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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

Sunday
Oct152017

Shopping Basket from the October 14 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week (and just in time for fall recipes): Pure Maple Sugar from Horner's Corner. :)

October 14, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Oct072017

Shopping Basket from the October 7 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week are Cranberry Walnut bread from Heritage Breads, Carrot Cake Jam from The Market Chef, Vanilla Carmel Sauce from Singing Hills Goat Dairy (yes, it's made with goat's milk, and it's fantastic!), and Peregion heirloom beans from Encore Farm.

Friday
Oct062017

Ghee Included in Article About the Best Oils For Deep Frying

Michael Joseph's article, What is the Best Oil For Deep Frying?, includes his list of the top five healthiest oils for deep frying - one of which can be found at the Mill City Farmers Market - ghee! 

Per Michael, "While butter may not be the best oil for deep frying, ghee is a very solid option. Ghee is a clarified butter, which means that the dairy proteins and sugars (lactose) have been removed. This makes ghee a pure fat; it has much higher resistance to burning than butter, and it’s heat stable at higher temperatures."

At the MCFM, you'll find ghee at Gorkha Palace's MoMo stand. It has been used in a number of cooking demos at the Market. 

July 1, 2017 Mill City Farmers MarketRashmi Bhattachan of Gorkha Palace 

June 27, 2015 Mill City Farmers MarketDuring a Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen talked about using ghee rather than regular butter. Jenny always stresses the importance of incorporating healthy fats in our diets.

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Michael Joseph is the Founder at NutritionAdvance.com, featuring nutrition and health articles backed by the latest science. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter 

Monday
Oct022017

Bread Fest 2017 at the Mill City Farmers Market

The annual Mill City Farmers Market Bread Fest was September 30. Shoppers enjoyed informative mini lectures from renowned local bakers and a book signing from Beth Dooley.

The event started with a sampling of loaves from home bakers. All participants received a thank you gift from the market, including complimentary drinks from Spoonriver, choice of a MCFM hat or canvas tote bag, and a 2 1/2 lb bag of heritage flour from Sunrise Flour Mill.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

In addition to a book signing of her new Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen, Beth Dooley emceed the program.

Presenters included Darrold Glanville of Sunrise Flour Mill, Jonathan Kaye of Heritage Breads, and John Jacobson, a local rye bread aficionado.

Beth also had a few of the home bakers come up and talk about their methods and recipes.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Darrold's discussion was on demystifying sourdough and heritage wheat. He and Marty always have sourdough starter samples at their MCFM booth (along with instructions!). They are a wealth of information, and before you give up on bread due to a gluten intolerance, you should talk to them.

Sunrise Flour Mill sells organic Non-GMO Heritage flour. Every crop is rigorously tested for contaminants to assure a clean and pesticide free flour. The wheat is a pure strain that hasn't been genetically modified or treated with chemicals. You may also hear it referred to as an ancient grain.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jonathan Kaye has many years of experience as a chef, and it was only in recent years that bread became his passion. He went from sharing a MCFM vendor space with Sunrise Flour Mill, to having his own space, to opening a popular bakery and supplying the likes of Sanctuary with bread.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jonathan uses a sourdough starter that's been added to for decades. All his breads begin with this starter - he does not use yeast. The combination of the sourdough starter and high quality flours from Sunrise Flour Mill produce breads that stay fresh a long time.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jonathan demonstrated techniques for scoring bread (it makes a pretty pattern while baking, but also prevents "blow outs" and misshapen loaves).

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

John Jacobson provided a brief history of rye in the US, and how working with rye flour differs from others.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

John demonstrated how rye dough will not be elastic like the sourdough version Jonathan worked with in his presentation.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

John's wife served samples of several rye breads, along with a yummy cookie recipe that begins with making a roux.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

John also mentioned two of his favorite cookbooks.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

After Darrold, Jonathan and John's presentations, Beth had a few of the home bakers come up and talk about their Bread Fest samples and baking experiences.

