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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
Jun222017

Get to Know Steel Autumn Studios - New Metal Artist at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Art vendor Steel Autumn Studios debuted at the June 3 Mill City Farmers Market, and is scheduled to return June 24. Owner Josh Neurer (below left) is a talented metal artist who turns scrap metal into unique indoor/outdoor pieces, and his brother Jake (below, right) handles sales and operations.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

In addition to pieces you'll find at their booth and online, Josh will work with you on a custom design. Reach them at steelautumnstudios@gmail.com or 651-334-2214 if you have something special in mind. You can also find Steel Autumn Studios on Etsy.

The piece pictured below is called "Minnehaha". We loved it so much we ordered one for our home. Her face is made from an old wok pan - so much better as art than taking up space in a dump, wouldn't you agree?

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

No two are exactly alike. The finishes on each one of these Minnesotas remind me of something - from the Northern Lights to Holstein cows to Lake Superior.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Be sure to stop by and say hello this Saturday! :)

Monday
Jun192017

American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Bike Helmet Giveaway

June 17 was Brain Health Day at the Mill City Farmers Market, and MCFM sponsor American Academy of Neurology (AAN) once again held their wildly popular bike helmet giveaway. By 8:00am there was a waiting line trailing down the block and around along Washington Avenue, all patiently waiting to receive one of the 1,000 complimentary helmets.

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

AAN also hosts a piano through Pianos on Parade, a popular summer program from the Minneapolis Downtown Council. Music is sometimes used as supplemental therapy along with traditional treatments for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia. The piano is placed in the sensory garden area in front of the AAN headquarters for the public to play every day from 8:00am to 9:00pm until June 30, 2017.

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The Minneapolis Police Bike Cops for Kids team was also at the event, handing out ice cream and other goodies. With a grant from the Ciresi Foundation, support from the PEACE Foundation, and a partnership with Penn Cycle, they've used bike helmets to connect with kids in north Minneapolis since 2009.

AAN has donated an additional 1,100 helmets to the Minneapolis Police Department Bike Cops for Kids, SPOKES/Cycles for Change, St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, Extended Learning Summer School/Minneapolis Public Schools, Brain Injury Alliance Minnesota and Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless.

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Many thanks to AAN for their generosity to the community! :D

Saturday
Jun172017

Shopping Basket from the June 17 Mill City Farmers Market 

New in the basket this week are vibrantly yellow oyster mushrooms from Cherry Tree House Mushrooms, wild rice bread from Heritage Breads, and tomatoes from Loon Organics.

June 17, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
Jun142017

Bike Helmet Giveaway at the June 17 Mill City Farmers Market

Protect your brain: Bike helmet giveaway at Mill City Farmers Market
Saturday market coincides with city-wide “Brain Health Awareness Day” in Minneapolis
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For a sixth consecutive year, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) will be giving away 1,000 bike helmets to children and adults on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Mill City Farmers Market. The free bike helmet giveaway is designed to raise awareness of and help prevent head injuries in Minnesota. It will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as quantities are limited.
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“As Minnesotans head outdoors to soak up our beautiful summer weather, we want to encourage everyone to protect their brain as they enjoy their favorite recreational activities,” said Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director and CEO of the American Academy of Neurology. “The AAN bike helmet giveaway is an important way to support our local community in hopes of preventing head injuries.”
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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has also proclaimed Saturday, June 17, 2017, Brain Health Awareness Day in the city to raise awareness about brain health.
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As part of Saturday’s event, the Mill City Farmers Market will present a cooking demonstration on healthy brain food as part of “Mill City Cooks” with guest Chef Austin Bartold. Additionally, children ages 3-12 will have the opportunity to taste brain-boosting veggie samples and earn a $2 token through the market’s Power of Produce veggie tasting club at the information booth.
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To further engage with the community, the AAN is hosting a piano through Pianos on Parade, a summer program from the Minneapolis Downtown Council, which aims to connect employees, residents, and visitors of Minneapolis with downtown spaces in creative ways. Music is sometimes used as supplemental therapy along with traditional treatments for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia. The piano is placed in the sensory garden area in front of the AAN headquarters for the public to play every day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. until June 30, 2017.
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To extend its impact on Minnesotans’ brain health, the AAN has donated an additional 1,100 helmets to the Minneapolis Police Department Bike Cops for Kids, SPOKES/Cycles for Change, St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, Extended Learning Summer School/Minneapolis Public Schools, Brain Injury Alliance Minnesota and Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless.
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You can follow the Academy’s efforts Saturday on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AANBrain and @MCFarmersMkt) using #ProtectYourBrain and #FreeBikeHelmets.
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The largest trade association in Minnesota, the American Academy of Neurology’s headquarters is located at Chicago Avenue and 2nd Street, across from the Mill City Farmers Market. To learn more about traumatic brain injury, please visit www.aan.com/concussion
Saturday
Jun102017

Shopping Basket from the June 10 Mill City Farmers Market 

New in the basket this week are garlic scapes, broccoli, 1% milk from Kappers' and strawberries. We're also trying the chocolate cherry bread from Heritage Breads, and Shahiya returned with their special Ethiopian Chutney - so good!




