This week: Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Cucumbers and more!

The Tomatoes are Coming!

We are a mere day away from the beginning of August, and as hard as it can be to realize how far we are in to the summer there are plenty of wonderful and exciting things to distract us – such as the incredible abundance of colorful and flavorful produce ready for harvest. One of the most anxiously awaited? Tomatoes! And they’re here!
Stop by the farmers market this weekend and pick up some delicious tomatoes, some sweet corn, and some other wonderful goodies to make the perfect summer meal to ring in the month of August.

What’s Available?

This Saturday find:

~Raspberries, blueberries, sweet corn, tomatoes lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, onions, radishes, beans, peas, bok choy, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, 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, burgers, pork chops on a stick, tacos, omelets, kabobs, tamales, sambusas, popsicles, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and other refreshments

~Handmade jewelry, soaps, apothecary products, laser art, photography, hand sewn clothing and aprons and tie dyed t-shirts.

This Tuesday find:

~Raspberries, blueberries, sweet corn, tomatoes 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, pasture raised pork, maple syrup, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, kettle corn, popsicles and bubble tea.

 

 

This Week at the Market: 

Market Entertainment:

Music Presented by Blackbird’s Music Store

9:00 am-11:00 am Jugsluggers
11:00 am-1:00 pm Farewell Tenney

Volunteer Opportunities with the

Midtown Farmers Market!

Did you know that the Midtown Farmers Market relies on volunteers to be the greatest market we can be? We do! Volunteers are needed every week to fill many different roles, especially during 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.

Thank You to this Saturday’s Sponsor:


This week: Sweet Corn, Berries, Summer Squash…and More!

First Sighting: Sweet Corn!

One of the greatest rewards of the middle of the summer is the first harvest of sweet corn, and its finally here! Come down to the farmers market this Saturday to pick up your first batch, along with some other delicious goodies like raspberries and blueberries to complete a perfect midsummer meal. Make sure to arrive early, as some popular items will go fast!

 

What’s Available?

 

This Saturday find:

~Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes 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, burgers, pork chops on a stick, tacos, omelets, kabobs, tamales, sambusa, popsicles, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and other refreshments~Handmade jewelry, soaps, apothecary products, laser art, photography and hand sewn bibs and aprons.

 

This Tuesday find:

~Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes 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, pasture raised pork, maple syrup, wild rice, jams, beef and vegetarian sliders, fried tomato BLTs, wood fired pizza, kettle corn, popsicles and bubble tea

~Henna body art

This Week at the Market: 

Saturday, July 26th & Tuesday, July 29th

Community Tables:

People’s Center Health Services

Women Against Military Madness

Bethel Lutheran

Master Gardeners

Moon Palace Books

 

Market Entertainment:

9:00 am-11:00 am Sergio

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

 Last Week to Find Waldo and Win Prizes! 

 

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.

Thank You to Saturday’s Sponsor:
  
  Hennepin county logo

 


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


F: Midtown Farmers Market

T: @MidtownFrmMkt
I: @MidtownFrmMkt

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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!

Nov 08

 

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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