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2023 Next Stage Grant Awards

Congratulations to Mill City Farmers Market’s 2023 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. This year we awarded 14 grants totaling $​​79,790 to support local farmers and food…  Read More

2022 Next Stage Grant Awards

Congratulations to Mill City Farmers Market’s 2022 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 2022 we awarded 10 grants totaling $63,626 to support local farmers and other vendors…  Read More

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 & Maker Grants

Next Stage Grant Program Next Stage Grant Applications are now open for the 2024 grant cycle! Scroll down and click on the “Next Stage Grant” dropdown to learn more and apply. Questions? Join us at The Good Acre on Thursday, February 22nd at 4pm to choose your project and work on your application. Hmong translation…

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

10,000 Reasons Why: A Letter from our Executive Director

By Ella Daniels, Executive Director, Mill City Farmers Market & Charitable Fund Did you know that the Mill City Farmers Market set a new record for attendance with over 10,000 visitors in one day at its peak last summer?  Each day since I began my role in January I’ve learned a new reason to be…  Read More

National Farmers Market Week

It’s National Farmers Market Week! Every August around the country we celebrate Farmers Market Week, and this year’s theme is farmers markets don’t just happen. Farmers markets are abundant sources of food, connection and resilience in our communities, but they don’t just happen on their own. Behind the scenes of every successful farmers market is…  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, Mhonpaj’s Garden. By Mecca Bos After her…  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