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What it means to be Certified Naturally Grown

Mike Noreen, a 13-season veteran of the Mill City Farmers Market and owner of Burning River Farm, is no stranger to the question “Are these carrots organic?” In 2006, Mike chose to certify his farm, now located 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis in Frederic, Wisconsin, as Naturally Grown rather than USDA Organic. Many customers believe…  Read More

Mhonpaj’s Garden: Inspiring Organic Gardening

Mhonpaj’s Garden is a long-time vendor at the Mill City Farmers Market. This certified-organic farm is owned by mother-daughter duo May and Mhonpaj Lee. They grow a variety of vegetables using organic practices for pest and weed management as well as practicing soil conservation, sustainable water usage and the many other things encompassed in USDA…  Read More

Organic Field Grant Program

How the market community extends beyond Saturday shopping Photo from Neighborhood Roots. Originally published in the Mill City Times. If you’ve ever walked through the Mill City Farmers Market on a Saturday morning, you may notice there is something that distinguishes it from other shopping experiences. Not only do over 120 local farmers and artisans…  Read More

The healing power of herbal tea

After a month of parties, shopping trips, family celebrations and nights on the sledding hills, a new season is upon us–cold and flu season. The sniffly, cold weather has us reaching into our cupboards for herbal teas. Unlike black, green, white, pu-erh or oolong tea that all come from the leaves and leaf buds of…  Read More

Late-Season Strawberries from Twin Cities Berry Company

Colorful heirloom and big red beefsteak tomatoes are covering the tables at farmers markets. However, another red fruit is exciting customers at the Mill City Farmers Market this August: strawberries. Juicy, local strawberries are typically only available in early to mid-summer in our region, but Farmington-based Twin Cities Berry Company, founded in 2018, has a…  Read More

Mill City Farmers Market Opening for 2019 with new Sustainability Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mill City Farmers Market Opening for 2019 with new Sustainability Statement The Market’s new policy attests to its reputation as a trusted grocery source and local food leader. Minneapolis, Minn.—On Saturday, May 4th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Mill City Farmers Market (MCFM) will open its outdoor season, located in…  Read More

6 Things You Need to Know About WEI

This week on the blog, we’d like to highlight one of our few year-round, full-time farms: Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI). Located 60 miles north of Minneapolis in North Branch, WEI is not only a farm, but also a non-profit working for environmental, racial and food justice through organic farming and policy strategies. Here’s six more things you…  Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Winter Squash

Winter squash is up there with pumpkin spice and sweater weather when it comes to the highlights of fall and winter. There are almost countless varieties of beautiful shapes and colors of these locally grown treasures, but such large and tough-skinned vegetables can also be intimidating. Let’s break down what you need to know about…  Read More

National Business Women’s Week

October 16 is the start of National Business Week, providing an opportunity to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, and raise awareness of the resources available for working women in their communities. We’re highlighting the Market’s women farmers, artists and food makers. Learn more below! Kick off National Business Women’s…  Read More