Article by Jenny Heck of the Mill City Farmers Market
Record growing season sustains Mill City Farmers Market all year long!
The market’s indoor season kicks off this Saturday, November 12th inside the Mill City Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Your Saturday mornings sipping coffee, chatting with your neighbors, buying groceries from your favorite farmers, and of course instagramming at the farmers market do not end with brisk cold mornings and falling leaves. The Mill City Farmers Market continues its Saturday Market two to three times a month November through April starting this Saturday, November 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No matter the weather, find up to 50 vendors with a wide variety of organic produce, pasture-raised meat and eggs, farmstead cheeses, artisan bread, single-source honey, and other local groceries inside the Mill City Museum. The longest growing season on record for Minnesota is making abundant tables of cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, greens, sweet potatoes, squash, and root vegetables available this winter! In addition to locally grown produce, every indoor winter market highlights a variety of food artisans, live music, and local artists selling unique gifts and more! Plus, this Saturday enjoy a blood orange cranberry mimosa or apple cider sangria at the market’s cash bar and delicious breakfast and lunch from prepared food vendors: Chef Shack, Gorkha Palace, Salty Tart Bakery, and Heritage Breads.
“Many people don’t realize how long you can eat locally in Minnesota. Whether you are making delicious meals with smoked trout and storage potatoes or taking advantage of this record growing season with fresh salad greens, tomatoes and peppers in November, there is so much local food to go around!” says Jenny Heck, one of the market’s managers.
The average first frost in Minnesota is October 10th. This frost is typically the beginning of winter farm work like tilling under fields, planting cover crops for winter, and starting infrastructure projects. However, most of Minnesota has yet to see a hard frost, so many of the farmers at the Mill City Farmers Market are instead focusing on harvesting greenhouse tomatoes and lettuce!
Mill City Farmers Market will continue its state-funded EBT matching program throughout the indoor winter markets. With the program, Market Bucks, the market is able to match EBT money spent at the market dollar-for-dollar up to $10, so Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP formerly food stamps, participants can double the money they have to spend on local, healthy produce, meats, and more!
This winter at the market you can also expect to see the market’s popular Power of Produce kids’ vegetable tasting club, where children ages three through twelve can earn two dollars to spend on produce at the market by sampling a seasonal vegetable.
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. Find more information about the market, a complete winter market schedule, and seasonal fall and winter recipes at millcityfarmersmarket.org.
Winter Market Schedule - Inside the Mill City Museum, 10am to 1pm
November 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17
January 14, 28
March 4*, 11, 25
April 8, 22
*At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen