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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

2021 Season Recap

Learn about our impact of our food access programs, farmer grants and support of the local food economy with a message from our executive director and a recap of our 2021 Charitable Fund work. Click here to view this document as a pdf.

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The 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2021

Mill City Farmers Market is here to inspire nutritious, local recipes all year! In our weekly email newsletter, we feature recipes from market chefs, MCFM vendors and local cookbook authors featuring seasonal items from the market. Take a look at the 10 most popular recipes of 2021 and get ready to save and bookmark your…  Read More

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Local Floral Wreaths from Green Light Farm

Mill City Farmers Market vendor and owner of Green Light Farm Maggie Sheehan shows us around her farm and shares the zero waste story behind her gorgeous dried floral wreaths. By Jenny Heck Dried flowers are having a moment right now. For Maggie Sheehan, Mill City Farmers Market vendor and owner of Green Light Farm,…  Read More

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Taking Action for Nature and Climate Change

In the fourth and final installment of our Regenerative Farming & the Environment series with our sponsors The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Climate Policy Manager Sachi Graber discusses nature-based solutions for climate change in Minnesota. The local TNC chapter is headquartered just two blocks from the market and works to conserve…  Read More

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Solar-Powered Greenhouse Growing Your Winter Veggies

Mill City Farmers Market vendor Prairie Hollow Farm shifts focus from summer to winter with deep winter greenhouse production for their winter CSA share. By Jenny Heck When farmers market scenery shifts to pumpkins, flannel jackets and dogs in Halloween costumes, many farmers take these cues as time to put their fields to rest and…  Read More

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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

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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

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Regenerative Farming and the Environment

In part 1 of 4 in our Regenerative Farming & the Environment series with our sponsors The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, our Executive Director Martha Archer joins Ann Mulholland, the chapter director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota for a introduction to the work they’re doing to support sustainable…  Read More