This week: Native American Day Celebration at the Market!

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This Saturday is going to be one of the most exciting and fun markets of the year – it’s the Native American Day Celebration at the Midtown Farmers Market! In addition to the usual market goodies and activities, there will be a health and resource fair, cultural activities, exhibition dancing, children’s activities, food demos, along with bicycle safety checks and t-shirts while supplies last. There will also be a book signing by Heid E. Erdich. author of “Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest”!
Make sure you stop by the market this Saturday, you won’t want to miss this!

Check out the Facebook event here.

What’s Available?

This Saturday find:
~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, bok choy, potatoes, winter squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, flowers, 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, omelets, kabobs, tamales, tacos, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and other refreshments

~Handmade jewelry, soaps and apothecary products

This Tuesday find:
~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, bok choy, potatoes, cucumbers, okra, herbs, free range chicken, pasture raised pork, maple syrup, honey, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, kettle corn and bubble tea
~Handmade jewelry and clothing

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This week: Beets, pears, pizza and more!


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It’s hard to believe that it’s already midway through September and there are only eleven markets left! There are still quite a few events planned for this month and next, and there is still lots of great produce in season so make sure that you and your family come to the market this Saturday and throughout September and October. Shop, sample the Midtown Flavors recipe, talk to community tables, grab breakfast and listen to our great market music. Bring your neighbors too!

Market shoppers are also in for a special musical treat this Saturday morning, when Accordo, recently named “Best Chamber Ensemble” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune will preview their 2014-15 concert series the Midtown Farmers Market. Accordo is composed of Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra principal string players Rebecca Albers, Ruggero Allifranchini, Steven Copes, Erin Keefe, Kyu-Young Kim, Maiya Papach and Anthony Ross; and former SPCO principal cellist Ronald Thomas.
Accordo is presented by The Schubert Club and Kate Nordstrum Projects at the National Historic Landmark Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Ave S

What’s Available?

This Saturday find:
~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, winter squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, flowers, 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, omelets, kabobs, tamales, tacos, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, wood-fired pizzas, boiled, peanuts, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and other refreshments

~Handmade furniture, jewelry and clothing, soaps, apothecary products and photography

This Tuesday find:
~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, free range chicken, pasture raised pork, maple syrup, honey, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, wood-fired pizzas, kettle corn and bubble tea
~Handmade jewelry and clothing

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This Week at the Market:

Saturday, September 20th

Community Tables:

Open Arms
Midwest Food Connection
East Lake Library
Moon Palace Books

Market Entertainment:

9:00 am-10:30 am: Dick Bruesehoff
10:30 am-11:00 am: Accordo
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Matt Yetter

Midtown Flavors:

Stop by the Midtown Flavors cooking demo booth to try this week’s one pot recipe, Chili Mac n’ Cheese.

Tuesday, September 23rd

Community Tables:

MN Sure
Waite House
Minneapolis Community Education
League of Women Voters

Next Saturday, September 27th

Next Saturday, September 27th is the Native American Day Celebration at the Midtown Farmers Market! There will be a health and resource fair, cultural activities, exhibition dancing, food demos and more! Check out the Facebook event here.

 

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Thank You to this Tuesday’s Sponsor:
Christ Church Lutheran

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Volunteer Opportunities with the Midtown Farmers Market!

Do you love the Midtown Farmers Market? Did you know that the Midtown Farmers Market relies on volunteers to help it run smoothly every week? We do! Volunteers are needed every week to fill many different roles, from compost monitors, to dancing around and wearing a carrot costume, to volunteering with events! If you are interested in learning about being a volunteer, stop by the market information booth this Saturday or Tuesday and meet market staff and learn about how YOU can best support the market! Sign up here, or by emailing outreach@midtownfarmersmarket.org.

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Midtown Flavors Market Recipe:

One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

As summer winds down into fall, soups for cool days start to become very appealing. This one-pot recipe from the blog damndelicious.net is an easy, satisfying recipe made with pantry staples and can be on the table in 30 minutes and will serve 4. You can dress it up with cornbread or chips and add any other favorite market vegetables such as fresh tomatoes and peppers.

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INGREDIENTS

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1 onion, diced
* 8 ounces ground beef
* 4 cups chicken broth
* 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
* 3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
* 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
* 2 teaspoons chili powder
* 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
* 10 ounces elbows pasta
* 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
INSTRUCTIONS

* Heat olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add garlic,
onion and ground beef, and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to
crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
* Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and
pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat
and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes.
* Remove from heat. Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
* Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired


This Week: Pumpkins, Squash and more!

