Mission and Organization Mill City Farmers Market

Mission, Vision & History

Mill City Farmers Market

MISSION: To inspire and nurture a healthy community by building a local, sustainable and organic food economy in a vibrant experiential marketplace.

VISION: To be a nationally recognized marketplace model that connects, educates and empowers a community to support a healthy, sustainable food system to contribute to the success of local food growers and producers.

Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund

MISSION: To support a healthier community through partnerships, educational programming, and support for organic farmers and local food producers.

VISION: To grow a just, local, sustainable food system by sharing resources and collaborating with others for the health of our community.

Shared Values

Inclusion. We support access to healthy food for all residents of our community.

Stewardship. We nourish the health and integrity of land, animals and people.

Learning. We provide experiential opportunities that educate people about the quality, sourcing and true value of food.

Leadership. We strive to be a leading voice, innovator and public force for a healthy planet.

Partnership. We believe authentic, collaborative relationships are essential to achieving our vision.

Community. We promote a thriving and inclusive gathering place that celebrates our agricultural heritage in a national, historic landmark.

To learn more, read our most recent Report to the Community and our Sustainability Statement

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Mill City Farmers Market was founded in June of 2006 by Brenda Langton, whole foods educator, chef and owner of spoonriver restaurant, in collaboration with the Mill City Museum to promote “Healthy Foods, Local Farmers.”

Founding Partners

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  • John Crippen, Founding Mill City Museum Director
  • Alex Hoag, Founding Director
  • Marjorie Hegstrom, Founding Manager
  • Patsy Noble, Advisor


  • The Wedge Coop, seed money
  • Duffy & Partners, design and branding

Mill City Farmers Market is a 501(c)4 non-profit that seeks marketing sponsorships and funding from local businesses and corporations. In 2017 MCFM founded a 501(c)3, The MCFM Charitable Fund to fund and expand our educational programming, food access work and farmer and food maker grants. The Charitable Fund seeks funding through foundation grants and individual contributions.