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6 Things You Need to Know About WEI

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 you…  Read More

What it means to be Certified Naturally Grown

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 believe…  Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Winter Squash

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 about…  Read More

Greens for Good

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…  Read More

Shahiya turmeric lamb merguez kebab

Taste Shahiya

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…  Read More

The Great Minneapolis Baking Show

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…  Read More

Mhonpaj’s Garden: Inspiring Organic Gardening

Mhonpaj’s Garden is a long-time vendor at the Mill City Farmers Market. This certified-organic farm is owned by mother-daughter duo May and Mhonpaj Lee. They grow a variety of vegetables using organic practices for pest and weed management as well as practicing soil conservation, sustainable water usage and the many other things encompassed in USDA…  Read More

10 Secrets of the Market from Founder Brenda Langton

The Mill City Farmers Market is in full swing–both the Saturday Market and our new Tuesday Night Market are open and full of luscious local food. Earlier this month I sat down with Brenda Langton, founder of the Mill City Farmers Market, to get her inside scoop on the market’s 120+ farmers, food makers and…  Read More

Fiddlehead Ferns

We all know farmers markets are a great place to shop for pasture-raised eggs, fresh lettuce and local cheeses, but they are also a great place to discover new vegetables like fiddlehead ferns. Fiddlehead ferns are the rolled up new leaf from certain edible fern plants, often ostrich ferns. They are crisp, and their flavor…  Read More

New season, new vendors

April 27th, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Get ready for the outdoor season at Mill City Farmers Market-opening Saturday, May 5th! Minneapolis, Minn.–On Saturday, May 5th Mill City Farmers Market (MCFM) opens for its 13th season. Grab your favorite tote bag and your grocery list and get ready to shop the market’s curated assortment of over…  Read More