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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 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
Aug182016

Beth Dooley on Sunrise Flour Mill 

Check out Beth Dooley's recent StarTribune article, Sunrise Flour Mill of North Branch, featuring our friends Darrold and Marty Glanville of Sunrise Flour Mill, a long time MCFM vendor.

Whether it's flour for baking, corn meal for polenta or wheat berries for a yummy salad - they have it all.  Find them at the Mill City Farmers Market every Saturday in the train shed across from the cooking demo area.

 

Wednesday
Aug172016

Mill City Farmers Market Celebrates World Honey Bee Day on August 20

July 2, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Via an August 16 Press Release from the Mill City Farmers Market:

Shop for local honey products, locally pollinated produce, and learn the science behind pollination from the market’s vendors and community partners!

Minneapolis, Minn.—On Saturday, August 20thfrom 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Mill City Farmers Market, together with Land O’Lakes, Inc.and other community partners, will celebrate World Honey Bee Day at its weekly downtown market. In addition to over 65 vendors selling farm-fresh honey, beeswax products, and locally pollinated fruits and vegetables, the market will host several community partners who will be educating the community about the importance of bees and other pollinators in local agriculture. Look at bees under microscopes, watch live bees buzzing through a hive, join the Coloration of PolliNation™by coloring a bee-utiful pollinator creation, sample seasonal recipes, and learn about all the ways to celebrate bees through gardening classes (bee lawns!) and pollinator-themed family activities from The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Market Science, Ames Farm, and Land O’Lakes, Inc.!

“As a food and agriculture company dedicated to feeding crops, animals and people, ensuring the bees and butterflies that help make our food possible have enough to eat just makes sense,” said Kim Olson, Chief Communications Officer of Arden Hills, Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes, Inc. “Just this year, we’ve distributed more than 35,000 pollinator garden seed packets to our partners, employees and members in communities here in Minnesota and across the United States in an effort to create more forage habitat. World Honey Bee Day is a perfect time to celebrate the impact of bees, butterflies and other pollinators with Mill City Farmers Market and their tremendous vendors and visitors. It’s up to all of us to make a difference in pollinator health.”

According to the American Beekeeping Federation, honey bees directly pollinate the flowers of one-third of all fruit and vegetables grown in the United States. Many crops, including apples, berries, pumpkins, and melons are 90 percent dependent on honey bees for pollination. Furthermore, honey bees and other pollinators like native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies contribute more than 24 billion dollars to the U.S. economy each year, according to a 2014 White House report.

Shop for local honey, honey products, and all your groceries at the Mill City Farmers Market this Saturday, August 20thon World Honey Bee Day! In addition to honey bee education and activities, join the market for a cooking demonstration and book signing from acclaimed cookbook author Robin Asbell, author of ‘Great Bowls of Food’, and for live music from Michael Keyes and Jim Krans at 11 a.m.

About the market: 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. Located next to the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis, the market runs every Saturday May-September from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in October.

Tuesday
Aug162016

Couscous Salad - Ingredients from the Mill City Farmers Market

Here's a super fast, super tasty dish - using only a few ingredients from the Market:

Cilantro and Chinese Long Beans from the Bean Market, semolina couscous from the Wedge Community Co-op Pop-Up Market, Shahiya Chitney (Ethiopian Mild) and a Walla Walla onion from Burning River Farm. I would have preferred to use broth from Abrothecary, but this past Saturday was their off week. So, broth from the store had to do.

The beauty of using Chitney is that you don't have to add additional spices - they're all in there for you.

While the beans and onions were on the grill (with a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt and black pepper), I cooked the couscous and washed/chopped the cilantro.  Couscous in ready in minutes - using a ratio of 1 cup dry couscous to 1 cup liquid, add the grain to the boiling liquid, remove from the heat, stir and set aside until the liquid is absorbed.

When the beans are done, cut them into desired size pieces, combine with the couscous, cilantro and as much of the Chitney as you like.  That's it!   :D

Monday
Aug152016

Mill City Cooks - Sauerkraut / Lacto-Fermented Cabbage

As part of Gut Health Day at the August 13 Market, Guest Chef Nick Schneider demonstrated how to start a batch of lacto-fermented cabbage (sauerkraut) for the Mill City Cooks presentation. Nick is the owner of Thrive Chef Works, providing personal chef services and cooking classes. The method he demonstrated can be found on the MCFM website

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Per Nick, start with fresh cabbage, which will have a higher water content, and create as much surface area as possible when chopping it.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