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Sep302017

Shopping Basket from the September 30 Mill City Farmers Market

Who can resist an expertly crafted caramel apple pie from Very Prairie? (The mini version is guilt-free!) :D

September 30, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Sep252017

Mill City Cooks: Fried Spätzle with Vegetables and Quark

For the September 23 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Beth Jones prepared Fried Spätzle with Vegetables and Quark.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The Spätzle dough is comprised of flour, eggs, milk, mustard, nutmeg, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The ingredients are whisked together until the dough is smooth and elastic enough to stretch about 5 - 6 inches.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The dough is then pressed thru a perforated tray into boiling water.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The cooked Spätzle is then fried in butter.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Next, a colorful assortment of vegetables are sauted in butter. Beth included purple onions, kohlrabi, red peppers, yellow zucchini and kale.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Once the veggies have cooked a bit, white wine and fresh herbs are added.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Finally, everything is combined together and served with a scoop of Quark from Cosmic Wheel Creamery.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 23, 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
Sep242017

Shopping Basket from the September 23 Mill City Farmers Market

The Market has piles of tomatoes this time of year, which calls for a big ol' batch of sauce. Cosmic Wheel Creamery's Moon Shadow cheese is a perfect substitute for parmesan.

September 23, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Sep222017

Mill City Farmers Market's Annual Bread Fest is September 30

The annual Mill City Farmers Market Bread Fest is Saturday, September 30, featuring mini lectures from renowned local bakers and a book signing from Beth Dooley. 

MCFM shoppers are encouraged to bring in their own baked products to showcase and share their stories. To enter the showcase, quick breads and yeasted breads are to be dropped off in the train shed demo area by 9:30am that morning. Learn, taste and share your tips with other home bakers and professionals!

Added bonus: All showcase participants will receive a thank you gift from the market, including two complimentary mimosas or cappuccinos from Spoonriver restaurant, a Mill City Farmers Market hat or canvas tote bag, and one 2 1/2 pound bag of heritage flour from Sunrise Flour Mill

Bread Fest 2017 Line Up:
  8:00 -   9:30  Home Bakers drop off breads in the train shed kitchen.
  9:30 - 10:30  Share and listen to home bakers’ bread stories
10:30 - 11:30  Bread Baking Demonstrations:
   ►Beth Dooley MC and book signing of her new book 'Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen'
   ►Darrold Glanville of Sunrise Flour Mill– Demystifying Sourdough
   ►Jonathan Kaye of Heritage Breads– Breads with Extras: The Chef’s Approach to Bread
   ►John Jacobson – All about Rye

More Info

Tuesday
Sep192017

Mill City Cooks: Coconut Cream Corn and Grilled Melon with Market Fruit Agro Dolce

For the September 16 Mill City Cooks demo, guest chef Heather Meyer (formerly Hartman) of Farm to Fork prepared two dishes: Coconut Cream Corn and Grilled Melon with Market Fruit Agro Dolce.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

It starts with shucking corn and washing the melons.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For the Grilled Melon with Market Fruit Agro Dolce, sliced melons were tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and seared on the grill.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Aronia berries from Prairie Hollow Farm were the base for the Market Fruit Agro Dolce. Honey, apple cider vinegar and the berries come to a simmer, and then cook for 5 minutes on low heat. 

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather threw out trivia questions during the demo, with each winner taking home a 2017 Chinook Book.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

While preparing the Coconut Cream Corn, Heather demonstrated how you might find a worm by the silky end of corn that hasn't been smothered in pesticides. When choosing between cutting away a worm vs. eating chemically-treated corn, I'd take the worm any day!

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Coconut Cream Corn is a quick and easy recipe. Coconut milk, fresh corn kernels and salt cook down a bit, then fresh herbs and lime juice are added. For some kick, you can add chili flakes or finely chopped jalapeno.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Heather diplayed the finished products on dishes by Christy Wetzig.

