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Farmers Market Archive

Why Buy Local?

Article by Jenny Heck, Marketing and Events Manager, Mill City Farmers Market

Shopping locally isn’t always the most convenient or cheapest way to buy groceries. However, when you buy seasonal vegetables, handmade bread, pasture-raised eggs and other goods from the 120 farmers and food makers at the Mill City Farmers Market, your neighborhood food co-op and other local retailers, you are paying for the whole cost of the product. Local, sustainable farmers and makers don’t externalize the costs onto the environment, our community’s health, or poor wages and working conditions for their staff and themselves. Shopping locally also has many other benefits and supports a healthier environment and community and provides safer, more nutritious food for you and your family! Read on to learn exactly what you are supporting when you buy local.

Challenge yourself to eat locally one night a week throughout the winter! Mill City Farmers Market’s chefs are here to inspire your #WeeklyMarketMeal throughout the frozen months with the recipe below and our recipe archive at Mill City Farmers Market’s next winter market is Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Mill City Museum (704 S 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55401).

Honey Ricotta Pancakes

Recipe courtesy of Mill City Farmers Market. Makes 4 large pancakes.


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Butter a heavy frying pan and fry large dollops of batter over medium heat. Turn cakes once small bubbles appear.

Serve pancakes with more honey, thawed frozen berries or even chopped dried lavender or other herbs. The possibilities are endless!

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