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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

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 

Friday
May192017

Spud Muffins!

No, not "stud muffins" - SPUD Muffins! :D

The possibilities are endless, and you'll find all kinds of tasty ingredients at the Mill City Farmers Market, including potatoes, onions, cheeses, meats and herbs. Enjoy these muffins with butter or use as a bun for breakfast sandwiches, sliders, etc.

Mexican Version
2 cups mashed potatoes (instant will work as well as fresh leftover potatoes)
1⁄2 cup chopped green chili
1⁄2 cup black olives
1⁄2 cup sour cream
1⁄2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- - - 
Italian Version
2 cups mashed potatoes (instant will work as well as fresh leftover potatoes)
1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
2-3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese or 2 -3 tablespoons cheddar cheese
1⁄2 cup sour cream
salt and pepper
- - -
Directions

Heat oven to 325°F. Coat large muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon potato mixture into 8 muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, on bottom oven rack, until heated through and slightly golden on top. Serve while hot.

Tuesday
May162017

Get to Know Kappers' Big Red Barn - New at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

We are so happy to have Kapper's Big Red Barn as a new vendor at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market. Farm fresh milk (regular and chocolate), heavy cream and cheese curds? Yes, please!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Kappers’ Big Red Barn, located in Chatfield, MN, is owned by Bob and Jeanette Kappers, and they run it with their sons Jacob, Lucas and Ethan. Look for Lucas and his girlfriend Jenna every Saturday on Chicago Plaza next to Black Cat Natural Foods.

Their milk is low-temp pasteurized and homogenized in a licensed milk plant right next to the barn where the cows are milked. To ensure quality, the Kappers use only milk produced on their farm.

Kappers' has a self-serve store on the farm, and they also provide tours to groups and school field trips. In addition to milk, heavy cream and cheese curds, they sell ice cream at the store.

These are some hard working, dedicated farmers. To be ready to greet you when the Market opens on Saturday, Jenna and Lucas get up at 2:30am and are on the road by 4:00am!! (Chatfield is south of Rochester.)

My fingers are crossed to one day find hand-rolled butter at their stand. :)

In addition to their website, you can find Kappers' on Facebook.
Monday
May152017

Mill City Cooks: Stuffed Chard Rolls with Yogurt and Goat Cheese Sauce

Chef Jenny Breen prepared Stuffed Chard Rolls with Yogurt and Goat Cheese Sauce for the May 13 Mill City Cooks demo.

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny made two versions of the Chard Rolls - one with and one without meat. The fillings included wild rice, wheat berries and heirloom beans, along with green garlic, herbs and other seasonings.

May 13, 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

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Once the meat, rice, wheat berries and beans are cooked, the mixtures come together quickly.

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The chard stems are removed and diced to become part of the filling. The leaves get a quick blanch to make them pliable for rolling.

May 13, 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

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Ta-dah!

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The Yogurt and Goat Cheese Sauce calls for soft goat cheese, plain yogurt, olive oil, minced herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Jenny always stresses improvising when a recipe item isn't readily available. In this case, she substituted Cosmic Wheel Creamery Quark for goat cheese.

May 13, 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

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The rolls get a flash warm up in the pan before plating.

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to the MCFM volunteers who help with the demo prep, serving and clean up tasks.

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online.

May 13, 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
May132017

Shopping Basket from the May 13 Mill City Farmers Market

Have you tried the challa bread from Heritage Breads yet? It lightly sweet, wonderfully soft, makes the best French toast AND it freezes well. New product tries this week: Wild Rice Ramen from Dumpling & Strand, Honey Coconut body scrub from Worker B and cheese curds from Kappers' Big Red Barn. :)

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Friday
May122017

This Year's Farmers Market Challenge is...

...to find a Daikon radish bigger than the one my sister Vickie landed a few years ago! (Granted, she's a little squirt - maybe 5' in heels - but that's still an impressive vegetable!)  :D

Tuesday
May092017

Get to Know Lakewinds Food Co-op: 2017 Sponsor of the Mill City Cooks Demos

Lakewinds Food Co-op is sponsoring the 2017 Mill City Cooks demos, and MCFM founder Brenda Langton couldn't be more pleased.  Per Brenda, "We love our new Lakewinds partners, they are an AMAZING group of folks who are so devoted to the market. We are fortunate to have them on board." With that ringing endorsement, we look forward to a fun season of cooking demos. An added bonus this year is the addition of an activity table for the little ones, allowing parents, grandparents and other guardians a relaxing demo experience.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market Jill Holter and Mary Jacobs of Lakewinds greeted May 6 Opening Day shoppers with information and complimentary reusable totes.

Founded in 1972, Lakewinds boasts over 21,000 community owners between the Richfield, Chanhassen and Minnetonka stores. They put the health of their customers first by NOT carrying products with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, growth hormones and antibiotics, high fructose corn syrup and other nasties.

Lakewinds is a community-minded organization. During the most recent fiscal year, they donated $150,000 to help fund initiatives such as developing regional organic agriculture, food and health-related community events, local food shelves, and food education outreach in schools.

Check out the blog page on their website for an array of useful information. :)

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market