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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
Jun162018

Shopping Basket from the June 16 Mill City Farmers Market

A little rain could never deter me from the weekly Mill City Farmers Market stock up!  :)

Saturday
Jun092018

Shopping Basket from the June 9 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Sun Gold tomatoes from Loon Organics, cabbage from Prairie Hollow Farm, sugar snap peas from the Bean Market and whole black garlic bulbs from Ellie's Whole Grains.

 

Thursday
Jun072018

Caldo Foods at the Mill City Farmers Market

Caldo Foods is a new vendor for the 2018 Mill City Farmers Market season, offering three flavor-packed sauces with Mediterranean origins: carota, harissa and chimichurri.

I love pre-made sauces, dips and condiments available at the MCFM because they allow me to throw together quick tasty dishes without having an array of spices, herbs, dressings, etc., on hand. These Caldo Foods products are perfect for anything from tossing with pasta to giving a pot of stew a new twist to mixing with a soft cheese for dipping chips or spreading in a wrap.

And there are additional benefits, per their website:

Healthy - No Artificial flavors or Preservatives!
Exotic - The best recipes from around the world!
Tasty - You will never have only one bite!
Fresh - Only the freshest ingredients!
Spicy - Balanced flavors - Spice up your food!
.

June 2, 2018 Mill City Farmers MarketMadi Khemakhem of Caldo Foods

Caldo Foods will return for the following MCFM dates: July 7, 14 and 21; August 11 and 25; October 6.

In the mean time, you can learn more online (click on the About Us tab for an informative video), plus on Facebook and Instagram. These products are also available at Lakewinds Food Co-Op (sponsor of the Mill City Cooks demos).

June 2, 2018 Mill City Farmers MarketCaldo's flagship product is a gourmet red pepper harissa blend.

June 2, 2018 Mill City Farmers MarketCarota is a gourmet carrot dip.

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers MarketChimichurri is a unique blend of fresh parsley, garlic and spices.

June 2, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Jun022018

Shopping Basket from the June 2 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket - broccoli, strawberries and garlic scapes. Yum!

June 2, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
May282018

Mill City Cooks: Wild Rice & Market Vegetable Salad

For the May 26 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Nettie Colon prepared Wild Rice & Market Vegetable Salad.

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

She started with a Nettle Yogurt Dressing, which consists of blanched nettles, Greek yogurt, olive oil and salt.

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Blanching takes only a few minutes. The nettles go from boiling hot water to an ice bath and then get the liquid squeezed out before being finely chopped.

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Olive oil and salt are added and the dressing is emulsified.

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, the sliced almonds and coconut flakes are toasted, and ramps are added.

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Nettie added chopped greens, olive oil and lemon juice to the sauté to complete that part of the recipe.

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

To finish it up, she mixed cooked wild rice with some of the almond mixture (reserving some for garnish), and gently blended it together with more chopped greens.

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Nettie displayed the finished meal, garnished with julienned daikon radishes and the Nettle Yogurt Dressing, in a dish created by artist Brittany Trushin.

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 26, 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 

Sunday
May272018

Shopping Basket from the May 26 Mill City Farmers Market

Thanks to the use of hoop houses, local farmers are able to bring vegetables such as cucumbers and kahlarabi to early season Markets. The 2018 Mill City Farmers Market membership renewal envelope contains lots of goodies, including $10 in Market Tokens, freebies and discount offers - making the $40 annual membership is a no brainer!

May 26, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
May242018

Double Dog Kombucha at the Mill City Farmers Market

Lee Vang introduced shoppers to Double Dog Kombucha at the May 19 Mill City Farmers Market, offering his products by the can and on tap. You'll find three to four varities at any give Market, including Pelé, Citra Mango, Joy Bubbles and a seasonal flavor.

Lee will return for the following Markets: June 9, 16, 30; July 21, 28; August 18, September 1, 15, 29; October 13 and 20.

Learn more from this October 2017 article on the Heavy Table. Instagram You can reach Lee via email at doubledogkombucha@gmail.com, or at 612-644-3325.

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
May232018

May 26 Mill City Farmers Market Herb Gift for Renewing Friends of the Market!

Friends of the Market Plants

The Mill City Farmers Market thanks everyone who is a Friend of the Market, and in appreciation they are offering a potted herb when you renew for 2018. Friends of the Market make it possible for the Market's Charitable Fund to expand our educational and food access programs, increase grants to local farmers and food makers and do so much more.

Stop by the green Mill City Farmers Market tent on the plaza (by Spoonriver Restaurant) to learn more, renew for 2018, and pick out a potted herb of your choice from our farmers! You can also renew online.

If you've already renewed for the year, simply stop by with your 2018 key chain and pick out your plant!

Tuesday
May222018

Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm at the Mill City Farmers Market

Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm debuted at the May 19 Mill City Farmers Market. Nancy Graden is the owner of this certified organic herb farm and she offers seasonal CSA herbal shares, tinctures, teas, salves, balms, oils and even pet soothing products. You can be assured that all Nancy's herbal products are fresh and made in small batches.

Prior to starting her herbal practice in 2009, Nancy had a thriving therapeutic massager practice for 26 years. She studied herbalism at Australasian College of Health Sciences, Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Minnesota and received an associates degree in Western Clinical Herbalism from Minneapolis Community College. 

