Greens for Good is Mill City Farmers Market’s food donation, or “gleaning”, program. Gleaning is going over a field or area that has just been harvested and gathering any usable parts of the crop that remain. We do this at the Market, too.
Mill City Farmers Market has been working with Campus Kitchen since 2013, collecting excess produce from farmers at the end of the market. Farmers give fruits and vegetables that didn’t sell, seconds, CSA boxes that didn’t get picked up, produce that won’t survive the drive home, or for any number of other reasons.
Each year, volunteers collect over 5,000 pounds of Mill City Farmers Market produce that they bring and giveaway at a pop-up “market” for seniors in low-income housing in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Any leftover produce is used in Campus Kitchen’s Sunday night cooking class where they teach TRiO students (low income/first generation college students) how to prepare healthy and delicious dishes using the fresh veggies. Those meals are then served at the Brian Coyle Center in their free lunch program to seniors or to a youth shelter.
Thank you so much for all the support you have offered! The free veggie give away, cooking class, and the prepared veggie dishes have been a success and an asset to this community.
–2014 Program Coordinator Brittney Westgard
Volunteers from Campus Kitchen collecting produce from farmers after the market.
The pop-up “market” where volunteers give produce to low-income seniors and families on Saturday afternoons.
The Success of this program and Mill City Farmers Market’s educational programming, farmer and food maker grants, and other food access work since 2006 inspired the creation of a new Charitable Fund in 2017. While the Market has been funded by sponsorships and individual donations, this new fund will allow the organization to expand the scope, reach and sustainability of its educational and charitable activities.
Our new Charitable Fund supports a healthier community through educational and food access programs, partnerships, and grants for local, sustainable farmers and food makers. Launched as an extension of the successful Mill City Farmers Market, the Charitable Fund shares resources and collaborates with partners to improve community health and well-being.
Ways to Invest
- Become a Friend of the Market. Support the Market’s educational programming, enjoy members-only events and monthly newsletters, and receive exclusive weekly member specials from the market and our vendors.
- Sponsorships and grants. Support our educational and food access programming or contribute to our grant program.
- Attend the Harvest Social, our annual fundraiser dinner.
Click here to learn more about the Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund.
Greens for Good is sponsored by Delta Dental, Committed to improving health, oral health and access for all Minnesotans.