To the shredded cabbage, Nick added pickling salt and seasonings and mixed well. He stressed the importance of weighing the cabbage to assure you use the correct amount of salt.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The cabbage mixture was transferred to a ceramic crock (Nick's container of choice) and tamped down.  During this process the juices come out and ideally create enough liquid to cover the cabbage. If not, water needs to be added, as exposed cabbage will mold.  Depending on the conditions, the fermentation process takes around 3 - 4 weeks.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Nick also welcomed Market Vendor Adrienne Logsdon of Kiss My Cabbage to talk about her fermented products. She uses local ingredients, most coming from Burning River Farm. Adrienne continually experiments with new combinations, so stop by her booth often to check out her latest creation.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The audience sampled a few varieties of Kiss My Cabbage.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Aug132016

Shopping Basket from the August 13 Mill City Farmers Market

Some fun surprises at the August 13 Market: Zestar apples from Ames Farm (running about 10 days ahead of schedule per owner Brian Fredericksen), Chinese Long Beans (so good!) from the Bean Market and Giardiniera from Kiss My Cabbage.  Also new in the basket is semolina couscous from the Wedge Community Co-op Pop-Up Market and fantastic Blueberry Bourbon Sage jam from Serious Jam. I had to graduate to a large jar of the Shahiya Chitney (Ethiopian Mild) - it's so tasty! :) 

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Aug122016

Watermelon - Now in Season at the Mill City Farmers Market

It's officially watermelon season at the Market, so here's a timely article about watermelon by Roni Caryn Rabin.  

Last year I came across this video demonstrating a quick way to cut a watermelon for serving, and it did turn out to be handy. (The British accent made it sound like a smart idea...) I used it on this beauty from Loon Organics. :)

And if you happen to come across a seedless watermelon, you can have all kinds of fun...

Market Meal from the August 11, 2012 Mill City Farmers Market

Market Meal from the August 11, 2012 Mill City Farmers Market

Thursday
Aug112016

Minnesota Nice-oise article in The Journal by Jenny Heck of the Mill City Farmers Market 

Check out the article written by Jenny Heck, Marketing and Events Manager for the Mill City Farmers Market, as printed in The Journal. She talks about re-making a classic French dish using ingredients from our local Market.

As an example, she included a recipe from Chef Jenny Breen - Minnesota "Nice-oise" Salad - which Chef Breen has demo'd on two occasions for the MCFM's Mill City Cooks. She used different ingredients for each demo, based on what was in season at the time.

In 2014using cod from Wild Run Salmon

And in 2016, using smoked trout from Star Prairie Trout Farm:

This recipe is a perfect example of one the points Chef Breen makes at all of her demos: Don't disregard a recipe just because you don't have the exact ingredient list on hand.  You can see this in the above two examples of the same recipe - one has asparagus, while the other has green beans; one has cod, while the other has smoked trout; one has green onions, while the other has red onions, and so on.

Wednesday
Aug102016

Wellness Minneapolis at the Mill City Farmers Market

Wellness Minneapolis was a community booth at the August 6 Market. Co-founded by former Mill City Farmers Market Assistant Manager Jesse Haas, Wellness Minneapolis is a team of naturopathic doctorsnutrition and health coachestherapistsacupuncturists and massage and bodywork therapists.

An informative video on their website will thoroughly explain their approach to wellness and whole-body healing.

Currently located at 3751 Nicollet Avenue S, they will be moving to 44th and Nicollet Avenue this fall. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Aug092016

Ingredient Magazine and Butternut Magazine at the Mill City Farmers Market

Jill Colella, Editor of Ingredient Magazine and Butternut Magazine, introduced shoppers to these fun publications at the August 6 Market.  Wow - what wonderful resources for teaching kids food literacy. With each issue, kids get introduced to different foods, learn how to prepare recipes, enjoy games and puzzles, etc. (And what kid isn't excited to get their own mail?) Both publications are available in print and electronic versions, and they're ad-free.

Being able to prepare food is a life skill that children should start learning early, and publications like these are a real help. A great investment for your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or to donate to an elementary school.

In addition to the websites, you can find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IngredientMag and https://www.facebook.com/butternutmag/) and other social media (links on are the websites).  If you have questions for Jill, you can reach her at jill@ingredientmag.com, or 651-253-7420.

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

This little sign pretty much sums it up! :)

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

I picked up a coloring book for the grandkids, but truth be told, I wanted to keep it for myself.

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Monday
Aug082016

Mill City Cooks - Sweet Corn Pancakes with Sweet Corn Relish

Market Chef Beth Jones served Sweet Corn Pancakes with Sweet Corn Relish for the August 6 Mill City Cooks demo.

