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2021 Next Stage Grant Awards

Congratulations to Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund’s 2021 Next Stage Grant awardees! The Next Stage Grant program provides funding to local, regenerative farmers and other food makers who are improving sustainable farming and business practices or growing toward the “next stage” of their businesses. In 2021 we awarded 15 grants totaling $73,415 to support…  Read More

Solar Fresh Produce Next Stage Grant

2020 Next Stage Grant Awards

Congratulations to Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund’s (MCFM-CF) 2021 Next Stage Grant awardees! The Next Stage Grant program provides funding to local, regenerative farmers and other food producers who are improving sustainable farming and business practices or growing toward the “next stage” of their businesses. In 2020 MCFM-CF awarded 8 grants to support local…  Read More

Der's Flower Farm

Farmer Grants

Next Stage Grant Program The Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund (MCFM-CF) is committed to the success and sustainability of the local food economy. MCFM-CF designed the Next Stage Grant to provide funding to local, regenerative farmers and other food producers who are improving sustainable farming and business practices or growing toward the “next stage”…

Organic Field Grant Program

How the market community extends beyond Saturday shopping 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 transform the historic train shed overlooking the Mighty Mississippi into a…  Read More

Mhonpaj's Garden 2021

Therapy out of abundance at Mhonpaj’s Garden

Growing up on her family farm, Mill City Farmers Market vendor Mhonpaj Lee did not envision herself assuming the business from her parents, but over the years has found purpose and a fitting lifestyle for her own family continuing the legacy of Minnesota’s first Hmong-owned certified organic farm. By Mecca Bos After her family emigrated…  Read More

Jeff Nistler Nistler Farms 2021

Adapting to a changing climate at Nistler Farms

How this summer’s extreme weather is impacting farmers markets’ most iconic crops: heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn and melon, and how Mill City Farmers Market vendor Jeff Nistler has been adapting on the farm for decades. By Jenny Heck “It’s like early childhood development,” Jeff Nistler explained as we rode through hazy fields of melons, flowering…  Read More

One Way You Can Support Mill City Farmers Market

As the market has started to open up again, many of you have asked, “What can I do to support the market?” Mill City Farmers Market’s Executive Director Martha Archer shares updates on the impact of our Charitable Fund and how you can support our work in this letter to the market community. Last Saturday…  Read More

Visit to Shepherd’s Way Farms

Photographer and Mill City Farmers Market regular shopper Iglika Petrova takes a visit to Shepherd’s Way Farms in Nerstrand, MN to capture the story behind Jodi and Steven’s award-winning sheep milk cheese–complete with her recipe for Bacon, Poached Egg, Asparagus and Morcella Cheese Toast. By Iglika Petrova It takes a special person to be a…  Read More

North Circle Seeds

Organic and Culturally Appropriate Seed Production in Minnesota

How Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund’s Next Stage Grant recipient North Circle Seeds is improving the local seed supply. By Jenny Heck If you thought we had some cold snaps in Minneapolis this season, picture yourself at North Circle Seeds farm in Detroit Lakes, about an hour west of Fargo in northern Minnesota. With temperatures…  Read More

Northwood Mushrooms fresh at market

Winter Mushrooms

Mill City Farmers Market vendor Northwood Mushrooms increases year-round mushroom production with innovative projects on the farm. By Amy Rea, Heavy Table contributor Jeremy McAdams has been cultivating mushrooms commercially since 2009 when his farm was in the backyard of his south Minneapolis home. Now he and his wife Aimee operate a more traditional farm…  Read More