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As the temperatures begin to drop and we reach for our sweaters, it’s important to remember that the Midtown Farmers Market is still full of fresh, local produce along with plenty of other great products throughout the end of summer and moving towards fall! From apples to squash, pumpkins to melons and every form of leafy green, there is still plenty to be found at the market! Stop by this Saturday to see the beautiful display, shop for a locally made craft and stay for breakfast or lunch and some great live music!

 

Our Second Saturday Activity:

All over the world harvest celebrations include making creatures and designs from stalks, stems, and leaves.  Stop by the Second Saturday tent before or after gathering your harvest from Market vendors, learn more about these traditions, and make a corn husk doll for your home or garden plot. Join in!  Everyone Welcome! 10 until Noon.

What’s Available?

This Saturday find:

~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, winter squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, flowers, 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, omelets, kabobs, tamales, tacos, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and other refreshments

~Handmade jewelry and clothing, soaps, apothecary products and photography

This Tuesday find:

~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, free range chicken, pasture raised pork, maple syrup, honey, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, wood-fired pizzas, kettle corn and bubble tea

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This Week at the Market: 

Saturday, September 13th

Community Tables:

Second Saturday Family Activity
Twin Town CrossFit

Market Entertainment:

9:00 am-11:00 am: Heart of a Tin Man

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: The Gated Community

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Thank You to this Tuesday’s Sponsor:
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Volunteer Opportunities with the Midtown Farmers Market!
Do you love the Midtown Farmers Market? Did you know that the Midtown Farmers Market relies on volunteers to help it run smoothly every week? We do! Volunteers are needed every week to fill many different roles, from compost monitors, to dancing around and wearing a carrot costume, to volunteering with events! If you are interested in learning about being a volunteer, stop by the market information booth this Saturday or Tuesday and meet market staff and learn about how YOU can best support the market! Sign up here, or by emailing outreach@midtownfarmersmarket.org.
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This Week:#FeedTheCarrot, apples, melons, and more!

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#FeedTheCarrot at the Market!

This weekend marks the return of the dancing carrot at the market! Back in July, our volunteers encouraged you to “Feed the Carrot!” and support the market with a cash donation. Your donation shows your love for the market, and helps it continue to grow and thrive. This is your chance to show your support! Make sure to take pictures, make posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then tag them with #FeedTheCarrot to encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

Why should you donate to the market?

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 prices to rise and be passed on to customers. But shoppers at the market can offset this cost by donating what you can, keeping the market as affordable and accessible as possible!

A link to our Facebook event can be found here – be sure to click attending and share it with your friends and neighbors!

What’s Available?

This Saturday find:
~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, winter squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, flowers, 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, omelets, kabobs, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, tamales, tacos, beef & beet sliders, fried tomato BLTs, coffee, popsicles, iced tea, lemonade, fresh pressed juices and other refreshments
~Handmade jewelry and clothing, soaps, apothecary products and photography

This Tuesday find:

~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, free range chicken, pasture raised pork, maple syrup, honey, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, kettle corn, popsicles and bubble tea

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This Week at the Market:

Saturday, September 6th

Community Tables:

Master Gardeners

Community Action of Minneapolis

Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Science in Your Backyard

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Moon Palace Books

Midtown Flavors Cooking Demo:

Stop by the the Midtown Flavors Cooking Demo booth to try a sample of Lamb Meatballs prepared by market volunteer Lisa McDonald. Recipe listed below.

Market Entertainment:

Blackbird’s Music Presents:

9:00 am-11:00 am: Edwin P Scherr
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Skally Line

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Thank You to this Saturday’s Sponsor:
Hennepin County

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Volunteer Opportunities with the Midtown Farmers Market!

Do you love the Midtown Farmers Market? Did you know that the Midtown Farmers Market relies on volunteers to help it run smoothly every week? We do! Volunteers are needed every week to fill many different roles, from compost monitors, to dancing around and wearing a carrot costume, to volunteering with events! If you are interested in learning about being a volunteer, stop by the market information booth this Saturday or Tuesday and meet market staff and learn about how YOU can best support the market! Sign up here, or by emailing outreach@midtownfarmersmarket.org.