Red Clover will return for the following MCFM dates: June 23, July 14, July 28, August 18, September 1 and 29, and October 20.

Follow on Facebook, or call 612-721-2682/email redcloverherbal@gmail.com if questions.

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers MarketIn addition to ready-to-use products, Nancy had a selection of gorgeous, healthy starter plants for sale at the May 19 Market.

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
May192018

Shopping Basket from the May 19 Mill City Farmers Market

In the basket this week: Two varieties of Double Dog Kombucha and a jar of Sore Muscle Rub from Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm. Bliss Gourmet Foods has a new gluten free muesli called Lemon Blueberry. I'm a sucker for anything lemon, so I couldn't pass that up. 

May 19, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
May162018

Tempeh Tantrum at the Mill City Farmers Market

Tempeh Tantrum is a new Mill City Farmers Market vendor for the 2018 season, and owner Ryan Billig debuted his soy and black bean tempehs at the May 12 Market.

I first heard about this product a few years ago when Chef Jenny Breen used it for Summer Kebabs with a Sweet Basil Marinade at a Mill City Cooks demo. It's a versatile product that allows for a lot of creativity - check out the recipes on their website, or just wing it like I did!

Look for them at the following MCFM dates: May 26, June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25, September 8 and 22, and Oct 6 and 20.

Follow Tempeh Tantrum on Facebook; email questions to ryanbillig@hotmail.com.

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers MarketAbove, owner Ryan Billig (on the right), with friend Tom Carlson, who was on hand to help Ryan man the booth.

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

I used both varieties when making a filling for lettuce wraps, along with fresh cilantro, spring onions, Ames Farm honey and Senoras de Salsa from the Market.

I sauted cubed tempeh and chopped green onions in coconut oil, and once they browned up I add the cilantro, drizzled on soy sauce, honey, toasted sesame oil and fresh squeezed lime juice along with a sprinkle of sea salt. Because I planned to go heavy on the yummy salsa, I didn't bother with any further flavor enhancements. Similar to tofu, tempeh itself is bland, so you can turn it into anything you like with your favorite seasonings and sauces.

 

Monday
May142018

Senoras de Salsa at the Mill City Farmers Market

Senoras de Salsa, a local company that empowers Latina women, is a new vendor for the 2018 season. They debuted at the May 12 Market with four colorful varieties of salsa ranging from mild to hot. These are fresh, refrigerated authentic Mexican salsas, blended smooth. Ingredients are locally-sourced thru The Good Acre.

They will return to the MCFM June 9, July 14, August 18, September 15 and October 13. In addition to the MCFM dates, you can find these products at Lakewinds Food Co-op (sponsor of the Mill City Cooks demos).

Follow Senoras de Salsa on Facebook and Instagram. You can reach Danielle at 612-986-0785, or senorasdesalsa@gmail.com.

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers MarketAbove, owner/founder Danielle Wojdyla (right) with associate Delores.

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
May122018

Shopping Basket from the May 12 Mill City Farmers Market

Looking forward to getting creative with Tempeh Tantrum's soy and black bean tempehs - a 3-ingredient, high protein versatile product than can be used like tofu. Another new vendor, Senoras de Salsa offers four flavors - we brought home the Chipotle and Salsa Verde. Heritage Breads added English Muffins to their lineup - and they are fantastic! Also picked up some loose leaf Peach Oolong Tea from Mrs. Kelly's Tea. I highly recommend trying some Pure Maple Sugar from Horner's Corner for baking. This coming week I'll post a favorite cookie recipe that turns out perfect every time with this wonderful sugar. :D

May 12, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
May062018

Mill City Cooks: Spring Onion & Spinach Risotto

For the May 5 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen made a modified version of her Spring Onion & Spinach Risotto. I say "modified" because Jenny adjusts ingredients depending on what is available at cooking time. For example, this recipe calls for spring onions and garlic, but Jenny substituted ramps, a wild onion available for a short window of time early in the season.

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Prior to the demo, Jenny made a pot of stock using the material trimmed from the ramps and radishes.

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

You can use the entire plant - bulb, stem and leaves.

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny fried up bacon from Sunshine Harvest Farm and used the fat to sauté the chopped ramps.

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

The pre-cooked grain (you can use barley, brown rice or farro) is added to the sauted ramps.

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Chopped greens and radishes are added next.

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny added the stock and coconut milk as the grain absorbed the liquids. 

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

To finish it off, Jenny added more greens, the bacon, grated cheese from Shepherds's Way, and fresh lemon juice. 

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market

May 5, 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
May052018

Shopping Basket from the May 5 Mill City Farmers Market

Ramps (wild onions) are a springtime treat you'll find only at the first few markets of the season, so I made sure to grab a few bunches from Pam at Prairie Hollow Farm. Dumpling & Strand now offers Rustic Durum Egg Zucca, which reminds me of topless pumpkins - great for stuffing with cheese, a veggie puree, etc. Jonathan from Heritage Breads has been busy creating new sweet treats, including a cube of goodness know as Lamington, which is this week's indulgence - sponge cake coated in chocolate and rolled in coconut. Finally, a carrot dip called Carota from Caldo Foods

May 5, 2018 Mill City Farmers Market