Greens.  In lieu of salmon, Jenny used fresh trout from Star Prairie Trout Farm (since Matt and his boys from Wild Run Salmon are currently fishing for salmon to bring to the Market later in the season).

To start, Jenny cooked the noodles - which only takes a few minutes because they are super fresh from Dumpling & Strand.

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, the trout gets poached for 2 to 3 minutes, and then it's skinned, flaked and set aside to cool.

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The recipe calls for mixed baby greens, baby bok choy, cucumber, tomato and scallions. Jenny demonstrated how to chop the veggies so they're not only pleasing to look at, but easy to eat.

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny made two salad bowls - one with boiled eggs and the other with eggs cooked in a sheet and then thinly sliced.

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, the sauce. It's made with creamy peanut butter, orange juice, rice vinegar, lime juice, grated orange peel, soy sauce (or tamari, if you prefer), fresh ginger, garlic, dried crushed red pepper and sunflower or pumpkin seed oil.

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online.

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2017 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 

Sunday
Jul232017

Shopping Basket from the July 22 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week are purple and green peppers, walla walla onion and beautiful cabbage (savoy ?). I sliced the onions and peppers and tossed them with Balsamic vinegar and sea salt. They marinated in the fridge overnight and are currently waiting for their turn on the grill.  Yum! 

July 22, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
Jul202017

2017 Mill City Farmers Market Harvest Social Benefit is September 10

The annual Mill City Farmers Market Harvest Social Benefit is scheduled for Sunday, September 10, 4:30pm – 7:00pm in the Mill City Museum Train Shed, 704 S 2nd Street.

The Mill City Farmer’s Market invites you to join them at their annual Harvest Social to celebrate healthy foods, local farmers and the launch of their Charitable Fund. This new fund will expand the Mill City Farmers Market’s educational and food access programs, partnerships and grants to local, sustainable farmers and food makers.

Enjoy signature cocktails and an abundant farm-to-table organic dinner prepared by the market’s chefs in the historic Mill City Museum Train Shed.

Ticket are $125 - $250. Please RSVP by August 15.

Tuesday
Jul182017

Mill City Cooks: Cold Cucumber Soup and Chilled Spiced Carrot Soup

For the July 15 Mill City Cooks demo, guest Chef Nick Schneider prepared Cold Cucumber Soup with Fresh Herbs and Chilled Spiced Carrot Soup - so welcoming on these hot summer days!

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Nick has demonstrated at Mill City Cooks events for years, and is the owner of Thrive Chef Works, offering personal chef services, cooking classes and catering.

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For the Cold Cucumber Soup, Nick peeled, seeded and chopped the cucumbers. He then used an emulsion blender to puree the cukes with fresh grated ginger, honey and salt. Next, he whisked in yogurt, lemon juice, finely ground cumin and garnished with finely julienned radishes and other herbs.

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The Chilled Spiced Carrot Soup took a little more work. First, Nick dry toasted the spices individually (this recipe calls for cardamom, coriander and whole fennel seeds).

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, chopped onions, carrots and fennel bulb are sweated (not browned) and then water and the toasted spices are added.

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Finally, the carrot mixture gets blended with bottled carrot juice and cashew butter, and is garnished with chopped cilantro and fresh squeezed lime juice.

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2017 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
Jul152017

Shopping Basket from the July 15 Mill City Farmers Market

Mokum carrots from Burning River Farm - a treat I look forward to every year! They are so sweet, and no peeling required. :D

July 15, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Jul142017

Get to Know Fair Anita - New at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market 

Cara Lahti and Anna Bottila (pictured below) debuted Fair Anita at the July 8 Mill City Farmers Market. The jewelry, clothing, cards and other items offered are fair trade products made by over 8,000 talented, yet marginalized, women in 16 countries. It's a wonderful feeling knowing you're helping someone earn a better life for themselves and their children when you wear, using or gift these items. Scroll to the end of this post to see a short video of Fair Anita's founder Joy McBrien explain how this organization came to be.

