This Week: #FeedTheCarrot, Cauliflower, Cucumbers…and More!

 

FeedtheCarrot

#FeedTheCarrot

Feed the carrot box, post a photo, sustain the market!

 

This past June turned out to be one of the wettest on record, and all those rain clouds and wet fields made for slow produce. Every week in July, however, a few more fruits and vegetables show up, including gorgeous purple onions, dark leafy greens, and piles upon piles of bright orange carrots!

 

This bounty, available at the Midtown Farmers Market every week, is accomplished with the help of many vendors, farmers, volunteers, and staff members. The market’s success depends on our supporters; farmers, vendors and shoppers. But there is a way that you can help support the market directly. This Saturday, remember to help sustain the market by “Feeding the Carrot”: Place cash donations in the carrot box at the market entrance or at the green market information tent. 

 

Vendor fees pay for less than one-half of the operating costs of keeping our market running. Passing on the full cost of the market operations to our vendors would cause the prices to rise and be passed on to customers. But shoppers at the market can offset this cost. Keeping the market as affordable, reasonable, and diverse as possible.

 

Share your support of the Midtown Farmers Market on social media by tagging your posts and photos with #FeedTheCarrot


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This Week at the Market:

Saturday, July 12th & Tuesday, July 15th

 

What’s Available?

 

This Saturday find:

~Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, onions, radishes, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, turnips, herbs, flowers, bedding plants, 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, tacos, omelets, kabobs, tamales, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, sambusas, boiled peanuts, popsicles, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and other refreshments

~Handmade jewelry, soaps, apothecary products, laser art, photography and re-purposed leather products

This Tuesday find:

~Raspberries, blueberries, lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, kohlrabi, green, red and white onions, radishes, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, turnips, herbs, seedlings, bedding plants, grass fed beef, pasture raised pork, free range eggs, maple syrup, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, kettle corn, popsicles and bubble tea

~Henna body art

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Community Tables:

Master Gardeners

East Lake Library

Anti-War Committee

MNSure

OxFam International

Science in Your Backyard

Market Entertainment:

9:00 am-11:00 am Lake Street Ramblers

11:00 am-1:00 pm David Grams

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Attend a Volunteer Orientation Saturday!

The Midtown Farmers Market depends on volunteers to keep the market running smoothly from week to week. Volunteers play a vital role supporting waste-reduction on market days, planning events, surveying customers and assisting with fundraising. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the market, attend a volunteer orientation on July 19th!  The brief orientation will take place at the market at 10:30 am and will give volunteers the opportunity to meet the market staff, other volunteers, learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to perform specific tasks at the market.

 

If interested in attending the training, please sign up here or contact Elena at outreach@midtownfarmersmarket.org.

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Find Waldo, Win Prizes!

Where’s Waldo? He’s hiding at the Farmers Market!

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting the market and twenty-five other local businesses throughout our South Minneapolis community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more! 

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in South Minneapolis!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Passports are available at Moon Palace Books and the Midtown Farmers Market. 

The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Moon Palace Books to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 31st. Find a full list of participating businesses here

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Thank you to Saturday’s Sponsor:

 

Action Auto Systems


Berries Galore and More!

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This Week at the Market:

Saturday, July 12th & Tuesday, July 15th

This Saturday find:

~Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, kohlrabi, onions, radishes, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, turnips, herbs, flowers, bedding plants, 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, tacos, omelets, kabobs, tamales, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, sambusas, boiled peanuts, popsicles, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and other refreshments

~Handmade jewelry, soaps, apothecary products, laser art, photography, furniture and lamps and re-purposed leather products

 

This Tuesday find:

 ~Black raspberries, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, kohlrabi, green, red and white onions, radishes, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, turnips, herbs, seedlings, bedding plants, pasture raised pork, free range eggs, maple syrup, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, kettle corn, popsicles and bubble tea

~Henna body art

Second Saturday Family Activity

What does a bucket have to do with the Midtown Farmers Market?  As you explore the Market for fresh fruit, veggies, cheese, butter, breakfast, baked goods, and handmade things – notice all the buckets and what they’re being used for.  Before, or after, doing that – stop by the Second Saturday tent to share your discoveries and decorate your own Market Bucket.  What will You use your bucket for?  A shopping basket? Compost?  A hat?!  Join in!  Everyone welcome!

Many thanks to Ingebretsen’s Meat Market for contributing the lingonberry buckets.

 

Children’s Author Readings and Books Signing

Children’s Author Mike Huber will be hosted at the market on Saturday by Moon Palace Books. Mike is currently an early childhood teacher at Seward Child Care Center in Minneapolis, has worked as a consultant and trainer for the Minnesota Department of Education, the Child Care Resource and Referral Network, and the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children, and has written numerous songs, stories, and puppet shows for children. Stop by Moon Palace Book’s tent for stories and activities! 

