Welcome Back, Goldfinch Flower Farm

This is the beautiful story of how Bryan Gjevre and Harold Wilkins brought their passion for flowers to the Mill City Farmers Market. We are so happy to welcome Goldfinch Flower Farm back to the Market for the 2023 season. Words and images by Iglika Petrova (a devoted Mill City Farmers Market shopper), @iglikapetrova There…  Read More

Unlocking New Flavors with Serious Jam

Mill City Farmers Market vendor Heidi Skoog of Serious Jam tells us all about her unexpected journey into fruit preservation, the art of traditional jam-making and the importance of cooking and eating local food. By Alia Jeraj, @aliaxgrace In 2011 Heidi Skoog and her husband went strawberry picking — because that’s what you do in…  Read More

2023 Guide to CSAs at the Market

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it is a way for community members and consumers (like you!) to support small, local and sustainable farmers and food producers by committing to buying from them for a season. Many CSAs are the length of the growing season here in Minnesota, while others go year-round. In other…  Read More

2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift of local food and art with gifts from Mill City Farmers Market this holiday season. We’ve rounded up one-of-a-kind, sustainably sourced and handmade items from our winter vendors to make this Saturday a one-stop-shop for everyone on your list. All vendors on this list will be at the market on December 17th…  Read More

Sweet Corn Update Mill City Farmers Market

What’s Happening with the 2022 Sweet Corn Season?

Now more than ever, small market farmers are being forced to quickly pivot and “expect the unexpected” when it comes to weather, labor, supply chains and the many other factors that affect their products. We talked to 3 of our sweet corn farmers about what went into Minnesota’s iconic farmers market crop (or lack thereof)…  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

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

TonzKitchen Mill City Farmers Market

Pandemic Startups at Mill City Farmers Market

In 2022, Mill City Farmers Market welcomes a record number of new vendors, many of them founding their businesses during the pandemic as owners experienced layoffs in the food industry or chose to switch careers as part of the great resignation. Meet three of these entrepreneurs in our latest blog article from food writer Mecca…  Read More

Pure ginger for You 2022

Pure Ginger for You: A pandemic start-up with a mission to heal

Mill City Farmers Market vendor Pure Ginger for You shares their journey into business tied with Beau’s immigration story, health changes and a calling to serve the community through the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Jenny Heck “Back in Liberia, ginger was my mother’s pharmacy. We made ginger tea and beer almost every week. The benefits were…  Read More

Cafe Palmira Carlos with bags

From Guatemala to Minnesota: Cafe Palmira’s family farmed coffee

Mill City Farmers Market vendor Carlos Palacios, owner of Cafe Palmira, shares the story behind his 4th-generation family coffee farm and the changes and challenges facing the industry. By Victoria Blanco When the pandemic hit, Carlos Palacios, owner of Cafe Palmira, stayed connected with clients the way he has for the past fourteen years: by…  Read More