Friday
Jun092017

Get to Know Calvit's Drinking Shrubs - New at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Phil Calvit first experienced shrubs when a bartender served him a shrub-based mocktail. Fast forward, and he's now one of the new faces at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market with his Calvit's Drinking Shrubs. Shrubs are made by mixing fruit with vinegar and sugar, letting it steep and then straining out the solids. Phil offers a number of flavors, including Tomatillo-Tamarind, Ginger-Lemongrass and Beet-Ginger.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Available in two sizes, by the bottle or a convenient Shrubber's Sampler pack (you pick the flavors).

Farmers Market Vendor Event

Farmers Market Vendor Event

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

I frequently add a splash of shrubs to my gin and tonics, but as shown below, they're also good with charged water (or in a mocktail, like what hooked Phil). While the label says "drinking shrubs", it's more versatile than that. For example, shrubs can be the secret ingredient in a zingy salad or slaw dressing. 

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Calvit's Drinking Shrubs will return for the June 24 MCFM. There is also a Where to Buy section on their website. You can find them on Facebook.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Tuesday
Jun062017

Get to Know You Betcha! Kimchi - New at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Joe Silberschmidt and Iman Mefleh of You Betcha! Kimchi will tempt you with three degrees of kimchi: Uff Da! (loaded with Thai chilies), A Bit Nippy (a little spice - a little nice), and Minnesota Nice (the mildest of the three, but by no means dull). Check out the website for ideas on using kimchi, along with a few recipes.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

What began in a small south Minneapolis apartment kitchen in 2013 grew into a partnership with Minnesota and Wisconsin organic farms, and now their hand-made kimchi is produced at The Good Acre shared commercial kitchen and processing center.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Properly refrigerated, this kimchi will last for at least one year in the fridge.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

I'm a re-use/recycle girl, and I love it when vendors will take back their glass jars. :)

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Joe will be back at the July 1 Market, as well as a special July 18 evening MCFM at The Commons and additional Saturdays later in the season. You Betcha! Kimchi is also carried at The Wedge Co-op, Seward’s Franklin Street Co-op, all Lakewinds Food Co-ops, Eastside Co-op, Linden Hills Co-op, The Herbivorous Butcher, Harvest Moon Co-op, River Market Co-op, CityFoodStudio, Coalition Restaurants, Butter Bakery Cafe and a few other farmers markets.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Check out this Journal article by Jenny Heck, Marketing and Events Manager for the Mill City Farmers Market, featuring You Betcha! Kimchi.

Monday
Jun052017

Mill City Cooks: Ricotta Gnocchi with Spring Onions & Asparagus

For the June 3 Mill City Cooks demo, Chef Jenny Breen prepared Ricotta Gnocchi with Spring Onions & Asparagus.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For this recipe, Jenny used fresh ricotta from Shepherd's Way Farms and Moonglow from Cosmic Wheel Creamery. I always thought gnocchi was a potato dumpling, but this recipe has no potatoes. These dumplings are made with the two cheeses, egg, spring onions and flour, and seasoned with salt, pepper and nutmeg. (Note - if ricotta isn't available, you can substitue quark from Cosmic Wheel.)

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The gnocchi mixture needs to chill for at least an hour before it's rolled into dumplings, lightly coated in flour, and boiled for about 5 minutes.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For the sauce, green garlic is sauted in a combination of olive oil and butter. To that Jenny added the water that the asparagus and onions were cooked in. You could also use chicken stock if you have some on hand.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

To finish off the dish, the cooked gnocchi and asparagus were added to the sauce with additional shredded Moonglow cheese.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

June 3, 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

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

 

Saturday
Jun032017

Shopping Basket from the June 3 Mill City Farmers Market 

New arrivals at the Mill City Farmers Market this week included peas and Sun Gold cherry tomatoes (which are heaven by themselves, but when eaten with half-melted cheese curds - WOW - what a combo! We got one bag each of the Singing Hills Goat Dairy Dill curds and Cosmic Wheel Creamery curds, and if Kappers' had been at the June 3 Market - I would have picked up a bag of their curds, too. Yum! The MCFM 2017 envelope contains a bunch of goodies for renewing our annual Friends of the Market Membership.

June 3, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market All those green items in the basket (kale, spinach, peas, cilantro and green garlic) are going in the Dutch oven with bacon-sauteed Shiitake for a week of office meals. I'm going to add some Horner's Corner maple syrup to the batch for extra flavor - a Chef Jenny Breen trick I learned from watching years of her Mill City Cooks demos. Bacon from Sunshine Harvest Farm, shiitake from Cherry Tree House Mushrooms.

Friday
Jun022017

Complimentary Coffee / Tea for Friends of the Market at the June 3 MCFM

Mill City Farmers Market Friends of the Market Newsletter

The Mill City Farmers Market team would like to thank all their "Friends of the Market" members. As a token of their appreciation, they would like to treat you to a cup of coffee or tea this Saturday, June 3, and invite you to renew for 2017. 

