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


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

Prairie Hollow

Help Us Replace Our Farmers’ Vans

Our farmers need your help. Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) and Prairie Hollow Farm totaled their market vans commuting from the market this year–Prairie Hollow in a March snow storm and WEI after hitting a deer in an early morning drive to market in May. While the drivers are recovering, both their vehicles will not and…  Read More

One Way You Can Support Mill City Farmers Market

As the market has started to open up again, many of you have asked, “What can I do to support the market?” Mill City Farmers Market’s Executive Director Martha Archer shares updates on the impact of our Charitable Fund and how you can support our work in this letter to the market community. Last Saturday…  Read More

Visit to Shepherd’s Way Farms

Photographer and Mill City Farmers Market regular shopper Iglika Petrova takes a visit to Shepherd’s Way Farms in Nerstrand, MN to capture the story behind Jodi and Steven’s award-winning sheep milk cheese–complete with her recipe for Bacon, Poached Egg, Asparagus and Morcella Cheese Toast. By Iglika Petrova It takes a special person to be a…  Read More

Lee Vang Double Dog Kombucha 2021

Double Dog Kombucha: A journey from tragedy to self-discovery

The powerful story behind Mill City Farmers Market’s vendor Double Dog Kombucha and owner Lee Vang’s journey from tragedy to self-discovery, with two rat terriers leading the way to clarity. By Mecca Bos When Lee Vang adopted his Rat Terrier Mac, he was very close to the bottom of despair. His childhood, he says, was…  Read More

Holistic Health Farm

A Visit to Holisitic Health Farms

Mill City Farmers Market vendor Tim Page shares the inspiration behind his urban farm and greenhouse Holistic Health Farms and his passion for education and community. by J. Annie Wang Tim Page’s Holistic Health Farms sits on a double-wide city lot, hidden behind a Saint Paul house. The clover lawn and raised vegetable beds can…  Read More

North Circle Seeds

Organic and Culturally Appropriate Seed Production in Minnesota

How Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund’s Next Stage Grant recipient North Circle Seeds is improving the local seed supply. By Jenny Heck If you thought we had some cold snaps in Minneapolis this season, picture yourself at North Circle Seeds farm in Detroit Lakes, about an hour west of Fargo in northern Minnesota. With temperatures…  Read More