Horners Corner Sugar Shack

Science from Sap to Syrup

April 9, 2019

  Surface tension, glaciation, barometric pressure, evapotranspiration and UV degradation aren’t necessarily terms you think of when talking about a Wisconsin family farm. But at a recent visit to Horner’s Corner maple syrup operation, Mill City Farmers Market staff learned all about the science going on in the maple woods this time of year. Stephen […]

Kim Featured Friend of the Market

Neighbor, photographer and rain-or-shine market shopper

March 20, 2019

  Featured Friend of the Market: Kim Eslinger You may recognize regular market shopper and Friend of the Market Kim Eslinger and her husband Dave Tinjum for the large cameras they usually have around their necks or from enviously gazing at their shopping basket full of a week’s worth of seasonal market groceries. Kim and […]

kiss my cabbage

From bumper crop to new business

March 7, 2019

  Kiss My Cabbage, one of Mill City Farmers Market’s long-time vendors, began in 2012 when Adrienne Logsdon was working at Burning River Farm. That season the farm produced an unexpected bumper crop of cabbage. Not one to let a good thing go to waste, she decided to make wild-fermented sauerkraut out of the surplus. […]

Shepherd's Way Cheese

A day in the life of a Minnesota cheesemaker

February 20, 2019

  Jodi Ohlsen Read has a short commute, but still a much longer day than most of us. Starting at 6 a.m., Jodi walks a few hundred feet from her farm house to her dairy where she is cheesemaker and owner of Shepherd’s Way Farm, along with her husband Steven. Jodi spends the day here, […]

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Vendor Spotlight: Sunshine Harvest Farm

January 23, 2019

Learn about Mill City Farmers Market’s long-time meat vendor Sunshine Harvest Farm is a 4th-generation family farm in Webster, Minnesota–about 40 miles south of Minneapolis. Owner Mike Braucher, his son Brandon, his brother Patrick and neighbor Sharron bring a variety of cuts of beef, bison, lamb, pork, chicken and eggs to our market year-round. The […]

Napa Cabbage Farm visit bean market

Farm Visit: Winter at Bean Market

December 21, 2018

  Were you as excited as we were to see Napa cabbage at our winter market on December 15?? Xai Lor and her husband Tongsee Xiong, owners of Bean Market farm, are known affectionately as the “farming wizards” at Mill City Farmers Market. Decades of farming experience in Laos and now Minnesota has given them the know-how […]

Why Buy Local Nistler Sign

Why Buy Local?

December 11, 2018

  We understand that shopping locally isn’t always the most convenient or the cheapest. However, when you buy locally grown vegetables, handmade bread and pasture-raised eggs, you are paying for the whole cost of the product. Local, sustainable farmers and makers don’t externalize the costs onto the environment, our community’s health or themselves. Shopping local also […]

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Best with Bread

December 5, 2018

  “Life is too short to eat bad bread.” That’s the slogan on the back of Jonathan Kaye’s t-shirt and his business motto. As the owner and lead baker of Heritage Breads artisan bakery they are truly words he, his staff and growing cult following of customers are living by. Heritage Breads makes a variety […]

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Your Ultimate Local Gift Guide

November 27, 2018

  Visit our Winter Market on December 1st, 8th and 15th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Mill City Museum for your holiday grocery AND gift shopping this year! Shopping local is not only a way to find high-quality food and unique presents for your loved ones, but it is also a way to […]

Salads WEI

6 Things You Need to Know About WEI

November 14, 2018

  This week on the blog, we’d like to highlight one of our few year-round, full-time farms: Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI). Located 60 miles north of Minneapolis in North Branch, WEI is not only a farm, but also a non-profit working for environmental, racial and food justice through organic farming and policy strategies. Here’s six more things […]

Mike with CSA boxes

What it means to be Certified Naturally Grown

November 13, 2018

  Mike Noreen, a 13-season veteran of the Mill City Farmers Market and owner of Burning River Farm, is no stranger to the question “Are these carrots organic?” In 2006, Mike chose to certify his farm, now located 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis in Frederic, Wisconsin, as Naturally Grown rather than USDA Organic. Many customers […]

Winter Squash

Everything You Need to Know About Winter Squash

November 7, 2018

  Winter squash is up there with pumpkin spice and sweater weather when it comes to the highlights of fall and winter. There are almost countless varieties of beautiful shapes and colors of these locally grown treasures, but such large and tough-skinned vegetables can also be intimidating. Let’s break down what you need to know […]

2018 gleaning team

Greens for Good

October 5, 2018

Gleaning at the Mill City Farmers Market Originally published in The Journal. “What exactly is gleaning?” is a question with which Nell Gehrke, of the Mill City Farmers Market’s Greens for Good program, starts many of her Saturdays. Her volunteers often guess that it means green cleaning or glamorous cleaning, a la “glamping,” but contrary […]

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The Great Minneapolis Baking Show

September 18, 2018

Originally published in The Downtown Journal. Regardless of your feelings for Netflix’s takeover of ‘The Great British Baking Show,’ the popular competition baking series formerly produced by PBS, you will love the Mill City Farmers Market’s upcoming Bread Festival this Saturday, September 22. The event, which is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the […]

taste Shahiya Chitney

Taste Shahiya

September 18, 2018

Originally published in The Downtown Journal. Shahiya Chutney is a Minneapolis-based company that blends powerful Ethiopian flavors to create an exceptionally unique hot sauce. Owners Zahra Ismael and her son Ibrahim Mohamed bring their family recipe to downtown Minneapolis for the Mill City Farmers Market every Saturday. Shahiya Chutney, like the market, is working to […]