They also have some exciting news to share about their new Charitable Fund: Your donation is now tax deductible!

Stop by the green Mill City Farmers Market tent at the June 3 Market to learn more, renew as a 2017 Friend of the Market, and receive a coupon to enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea. 

If you've already renewed for the year, simply stop by with your 2017 key chain and get a coupon to enjoy one beverage from Cafe Palmira or The Bolt! If you haven't yet renewed this year, you can do so online or at the Market on Saturday.

And remember, a membership is a fabulous gift!

Monday
May292017

Mill City Cooks: Rhubarb Iced Tea and Tarragon Lamb Brats with Spring Market Slaw

Chef Nettie Colon prepared Rhubarb Iced Tea and Tarragon Lamb Brats with Spring Market Slaw for the May 27 Mill City Cooks demo. Enjoy these informative cooking demos (and delicious samples!) every Saturday morning at 10:30am.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Brats from Sunshine Harvest Farm were first brought to a boil in water (yes, of course you can use beer at home!), and simmered until they registered 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Then they went on the grill. Baguettes from Salty Tart were also toasted on the grill.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For the slaw, Nettie started with the dressing, which included buttermilk, sour cream, mint, chives, green garlic, salt and pepper.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

She demontrated tearing and rolling herbs by hand (rather than chopping) to release the oils for more flavor.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

To mix the slaw, Nettie put half of the dressing in the bottom of a large mixing bowl, and then added in greens, sliced red globe radish and salad turnips (Daikon radishes). You can also add shredded carrots and any other crisp veggies. With the first toss she gently brought the dressing up and around the greens, and then lightly mixed in the remainder of the dressing.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The finished meal was presented on a dish by art vendor Ben Fiess of Inesse Ceramics.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The Rhubarb Iced Tea consists of rhubarb, water and sugar. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous, so they're removed before the stalks are cut into 3" pieces, added to a pot of cold water, brought to a boil and then simmered for an hour. The rhubarb is then strained out and sugar is added to the water. Once the sugar is disolved, the tea is cooled to room temperature and refrigerated. Garnish with mint or lime, and a splash of club soda will add a little bubble.

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 27, 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

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market 

Saturday
May272017

Shopping Basket from the May 27 Mill City Farmers Market 

Here's a new find at the May 27 Mill City Farmers Market: lovage. Cherry and Tim of Holistic Health Farms continually introduce us to new plants, and this is one of them. (It's the long stems with leaves placed vertically in the basket.) The cool thing about lovage is it has a celery flavor, with hollow stems sturdy enough to be used as straws in a Bloody Mary. Yum!  Darling Pickle Dips debuted this weekend - if you missed them at the May 27 Market, don't fret - they'll return June 24. Look for a "Get to Know" post on our Farmers Market blog in the near future, and be sure to try at least one of their yummy flavors! :)

May 27, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market 

Saturday
May272017

Use Fresh Ingredients from the Mill City Farmers Market for French Toast with Cinnamon Maple Whipped Cream

Challa bread from Heritage Breads makes wonderful French toast. For an extra special treat, serve it with this Cinnamon Maple Whipped Cream recipe, using maple syrup from Horner's Corner and heavy cream from Kappers'. Yummmmm! :)

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Wednesday
May242017

Get to Know Ommie Snacks - New at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Ommie Snacks of Chanhassen is the creation of Claudia Fierro-Poppen, a young entrepreneur (like her father!). These small batch energy bars are made with high quality ingredients, including all-natural dried fruits (cherries, apricots, pineapple, apples, bananas, cranberries, raisins) and raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds. For people with nut allergies, seeds are a great alternative. Read more about the ingredients here.

It's hard to believe, but Claudia was once a Marketing Manager for a national branded processed foods company. But the more she was around processed foods, the less she ate them. It led her to expand on vegetable gardening, cooking more from scratch, and eventually leaving that Marketing position to launch Ommie. Claudia is also a skilled yogi (she has been practicing since age 8), which ties in with her "Eat Mindfully. Live Mindfully." philosophy.

In addition to the Mill City Farmers Market, Claudia sells at other local metro Farmers Markets, and you can purchase Ommie bars online as well. You can also find Ommie Snacks on Facebook and Instagram.
 

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers MarketClaudia with her husband Mark

Note to vegetarian shoppers - these bars have no eggs or dairy. No nuts, soy or wheat either. If you want to see what's in them - just look at the two jars atop the display:

Farmers Market Vendor Event

Learn about all 9 varieties here.

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
May202017

Shopping Basket from the May 20 Mill City Farmers Market

New in the basket this week - a corn micro green from Holistic Health Farms. They taste like fresh sweet corn! Why yes, there is a bite out of the Key Lime donut from Sift. It took every ounce of willpower to not devour it before the Market basket picture was taken. The beautiful purple kohlrabi from Prairie Hollow Farm was a nice surprise, too. :)

May 20, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market