They will return to the MCFM on August 5 and September 2. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Each tag lists the country that item was produced in. For example, the tag on the note cards pictured above states This product empowers women in Egypt.

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Jul082017

Shopping Basket from the July 8 Mill City Farmers Market  

Colorful! :D

July 8, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
Jul062017

Mill City Farmers Market's Tuesday Night Markets in The Commons Start July 18!

New this year - Mill City Night Markets with your favorite MCFM vendors at The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue S.

The first Night Market will be July 18 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm, and continue every Tuesday night through September 26.

Pick up farm fresh, organic produce and local artisan foods for an easy weeknight meal. Prepared food vendors will be cooking up seasonal recipes, so come hungry, stay, listen to live music and have a picnic supper in The Commons!

Wednesday
Jul052017

It's Zucchini and Summer Squash Season at the Mill City Farmers Market!  

With so many ways to use zucchini and summer squash - raw, roasted, sauted, grilled, in soup and baked goods - be sure to pick some up during your next visit to the Mill City Farmers Market.  Here are some ideas from food.com to whet your appetite!

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Use a Veggetti or similar vegetable spiralizer to make a low calorie, low carb substitute for pasta.


Monday
Jul032017

Mill City Cooks: Grilled Moroccan Beef Patties and Grilled Chopped Salad with Ghee

For the July 1 Mill City Cooks demo, guest Chef Heather Hartman prepared Grilled Moroccan Beef Patties with Feta Cheese and Fresh Herbs, plus Grilled Chopped Salad with Ghee.

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The patties start with grass-fed ground beef from Sunshine Harvest Farm, to which Heather adds feta cheese from Singing Hills Goat Dairy, egg (also from Sunshine Harvest Farm), minced herbs, onion and garlic. Seasonings included salt/pepper, along with cinnamon and cardamom.

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Singing Hills offers plain feta, as well as Curried and Tomato Basil versions. Curried is what Heather would normally use for this recipe, but it's a hot commodity and was already sold out before demo time. Hint from Heather - the uncooked meat mixture will be even better if it's allowed to sit overnight in the refrigeration.

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The patties got a brush of olive oil before hitting the grill.

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather invited Rashmi Bhattachan of Gorkha Palace to discuss ghee, a clarified butter you can purchase by the jar at the restaurant, or at the Gorkha Palace momo stand located on the plaza across from the Info booth.

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Garlic scapes, kohlrabi and radishes on the grill? Why, sure! They work just as well as zucchini.

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Once grilled and chopped, the veggies are tossed with melted ghee and fresh herbs.

Ceramic artist Matthew Krousey provided the display dish.

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Samples go out to the audience, as well as the vendors whose products are used in the demo. Below, Heathers daughter Josephine drops off samples to sisters Lynne and Nancy at the Singing Hills stand.

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2017 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
Jul012017

Shopping Basket from the July 1 Mill City Farmers Market 

New in the basket this week: green beans, purple cauliflower, young garlic and zucchini - all headed for the grill. :D

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Jun272017

Get to Know Northland Visions - New at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Northland Visions, located at 1113 E Franklin Avenue, is a new Mill City Farmers Market vendor for 2017. Store Manager Greg Bellanger and his wife Angela made their first appearance at the June 24 Market with an array of Native products ranging from wild rice to maize popcorn.

The Franklin Avenue location includes a gallery and retail space featuring original items made by Native peoples from the Woodland and Plains tribes of the upper Midwest in what is now Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Canada and other northern states stretching from Montana to the east coast.

You can reach Greg at greg@northlandvisions.com and 612-872-0390, and follow them on Facebook.

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers MarketGreg Bellanger, Store Manager at Northland Visions, Native Art & Gifts of the Northlands

Below are but a few of the products they carry. Find the full list of products online, or stop by the store on Franklin Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 24, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market