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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 11th Season!

Mill City Farmers Market 2016 Dates:

Every Saturday / May 7 - October 29

Mill City Farmers Market 2016 Hours:

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (October Hours 9a-1p)

Mill City Farmers Market Location:

704 S. Second St. Minneapolis, MN

Friday
Mar242017

Juicing Made Easy with Zula Juice

Below is a excerpt from Jenny Heck's latest article in The Journal, Juicing Made Easy with Zula Juice. Jenny is the Marketing & Events Manager for the Mill City Farmers Market.

When you think about a juice cleanse you think about lots of grocery shopping, lots of prep work and lots of dishes, right? Enter Zula Juice, owned by Twin Cities’ couple Renee and Tim Peters. Zula Juice was created four years ago after Renee discovered the refreshing benefits of juicing. She soon had more energy, better looking skin, less dependency on caffeine (which is saying something for a mother of five) and was quickly hooked. She created Zula Juice with her husband as a way for them to make clean food fun and convenient for more people. Zula Juice offers a variety of cold-pressed, nutrient-packed juices including flavors like “Carrot Plunge” (carrot, lime and Fuji apple) and “Green Glow” (kale, mint, pineapple and cucumber). As a commitment to convenience, Zula Juice has free delivery in the metro area for all its juices and juice cleanse kits.

In addition to making the juicing process easy, Renee and Tim also make it high-quality. Zula Juice was the first juice company in the Twin Cities to be certified organic and they use local ingredients whenever possible. Zula Juice is also dedicated to being HPP-free. HPP is high-pressure pasteurization, which uses heat to reduce microbial content (including probiotics) to increase the shelf life of a product. All juices found at yoga studios, grab-and-go cafes, grocery stores and even co-ops are required to be pasteurized. The longer a juice (or any product) sits on a shelf, its antioxidant, enzyme and vitamin levels decrease. Fresh juice should be consumed within 5 days of being pressed.

Lucky for us, Renee and Tim make all their juice within 24 hours of sale at their kitchen in St. Paul. They also wake up early on Saturdays to press juice for the Mill City Farmers Market. You can learn more about the process, discover the benefits of fresh juice and sample all of Zula’s flavors at the upcoming indoor winter markets inside the Mill City Museum (704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis 55401) on Saturday March 25, April 8 and April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can find more information on our calendar.

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Previous Mill City Cooks articles in The Journal can be viewed here: http://www.journalmpls.com/category/focus/mill-city-cooks/

Saturday
Mar042017

Beth Dooley explains why using freshly milled flour from Baker's Field Flour & Bread and Sunrise Flour Mill makes a difference

In Beth Dooley's StarTrib article, The secret to great baking: the flour, she explains why freshly milled flour from Mill City Farmers Market vendors Baker's Field Flour & Bread and Sunrise Flour Mill is superior to mass produced flour on the grocery store shelf.

Bottom line - not all flour is created equal. If you're going to bake, use fresh, quality ingredients like these locally milled flours.

Friday
Feb102017

Cynthia Froid Group to Treat Shoppers to Complimentary Chevre at Feb 11 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank You to Mill City Farmers Market sponsor, Cynthia Froid Group, for treating shoppers to fantastic Singing Hills Goat Dairy chevre at the February 11 Market!

 

Thursday
Feb092017

Zula Juice - a Scout Guide Minneapolis pick

Congratulations to Mill City Farmers Market vendor Zula Juice for being a Scout Guide Minneapolis pick! 

Grab a bottle or two at the February 11 Market (or treat yourself to a cleanse package - order online and they will deliver to your door).  :) 

Wednesday
Feb082017

3 Bear Oats at the Mill City Farmers Market - A Hearty Meal for Shoppers!

Therese Moore introduced shoppers to her 3 Bear Oats artisan porridge at the January 14 and 28 Mill City Farmers Markets, and will be returning for the February 11 Market (10a-1p inside the Mill City Museum).

These steel cut porridges feature sweet and savory spins on a healthy, comforting classic. Therese has a flavor for every palate:

Little Bear’s Breakfast – Caramelized with honey & cinnamon dusted apples.
La Petite Canadienne – Bacon, cheese with a hint of pure maple syrup.
Orso Toscano – An earthy mushroom mix with savory flavors to mimic risotto.
Shangri-la– A kick of Turmeric-laced Tandoori spices & ginger.
Alpine Trek– Dark chocolate & banana chunks harkening back to mountain trail mix.

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Organic ingredients come from local co-ops and producers, including spices, seasonings, maple syrup, mushrooms, honey, fruits and ancient grain granolas.

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

I took home a bowl of the Shangri-la. So good! And since Therese puts it together while you wait, you can request more or less spice, etc., to suit your taste.