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Market Recipe:
Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: lamb meatballs

FOR THE MEATBALLS

* 1 medium onion, peeled and finely diced

* 1/4 cup heavy cream

* 2 egg yolks, extra-large

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1 teaspoon ground cumin

* Pinch red-pepper flakes

* Pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

* 2 pounds ground lamb (can also use ground turkey)

FOR THE SAUCE

* 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes

* 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

* 1 small sprig rosemary

* Red-pepper flakes to taste

* 1 medium onion, peeled and diced

* 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

* Pinch ground cinnamon

* Pinch cayenne pepper

* 1 bay leaf

* 1/2 teaspoon white sugar

* 1/4 cup orange juice

* 1 3-inch strip of orange peel, pith removed

* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

FOR THE TOPPING

* 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
* 2 tablespoons thinly sliced mint leaves

PREPARATION

Preheat broiler. In a large bowl, mix together the onion, cream, egg yolks,

cinnamon, cumin, red pepper and cayenne. Put the lamb in the bowl, and season it

aggressively with salt and pepper. Add the bread crumbs and parsley, and combine

the mixture well. Shape the meat into balls that are a little larger than golf balls.

Grease a baking pan with olive oil, and put the meatballs onto it, spaced evenly.

Place beneath the broiler, and cook, turning once or twice, until the meatballs are

well browned, approximately 5 to 7 minutes, then set meatballs aside. Turn oven to

400.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Pass the tomatoes through a food mill, or whizz

them quickly in a food processor. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat for a

minute, then add olive oil, rosemary and red pepper and shake to combine. Cook

for another minute, then add onion, thyme, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne and bay

leaf and sauté until the onions are translucent, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add

tomatoes, sugar, orange juice and peel, along with salt and pepper.

Cook for 8 to 10 minutes over medium-low heat, until reduced by a third. Adjust

seasoning.

Pour the tomato sauce into a large baking dish that you can put on the table.

Transfer the meatballs to the sauce, putting them about 1/2 inch from each other.

Bake for 15 or 20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the meatballs are cooked

through.

Top with crumbled feta and scattered chopped mint.

Adapted from ”The A.O.C. Cookbook,” by Suzanne Goin.

 


This Week: Blood Drive at the Market with Memorial Blood Centers!

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Blood Drive at the Market with Memorial Blood Centers!

Join the Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday, August 30th as we partner with Memorial Blood Centers for a Blood Drive right at the farmers market! After donating be sure to stick around and experience the beauty and breadth of produce available at this time of the season, pick up locally made craft-work, stay to listen to some great music and enjoy breakfast or lunch from one of our great prepared food vendors. While doing so, be sure to encourage family, friends and neighbors to participate in the Blood Drive! You can register for an appointment slot here:

MIDTOWN FARMERS MARKET END OF SUMMER BLOOD DRIVE!
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 8 am to 12 pm
All presenting donors will also receive a FREE “Fishing for Donors” t-shirt!
SCHEDULE DONATION
To schedule an appointment go to www.mbc.org/searchdrives and  enter Sponsor Code: 3991 or contact Debra at dahlers@mbc.org or 651-332-7170.

What’s Available?

This Saturday find:
~Apples, blueberries, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, flowers, 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, omelets, kabobs, tamales, tacos, falafel, cheese curds, wood-fired pizzas, coffee, popsicles, iced tea, lemonade, fresh pressed juices and other refreshments

~Handmade jewelry and clothing, soaps, apothecary products and custom laser art

This Tuesday find:
~Apples, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, okra, herbs, free range chicken, pasture raised pork, maple syrup, honey, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, wood-fired pizza, kettle corn, popsicles and bubble tea

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This Week at the Market:

Saturday, August 30th

Community Tables:

Trylon MicroCinema
East Lake Library
Hennepin County Master Gardeners
Project for Pride in Living

Home Line

Market Entertainment:

9:00 am-11:00 am Kevin Thomas
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Mark Grim

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Next Week:

Saturday, September 6th: #FeedTheCarrot

You may remember a dancing carrot at the market in July that encouraged you to “Feed the Carrot!” and support the market with a cash donation. Next week, the market will be asking for your support again! If you love the market, and want to see it continue to grow and thrive, next Saturday is your chance to show your support! Make sure to take pictures, make posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then tag them with #FeedTheCarrot to encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

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Thank You to this Saturday’s Sponsor:

YWCA

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