Community Tables:

Master Gardeners

Open Cities Health Center

People’s Center Health Services

CEE

Moon Palace Books 

Market Entertainment:

9:00 am-11:00 am Lake Street Bridge

11:00 am-1:00 pm Fiddles on Fire

Thanks for “Stepping Up,” donors!

 Last week, Memorial Blood Centers brought the blood mobile to the Midtown Farmers Market. Many customers decided to donate on-the-spot, while others came specifically intending to give blood. Either way, a huge “thank you” is in order for those who donated to Memorial Blood Centers. If you didn’t have a chance to donate last week, don’t worry! The blood mobile will be back at the market Saturday, August 30th.

Attend a Volunteer Orientation on July 19th

The Midtown Farmers Market depends on volunteers to keep the market running smoothly from week to week. Volunteers play a vital role supporting waste-reduction on market days, planning events, surveying customers and assisting with fundraising. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the market, attend a volunteer orientation on July 19th! The brief orientation will take place at the market at 10:30 am and will give volunteers the opportunity to meet the market staff, other volunteers, learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to perform specific tasks at the market.

 

If interested in attending the training, please sign up here or contact Elena at outreach@midtownfarmersmarket.org.

Find Waldo, Win Prizes!

                      Where’s Waldo? He’s hiding at the Farmers Market!

 

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting the market and twenty-five other local businesses throughout our South Minneapolis community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more! 

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in South Minneapolis!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Passports are available at Moon Palace Books and the Midtown Farmers Market.

The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Moon Palace Books to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 31st. Find a full list of participating businesses here.


This week: Happy 4th of July, Where’s Waldo? And more!

 

Red, White, and Blue at the Market    

Celebrate Independence Day weekend with  family and friends at the Midtown Farmers Market! Market stalls will be filled with colorful produce on Saturday: Zucchini, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, and kohlrabi are making an appearance next to ruby-red strawberries, white and red onions, and purple potatoes. Arrive early enough and you might even spot black raspberries! Pick and choose colors for a patriotic palate, or simply fill your bag with whatever looks good.

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Find Waldo, Win Prizes!

Where’s Waldo? He’s hiding at the Farmers Market!

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting the market and twenty-five other local businesses throughout our South Minneapolis community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more! 

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in South Minneapolis!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Passports are available at Moon Palace Books and the Midtown Farmers Market.

The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Moon Palace Books to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 31st. Find a full list of participating businesses here.

 

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This Week at the Market: 

Saturday, July 5th & Tuesday, July 8th 

What’s Available?

This Saturday find:

~Black raspberries, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, kohlrabi, green, red and white onions, radishes, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, turnips, herbs, seedlings, bedding plants, 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, tacos, omelets, kabobs, tamales, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, sambusas, coffee and mango lassis.

~Handmade jewelry, soaps, apothecary products, handmade clothing and aprons, furniture and lamps, tie-dyed and batik t-shirts and re-purposed leather products

 

This Tuesday find:

~Black raspberries, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, kohlrabi, green, red and white onions, radishes, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, turnips, herbs, seedlings, bedding plants, pasture raised pork, free range eggs, maple syrup, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, kettle corn and bubble tea.

 

Community Tables: 

Master Gardeners

 

Market Entertainment:

9:00 am-11:00 am Jugsluggers

11:00 am-1:00 pm Black Bird Presents

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Market Recipe:

Tarragon Lemon Summer Squash Soup

 

Photo and recipe from  http://food52.com/

Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow squash
  • 2 green onions (scallions), light green and white parts, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
  • 1garlic clove, finely minced
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • Juice of 1/2 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • Tarragon, snipped chives, shredded Parmesan cheese, and croutons, for garnish (optional)
 

 Preparation 

  1. In a soup pot, sauté the squash and onion in the butter and olive oil until onion is tender, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic in the last minute or so.
  2. Season with black pepper to taste, add the tarragon, then pour in the chicken broth and lemon juice and stir.
  3. Cover and bring to a simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until the squash is tender all the way through.
  4. Remove from heat and add the milk or cream.
  5. Purée about half the soup with whatever device you have, then return to pot.
  6. Serve immediately, and garnish with additional tarragon, chives, shredded Parmesan cheese, and croutons, if you like.

 

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Story Time, Spinach, Samosas…and more!

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All 3 photos with people © Paul Matzner

Stories with the Rainbow Lady

Moon Palace Books hosting storyteller at Saturday’s market! 

Gather this Saturday at the Midtown Farmers Market for story time with Vickijoan the Rainbow Lady! Vickijoan Keck is a flamboyant storyteller, actress and poet who especially enjoys telling folktales and whimsical rhymes by the likes of Edward Lear, A.A. Milne and Ogden Nash.  She enjoys telling personal stories as well as putting a new twist on an old tale. Her stories have been heard on Mn Public Radio’s “In the Loop” and seen on the Mpls Television Network (MTN). She is a longtime member and former president  of  Northstar Storytelling League, now known as Story Arts MN.