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

For my next visit, I'll be getting the Alpine Trek with dark chocolate and banana chunks. Don't want to sit down for a meal while you're at the Market? No problem - Therese can but a lid on your newly created meal, and she also has pre-made bowls ready to go:

January 28, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

You can reach Therese at 914-645-7383 or Therese@3bearoats.com. Follow 3 Bear Oats on Facebook.

Tuesday
Feb072017

Looking For a Sweet Valentine's Gift? Visit HAT MAKE at the Feb 11 Mill City Farmers Market

Looking for something fabulous to give (or wear) this Valentine's Day?  HAT MAKE will be at the February 11 Mill City Farmers Market with an array of exquisite hats. Make a statement!

Check out the newest styles in HAT MAKE's Sport//Pastime Resort '17 Lookbook.

Thursday
Jan262017

Beth Dooley on Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes

When you visit the January 28 Mill City Farmers Market inside the Mill City Museum (10a-1p), but sure to pick up a few sweet potatoes. They're a delicious treat no matter how you fix them.
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Beth Dooley had an informative article in the January 26 Taste section, Sweet potato or yam?, in which she discussed the differences between yams and sweet potatoes.  She also shared her tasty recipe, Spicy and Tangy Sweet Potatoes, featuring roasted sweet potatoes with chiles and lime.
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Try sweet potatoes in everything from soup to biscuits. On a recent trip to Jamaica we were treated to Sweet Potato Pudding, which was baked in a Dutch oven over an open fire. Yum!  :D

 

Tuesday
Jan242017

Mill City Farmers Market is Hiring Nutrition Interns for Summer 2017

Meet Your Vegetables is a Mill City Farmers Market internship that trains public health students how to educate our community on the health benefits of incorporating more local produce into our diets. Allina Health has funded this program for the 5th year in a row. Click here for more info.

 

Sunday
Jan152017

Heirloom Bean article by Jenny Heck of the Mill City Farmers Market in The Journal

Learn about Tongsee Xiong and his wife Xai Lor, Hmong immigrants practicing traditional farming at Bean Market Farm in Rosemont.  They are regular vendors with a variety of heirloom beans at the Mill City Farmers Market. Jenny's article, Heirloom dry beans: How Bean Market Farm is preserving the harvest, includes a yummy Heirloom Bean Burger recipe from Chef Heather Hartman.

Monday
Jan022017

Mill City Farmers Market's Top 6 Recipes of 2016

In 2016, the Mill City Farmers Market chefs, volunteers and interns created 44 seasonal recipes, utilizing ingredients from our local farmers and food makers. Based on MCFM's webpage and social media views, here are the favorite Mill City Cooks recipes from 2016:


3. Cauliflower Tabouli

 

Thursday
Dec152016

Stock up for the Holidays at the December 17 Mill City Farmers Market

This Saturday, December 17, is your last chance to stock up on your favorite local treats at the Mill City Farmers Market inside the Mill City Museum. Click here for details. Play it safe - bring an extra tote!

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Let the helpful Market staff put together a gift box for you.

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Holiday multitasking at its best - bring your purchases to the Market staff for free gift wrapping!

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Does your little one belong to the Market's Power of Produce (PoP) Club? Maybe Santa should leave some Market Tokens in their stocking so they can extend their shopping experience at one of the upcoming winter markets.

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Last week Tattersall Distilling was at the Market sampling their spirits. At the December 17 Market, Lawless Distilling Company will be sampling holiday cocktails with their Minneapolis-made craft spirits.

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The first annual Winterfest on 2nd Street took place in conjunction with the December 10 Market. The Friends of the Mill District Singers belted out Christmas carols in front of the Museum.

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Milly the goat got her very own Christmas card!

December 10, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Following the December 17 Market, the next dates are January 14 and 28, 2017.

Saturday
Dec102016

Perfect for Holiday Thumbprint Cookies: HeathGlen Jams, Jelly and Marmalade

Mill City Farmers Market vendor Dorothy Stainbrook of HeathGlen is a jam, jelly and marmalade genius. And there's no need to constrain yourself to enjoying these treats soley on toast.

Dorothy offered the following in a recent e-newsletter: "Fancy Christmas cookies are special, but you wou ld be hard pressed to find a child or adult that doesn't love a rustic thumbprint cookie.  Try a peanut butter chocolate one with Raspberry Chambord jam, a polenta one with Lime Marmalade, or a cheddar-parmesan one with Cranberry Hot Pepper Jelly.  The combinations are endless...and awesome!"

