Enjoying Grazefest at Mill City Farmers Market

By Sarah Johnson, Simple Good and Tasty

June 9, 2011

Nestled between the theatrical masterpiece designed by famed architect Jean Nouvel and a museum built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill resides the Mill City Farmer’s Market, offering Twin Citians the opportunity to connect with and support local vendors each Saturday. Running from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 15, this vibrant gathering place features more than 60 vendors selling everything from vegetarian curry dishes to native woodland plants.

I visited on Saturday, June 4 to experience the sights and sounds of Grazefest, their third annual event with the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFA-MN) dedicated in part to educating visitors on the benefits of grass-fed, pasture-based meat. I learned how this method results in food that is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E than commercially produced grain-fed beef, doesn’t rely as heavily on fossil fuels, and incorporates a more humane practice of farming than traditional methods.

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