 

Grab a chair in the customer seating area at 8:50 am and 10:50 am for entertaining stories with Vickijoan. Be sure to stick around for two excellent bands in the morning and afternoon: Roe Family Singers and Heart of a Tinman will be performing!

 

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This Week at the Market: 

Saturday, June 28th & Tuesday, July 1st

 

What’s Available?

 This Saturday find:

~Strawberries, asparagus, spinach, kale, collards, chard, green onions, radishes, beans, peas, bok choy, rhubarb, seedlings, bedding plants, 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, tacos, omelets, kabobs, tamales, burgers, pork chops, sambusas, coffee and mango lassis

~Handmade jewelry and glass art, soaps, apothecary products, handmade clothing and aprons, tie-dyed and batik t-shirts, furniture, lamps and laser art

This Tuesday find: ~Strawberries, asparagus, green onions, radishes, bok choy, spinach, collards, kale, rhubarb, seedlings, bedding plants, pasture raised pork, free range eggs, maple syrup, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, kettle corn and bubble tea

Community Tables:

Master Gardeners

Open Cities Health Center

Science in Your Backyard

 

Market Entertainment:

8:50 am – 9:05 am Storyteller Vickijoan the Rainbow Lady

9:00 am-10:50 am Roe Family Singers 

10:50 am-11:05 am Storyteller Vickijoan the Rainbow Lady

11:00 am-1:00 pm Heart of a Tinman

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African American Heritage Day, Strawberries, Seedlings…and More!

African American Heritage Day

Celebrate this Saturday at the market!

Please join us as we celebrate African American culture in Minneapolis through music, food, history and learning about groups working in the community. The day will feature:

-A cooking demo with reigning Corcoran Neighborhood board member and Soup Cook-off Champion William Carlisle

-Music and entertainment from the poetry/jazz ensemble Ancestor  Energy and blues guitarist Lonnie “The L Train” Farrow

-The history of the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, one of the oldest integrated cemeteries  in the U.S. and the burial site of many of Minneapolis’ early African-American residents. Tours of the cemetery will be held at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

-Community organizations, including Oak Park Community Center and Project Sweetie Pie.

-A cooking demo with reigning Corcoran Neighborhood Soup Cook-off Champion and board member William Carlisle

-Music and entertainment from the poetry/jazz ensemble Ancestor  Energy and blues guitarist Lonnie “The L Train” Farrow

-The history of the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, one of the oldest integrated cemeteries  in the U.S. and the burial site of many of Minneapolis’ early African-American residents. Tours of the cemetery will be held at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

-Community organizations, including Oak Park Community Center and Project Sweetie Pie.

This Week at the Market: 

Saturday, June 21st & Tuesday, June 24th

 

What’s Available?

 

This Saturday find:

~Strawberries, asparagus, spinach, green onions, radishes, bok choy, kale, rhubarb, seedlings, bedding plants, free range chicken and eggs, pasture raised pork and lamb, cheese, butter, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, nut butters, jellies and jams, bbq sauce, kimchi, sauerkraut and other fermented products, canned goods, granola, artisan breads, baked goods, tacos, omelets, kabobs, tamales, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, sambusas, coffee and mango lassis

~Photography, handmade jewelry and glass art, soaps, apothecary products, handmade clothing and aprons, tie-dyed and batik t-shirts

This Tuesday find:

~Strawberries, asparagus, green onions, radishes, bok choy, kale, rhubarb, seedlings, bedding plants, pasture raised pork, free range eggs, artisan breads, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, kettle corn and bubble tea

Volunteer at the Market!

The Midtown Farmers Market depends on volunteers to keep the market running smoothly from week to week. Volunteers play a vital role supporting waste-reduction on market days, planning events, surveying customers and assisting with fundraising. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the market sign up by clicking here! Below is a list of our most common volunteer needs. Check out the volunteer webpage for a full list of needs.

Set-up Crew: 6:00 am-8:00 am:

-Set up tents, tables, chairs, and signs

-Help musicians set up

-Update chalkboards

-Best for: Early birds who love a good sunrise workout!

Take-down the market: 12:45 pm-2:00 pm

-Put away tents, tables, chairs and other market supplies

-Take out compost recycling, trash and clean-up the market site

-Best for: Physically active people who can lift tables and stack chairs.

Compost Monitor: 8:00 am-10:30 am OR 10:30 am-1:00 pm

-Educate market patrons about composting and recycling waste

-Direct waste to correct bins

-Best for: Friendly folks who are excited about zero waste!

Thank you to Saturday’s Sponsor, Hennepin County!