Mission & Organization

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 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 funding from local businesses, corporations, and foundations. We also seek funding through grants and individual contributions. In 2017 MCFM founded a 501(c)3 Charitable Fund to expand the Market’s educational programming, farmer and food maker grants, and food access work. Click here to read more about the Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund.



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Brenda Langton, Founder brenda@millcityfarmersmarket.org

Martha at benefit

Martha Archer, Executive Director martha@millcityfarmersmarket.org








Mill City Farmers Market Board of Directors

  • Joe Dicker, Board Chair. Attorney
  • David Stevens, Mill City Museum
  • Laura Frerichs, Market Vendor: Loon Organics
  • Kathy Klink, Board Secretary. University of Minnesota, Faculty in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society
  • Kelly McManus, Market Vendor: Dumpling & Strand and Creative Director at McManus Creative
  • Mary Racciatti
  • Josh Resnik, The Wedge Community Coop, CEO
  • Anna Sawyer,  Board Treasurer. General Mills, Finance Manager
  • Jean Sazevich, Philanthropy Consultant

Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund Board of Directors

  • John Crippen
  • Joe Dicker, Attorney
  • Lucy Gerold
  • Shannon Hendericks
  • Emily Paul, Board Secretary. Programs Director at The Good Acre
  • Jean Sazevich, Board Chair. Philanthropy Consultant
  • Dale Woodbeck, General Manager of Lakewinds Food Co-op

Advisory Committees

The Market Board is aided by the following committees composed of market staff, vendors and community members:

Vendor Advisory Committee:

Food Application Review Committee:

  • Jenny Breen, Market Chef & Public Health Educator
  • Nettie Colón, Chef
  • Marjorie Hegstrom, Wedge Coop Board President & founding Market Director
  • Beth Jones, Chef
  • Chelsea Korth, Food Writer and Market Volunteer
  • Lara Miklasevics, Food Stylist
  • Elisa Lobo Neese, Cooking School Coordinator
  • Market Staff

Art Market Review Committee

  • Mary Kay Baumann, Hopkins/Baumann Editorial Design
  • Katie Covey, Weisman Art Museum
  • Josie Keifenheim, Mpls College of Art and Design
  • Kay McGuire, Director of Retail and Merchandising at Guthrie Theater
  • Market Staff