She also produces some incredible sauces and dried seasonings. Check out her website for these and other Holiday gift suggestions:

4-Pack of Our Specialty Chile Spice Mixes

Holiday Gift Boxes

Sunday
Dec042016

Join Forces with Mill City Farmers Market Vendors to Help Send Firewood to Standing Rock!

Help send a truck load of Oak to Standing Rock!  

Mill City Farmers Market vendor Arie Peisert of Northern Fires Pizza is working with other Market vendors to help the peaceful protesters in the stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. A fund has been set up to purchase a truck load (or loads) of firewood to be delivered directly to the Sacred Stone Camp.

The intent is that this will be an efficient and focused way for us all to best stand with the people at Standing Rock and fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

NEED TO RAISE ASAP: $4,130 for each truck load (22 cords) of firewood.

Sacred Stone Camp at Standing Rock is comprised of people who are "dedicated to stopping and raising awareness to the Dakota Access pipeline, the dangers associated with pipeline spills and the necessity to protect the water resources of the Missouri river". As they prepare for a long, cold winter on the North Dakota plains, firewood is the number one donation needed.
 
Arie has worked with a reliable, family owned firewood company who will deliver 1 truck load of wood (22 cords) directly to the Sacred Stone Camp for $4,130.
1 cord of wood = $165 / 22 cords = $3,630
Delivery fee = $500
100% of the funds donated on this site will go directly to the purchase of the wood and the delivery fee, helping to support the people who are working to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline. All additional funds will be directly donated to Sacred Stone Camp.
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Thursday
Dec012016

Pick Up Fresh Ingredients for this Pasta Dish at the Dec 3 Mill City Farmers Market

This Penne With Roasted Mushrooms, Onions and Goat Cheese recipe from a recent StarTrib Taste issue includes many ingredients you'll find at the December 3 Mill City Farmers Market: mushrooms, pasta, onions, fresh herbs, garlic, goat cheese, and a wonderful substitute for Parmesan from Shepherd's Way.

Saturday
Nov192016

Buy your local Christmas tree at the Mill City Farmers Market’s December Holiday Markets!

November 19, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Via a November 29 Press Release form the Mill City Farmers Market:  

Christmas tree farms anticipate healthy trees, strong sales

Buy your local Christmas tree at the Mill City Farmers Market’s December Holiday Markets!

Minnesota and Wisconsin Christmas tree growers are gearing up for a season of high-quality Christmas trees, thanks to favorable conditions during the 2016 growing season. Nistler Farms will once again be offering chemical-free Christmas trees, spruce tops, birch logs and other holiday decorations at the Mill City Farmers Market’s December markets. On December 3rd, 10th, and 17th, you can find Jeff Nistler at the front door of the Mill City Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a variety of trees, including Fraser firs (5-9ft) and wild balsam (9-11ft)! Jeff and his staff will be offering delivery to market neighbors, tree stands, fresh cuts, rope and even biodegradable tree bags.

“I’m really excited to bring trees Saturday,” says Nistler, who was still harvesting tomatoes from his farm for the Thanksgiving market on November 19th. “Some folks are coming out to the farm this morning to buy trees because they can't be there Saturday.”

Christmas tree growers recommend cutting the base of the trunk before placing trees in their stands, making it easier to soak up water. Using a sturdy stand that can hold at least one gallon of water ensures stability and provides an ample water supply during the first few hours the tree is standing. Avoid placing the tree near heaters, air vents, and south-facing windows and be sure to check that your lights are in good condition.

Choosing a locally grown Christmas tree not only provides a beautiful centerpiece for holiday celebrations, it also supports local economies, benefiting family tree farmers. Christmas tree farms replant multiple seedlings for every tree cut. During the 7-10 year growth period of an average Christmas tree, seedlings pull carbon dioxide from the air and provide habitat for wildlife. Purchasing a tree from a local producer also guarantees shorter distance traveled and fresher trees. After the holiday season, real trees are biodegradable and can be recycled or used as biomass, a renewable form of energy. 

There will be over 45 other farmers, food vendors and local artists at the Mill City Farmers Market’s December Holiday Markets, offering greenhouse and storage vegetables, pasture-raised meat & eggs, farmstead cheeses, artisan bread, seasonal preserves, and unique gifts for family, coworkers, and friends! Plus, on December 10th the market is partnering with “Winterfest on 2nd Street”, with horse drawn carriage rides, a festive photo booth, hot chocolate and cookies, caroling with Friends of the Mill District Singers, and a warm clothing drive for YouthLink MN.

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. The market is located inside the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis November through April. Find the winter market schedule and seasonal recipes at millcityfarmersmarket.org.

For questions and to pre-order your tree from Nistler Farms contact Jeff Nistler at nstlrfrm@frontiernet.net or 612-816-3653.