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

For the Sweet Corn Relish, Beth combined fresh sweet corn, diced red peppers, red onion, green pepper and cucumbers with cider vinegar, sugar, spices and water.  This colorful mixture simmered while she went on to prepare the pancakes.

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The take-away from this demo was to save the stripped cobs for simmering in a soup base - they'll add a lot of flavor. Per Beth, if you only make soup when fall is in the air, store the stripped cobs in the freezer until needed.

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The batter consists of flour, baking powder and soda, sea salt, buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, chopped scallions and fresh thyme. Beth fried the pancakes in butter, and when that batter hit the pan - oh, what a yummy aroma filled the air!

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes from the Mill City Cooks demos are available online.

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to the Wedge Community Co-op for sponsoring the Mill City Cooks demo program!

Saturday
Aug062016

Shopping Basket from the August 6 Mill City Farmers Market

Yay! Loon Organics had the first watermelon of the season, and Nistler Farms had heirloom Israeli Haogen melons (they smell like grapefruit, but taste like melon). Those Walla Walla onions and white eggplant from Burning River Farm are going to be fantastic on the grill. How I've lived this long without ever noticing yellow Roma tomatoes I'll never know, but I didn't hesitate to pick some up from Real Foods. And last but not least, I thought I'd give the Activated Charcoal Tooth & Gum Powder from Body Bliss a try.

August 6, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
Aug052016

HeathGlen Farm Featured Product: Harissa Sauce

Via an August 5 e-newsletter from HeathGlen Farm & Kitchen:
 
Raise your hand if you know what Harissa is. Good for you lucky folks!  And for those of you with your hands down you are in for a treat. HeathGlen Farm & Kitchen is very proud of its Harissa Sauce, a finalist in last year’s Good Foods Awards in San Francisco which recognizes authentic and responsibly produced foods (cross your fingers for our entries in this year’s competition).

Harissa is a burst of excitement in your mouth. HeathGlen Farm blends seven different peppers in its recipe along with a palette of spices, heirloom tomatoes and more. This sauce is traditionally served with couscous, but is also delicious with any grilled meat, as a dip for roasted veggies or as a topping on eggs.  Great as a sandwich spread! See below for 3 fabulous egg recipes you can easily make at home with harissa as a special ingredient.

Come to our markets to get your Harissa Sauce or buy it online on our website

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Editor's note - You can't go wrong trying any product from HeathGlen.  Dorothy is an award-winning master of jellies, jams, syrups and sauces.

Friday
Aug052016

Newest Mill City Farmers Market Vendor, Baker's Field Flour & Bread, Featured in the StarTrib Taste

It's kind of a big deal - this summer Steve Horton officially brought milling back to the Mill City.  Robin Asbell's Mill City gets a new mill with Steve Horton's Baker's Field Flour and Bread article in the latest StarTrib's Taste section is sure to give you a sincere appreciation for Steve's talents and all the work that went into making Baker's Field Flour & Bread a reality. 

And you'll learn a thing or two about grains, flour, starter and perfect buns, because Robin knows what she's talking about. She's the author of eight cookbooks, including The New Whole Grain Cookbook: Terrific Recipes Using Farro, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Barley, and Many Other Delicious and Nutritious Grains. She's also been a guest chef at the Mill City Farmers Market's Mill City Cooks demo.  :)

Thursday
Aug042016

Farm2School and MPS Food Truck at the Mill City Farmers Market

Farm2School and the Minneapolis Public Schools' Food Truck were at the July 30 Market for Youth at the Market Day. Visitors received information on how these organizations help enhance nutrition for children, tasted samples and enjoyed activities with the kids.

Farm2School promotes children’s health by providing fresh, healthy and minimally processed foods to schools, while building markets for farmers whose products have historically been absent from school lunch trays. This program is happening in Minnesota and across the United States.

Staff from Farm2School introduced kids to vegetable with this Veggie Grand Prix game and veggie/fruit tattoos.

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The Food Truck serves specific Minneapolis neighborhoods with free breakfast and/or lunch for anyone 18 & under. It can also be rented for a private function, or reserved for special school-related events.  

Staff from the MPS Food Truck handed out fresh veggie snack samples.

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

July 30, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Aug032016

Cynthia Froid Group Blueberry Giveaway at the August 6 Mill City Farmers Market

Yay! Market Sponsor Cynthia Froid Group will be treating shoppers to complimentary HeathGlen blueberries at the August 6 Mill City Farmers Market. :D

 

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