The 2014 market season proved to be a very successful one, with the market breaking ground and setting records in a number of areas. New and longstanding vendors offered a wide variety of products to customers once again, from fresh fruits and veggies to tacos and omelets and kimchi and sauerkraut to jewelry and handmade soaps. Over 70 volunteers and entertainers put in a total of nearly 750 hours to make the market a vibrant and exciting place to visit and the market hosted 55 community organizations and non-profits throughout the season. Midtown also held a number of new themed market days for 2014, including Youth Leadership Day, African American Heritage Day and a Festival del Maíz.
Attendance for the 2014 season reached a record high, at 62,216 customers, compared to 50,970 in 2013 and 55,025 in 2012.
The market also saw record highs in token sales for both credit card and SNAP/EBT tokens with $55,970 and $20,142 tokens being distributed to customers, respectively.
During the season Midtown was extremely successful with its Compost and Recycling Program, in which we were able to compost an estimated 6,196 pounds of waste, recycle another 751 pounds and only produced 462 pounds of trash that could not be composted or recycled. That equates to an estimated diversion rate of 94% of waste that was produced as a result of market activities that was not sent to a landfill! We would like to thank our vendors for making the changes to necessary for the program to be a success and our customers for their awareness and support.
Lastly, the market rolled out a new Market Day Donation Program for 2014, #FeedTheCarrot, through which we were able to raise over $700 during the course of three market days with the help of our wonderful Advisory Committee.
If you love and support the Midtown Farmers Market for any or all of the work we’ve done in 2014, please consider making a final holiday donation to the market to help us finish off the year strong. Donations can be mailed to the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization at 3451 Cedar Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55407 and designated them to the Midtown Farmers Market.
Thank you for a wonderful 2014 season and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2015!
Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you to all of the market supporters who made donations yesterday for Give to the Max Day 2014! Give to the Max Day is officially over, but it’s not too late to donate if you didn’t have time or where unable to get online yesterday.
Although we weren’t able to reach our $3,000 goal for the day, we’re over half of the way there and with your help we can still make it! Donations can made by clicking here or by visiting givemn.org and searching for the Midtown Farmers Market. Thank you all for supporting the Midtown Farmers Market!
Get Involved, Join the Midtown Farmers Market Advisory Committee
Are you interested in volunteering and becoming more involved with the Midtown Farmers Market? If so, the market is currently looking for passionate individuals who are interested in helping the market with event planning, communications, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and on-site market day support. Please contact market manager, Miguel Goebel by e-mail, email@example.com, or by calling 612-724-7457 for more information and additional informational materials about the Midtown Farmers Market Advisory Committee.
Today is Give to the Max Day 2014!
Today is Give to the Max Day 2014 and the market needs your support! We hope we’ve already given you plenty of great reasons to support the Midtown Farmers Market, and today is the day for you to show you care. If you love local foods, building community and supporting local farmers, food producers, artisans, musicians and community groups, then please support the market on this very important day!
Help us reach our goal of raising $3,000 today and share on Facebook and Twitter to encourage family and friends to pitch in as well! The market would not be possible without the support of all of the community members and partner organizations that are involved in the market each year. Donations can made by clicking here or by visiting givemn.org and searching for the Midtown Farmers Market. Thank you all for supporting the Midtown Farmers Market and making it such a wonderful community gathering space in South Minneapolis!
Give to the Max Day 2014: Tomorrow, November 13th!
Give to the Max Day 2014 is less than 24 hours away, and we realize with so many great causes to support, that deciding which organizations you would like your hard earned dollars to go to can be a tough decision. So let us try and help!
The 2014 Midtown Farmers Market season was a great success and we even set some new records. Over 62,000 customers visited the market this season and we we’re able to distribute $20,142 in SNAP/EBT tokens and $9,493 in Market Bucksto be used at the market to purchase fresh, local foods! The market also held a number great themed market days like Youth Leadership Day and the Festival del Maiz, hosted a wide range of community organizations and created a great community gathering place for residents to enjoy some live music and chat with neighbors. With your support, we’ll make the 2015 season even better!
Each year vendor fees cover less than half of the market’s operating budget and we rely on community partners and individuals to help make up the rest. Every dollar helps the market continue to do our work in the community and our ability to offer fresh, local produce to our neighbors. If you haven’t already, please share why you love the Midtown Farmers Market on our Facebook and Twitter pages, show your support by Giving to the Max for the Midtown Farmers Market tomorrow and encourage family and friends to do the same! Donations can made by clicking here or by visiting givemn.org and searching for the Midtown Farmers Market.
Get Involved, join the Midtown Farmers Market Advisory Committee
Are you interested in volunteering and becoming more involved with the Midtown Farmers Market? If so, the market is currently looking for passionate individuals who are interested in helping the market with event planning, communications, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and on-site market day support. Please contact market manager, Miguel Goebel by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 612-724-7457 for more information and additional informational material about the Midtown Farmers Market Advisory Committee.
Final Markets of the Season!
It seems like it was just last week that we were preparing to launch our first market of the season in the first week of May, but somehow we now find ourselves preparing for the final two markets of the season! October 25th is our final Saturday market, and the following Tuesday our official final market of the season. Join us during one or both of these days to celebrate what an incredible season it’s been! Let’s share memories and highlights, and make sure our Midtown Farmers Market goes out with a bang!
This Saturday find:
~Apples, tomatoes, pumpkins, peppers, dried chiles, eggplant, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips, beans, bok choy, potatoes, winter squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, grass-fed beef, free range chicken and eggs, pasture raised pork and lamb, cheese, butter, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, nut butters, jellies and jams, kimchi, sauerkraut and other fermented products, canned goods, granola, baked goods, wood-fired pizzas, omelets, kabobs, tamales, tacos, coffee, hot apple cider, fresh pressed juices and other refreshments
~Handmade jewelry and clothing
This Tuesday find:
~Apples, tomatoes, pumpkins, peppers, dried chiles, eggplant, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips, beans, bok choy, potatoes, winter squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, honey, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs
This week at the Market:
Saturday, October 25th
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Alma Andina
11:00 – 1:00 pm: String Alliteration
Thank you to our Tuesday market