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 16, 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
Sep172017

Shopping Basket from the September 16 Mill City Farmers Market

It's autumn! Love the miniature ornamental pumpkins and gourds for decorating. :)

September 16, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Sep112017

Mill City Cooks: Chicken & Wild Rice Corn Chowder

For the September 9 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen cooked up a batch of Chicken & Wild Rice Corn Chowder.

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The recipe calls for chicken broth, but Jenny substituted a vegetable broth made by simmering all the vegetable stalks, peelings, etc.

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

There are two proteins in this chowder - chicken, along with bacon for garnish. Jenny used the bacon fat to brown the chicken and sauté the vegetables.   

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Along with simmering the broth and cooking the bacon and chicken, additional prep was cooking the wild rice, chopping all the vegetables and mincing garlic. 

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

 September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Once the vegetables are cooked, the rice and chicken are added, and finally the whole milk with cream (which was a substitute for the half and half that the recipe calls for).  

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

September 9, 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
Sep092017

Shopping Basket from the September 9 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Honeycrisp apples from Ames Farm, Circle of the Sun cheese from Cosmic Wheel Creamery, butternut and spaghetti squash from Dusk2Dawn Farm.

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Sep062017

It's Apple Season!

Look for local apples at the Mill City Farmers Market from vendors such as Ames Farm, Horner's Corner, WEI and Prairie Hollow Farm. Because NO ONE should have to be subjected to a Red Delicious! ;)

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Below is an article submitted to us by Fast Horse, a local creative agency, regarding the Honeycrisp:

This year’s fast-approaching apple season marks the 20th anniversary of the Honeycrisp — which revolutionized a bland and slumping apple industry, and paved the way for bolder varieties that are piled high in produce aisles today.

Now, the same family-owned orchard in rural Minnesota that made a bold bet on bringing the Honeycrisp to market finds itself on the forefront of industry innovation, once again.

Twenty years ago, annual apple sales in the U.S. were in a slump. Growers were bent on breeding consistent red colors, rather than focusing on flavor, and mainstream varieties were bland and mushy. In fact, Pepin Heights Orchard, like many family farms around the country, found itself on the brink of bankruptcy. But the little-known Midwestern farm made a big bet on Honeycrisp, which offered bolder flavor and innovative texture.

Flash forward, and U.S. apple sales have been on a steady climb. What's more: The price that U.S. growers receive for apples has more than doubled between 1990 and 2015. That's because, on the heels of Honeycrisp's success, more orchards are producing higher-quality products that consumers are willing to pay more for.

The industry transformation was made possible by Pepin Heights owner Dennis Courtier, who worked with David Bedford of the University of Minnesota’s apple breeding program and brought Honeycrisp to the market.

Sunday
Sep032017

Mill City Cooks: Greek Pico de Gallo Chicken Salad

For the September 2 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen prepared a super tasty Greek Pico de Gallo Chicken Salad, featuring chicken breasts from Braucher's Sunshine Harvest Farm, feta cheese from Cosmic Wheel Creamery and produce from several of the vegetable farmers.

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny marinated the chicken in a sauce consisting of Greek yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice, honey and fresh herbs. From there, the chicken was fried in a few tablespoons of olive oil, with additional marinade added while it cooked thru. 

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The final step in prepping the chicken was to shred it into bite-sized pieces.

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Once the chicken was removed from the pan, fresh sweet corn was seared to bring out extra flavor.

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

With the chicken and corn ready, the remaining salad ingredients were chopped and everything was combined, along with a Greek yogurt dressing (yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and salt) and crumbled feta.

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 2, 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
Sep022017

Shopping Basket from the September 2 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week: Brussels sprouts, Zestar!® apples (insanely sweet!) from Ames Farm, purple sweet corn from Prairie Hollow Farm and Delicata squash from Dusk2Dawn Farm.

September 2, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market
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