May 30th is Youth Leadership Day at the Market!

This week, the market will have the delicious food and beautiful art that you have come to expect.

In addition, it is Youth Leadership Day sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.!

Stop by the market to hear a range of talented youth musicians, spoken word artists from Truartspeaks, and talk to our youth-focused community tables.youth poetry

More about the Poetry Showcase (10:30-11:30 am):
This past spring, young spoken-word artists from around the state competed in a series of poetry slams– dynamic, audience-centered poetry readings of original work. Representing a diverse range of voices, experiences, and identities, these teen poets shared their stories, their perspectives, and their boundless creativity with roaring crowds, and when the dust settled, six of them became the 2015 Be Heard MN Youth Poetry Slam Series team. This July, that team will head to Atlanta for Brave New Voices, the annual international youth poetry slam tournament and festival. Before that, however, they will be performing at the Midtown Farmers Market from 10:30-11:30!

The Poetry Showcase will be kicked off by 1st graders from New City Charter School.

More about the Music:

At the Market Stage:
9:00-10:30 Young Fiddlers Association of Minnesota
11:30-1 34th St. Jazz Combo and Mpls Street Beats

Around the market:
9:30-10:30 Mariachi Band from Folwell Arts Magnet School

From 8-1pm, we will have 7 youth-focused community organizations tabling at the market to share their missions and programs with market shoppers.

-Spark-Y

-Risen Christ School

-AcheiveMPLS

-Market Science

-Minneapolis Transitions High School

-Urban Arts Academy

-Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

And, of course, the Hennepin County Master Gardeners will be at the market to answer all your plant questions!

Available at this week’s market:

~Asparagus, rhubarb, radishes, spring greens, herbs, seedlings, bedding plants, hanging baskets, free range chicken and eggs, pasture raised pork and lamb, cheese, butter, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, jellies and jams, sauces and salad dressings, kimchi, sauerkraut, granola, bread, baked goods, omelettes, kabobs, chilaquiles, bahn mi sandwiches, tacos, burritos, tamales, samosas, pakoras, coffee, juices, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, bubble tea, frozen fruit bars and more.

~Handmade furniture, birdhouses, terrariums, soap, lotion, photography, t-shirts and clothing, books and more.

Thank you to this Saturday’s market sponsor, Wellington Management!

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See you this Saturday for #FeedTheCarrot!

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This weekend is our first “Feed the Carrot!” day of the 2015 market season, when we ask you to 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 friends and neighbors!

Market Music:                                    

-9-11am: Kevin Thomas

-11am-1pm: The Riverside Coalition      

Community Tables:

-Hennepin County Master Gardeners

-Women Against Military Madness(WAMM)

-Market Science

-Sierra Club

Thank you to this Saturday’s market sponsor,

Seward Community Coop!

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Available at this week’s market:

~Asparagus, rhubarb, radishes, spring greens, herbs, seedlings, bedding plants, hanging baskets, free range chicken and eggs, pasture raised pork and lamb, cheese, butter, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, jellies and jams, sauces and salad dressings, kimchi, sauerkraut, granola, bread, baked goods, omelettes, kabobs, chilaquiles, bahn mi sandwiches, tacos, burritos, tamales, samosas, pakoras, coffee, juices, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, bubble tea, frozen fruit bars and more.

~Handmade furniture, birdhouses, terrariums, soap, lotion, photography, t-shirts and clothing, books and more.

 


May 16th: Celebrate soil, compost, and gardening at the market!

eQuality Radishes Without soil, compost, and gardening, there would be no Midtown Farmers Market. Join us on Saturday as we celebrate our complex and beautiful roots at our annual Dirt Day!

Whether your interest in gardening is strictly on the eating side of things, or your yard is bursting with plants, our Dirt Day celebration has something for you!

For the green thumbed:
Whether you need more vegetable and flower seedlings for your garden, hanging baskets for your porch, or a basil plant for your balcony, our growers have the perfect plant for your home.

No green thumb? No problem!
As always, our wonderful vendors will be selling a wide variety of fresh spring produce (including rhubarb and asparagus), tasty hot treats, beautiful handmade art, and more. There is bound to be something for you!

Make sure to leave enough time in your market visit to meet Eureka’s compost worms, talk about urban land access for food growing with TCALT, and ask questions about the new City of Minneapolis Organics Recycling program.

P.S. Don’t forget about the free YWCA fitness class from 8:30-9:30 at the market. Adults with any experience level welcome!

Available at this weeks market:

~Asparagus, apples, rhubarb, radishes, spring greens, seedlings, bedding plants, hanging baskets, free range chicken, grass fed beef, pasture raised pork and lamb, eggs, cheese, butter, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, jellies and jams, sauces and salad dressings, kimchi, sauerkraut, granola, bread, baked goods, tacos, omelets, kabobs, chilaquiles, banh mi sandwiches, tamales, samosas, pakoras, coffee, mango lassis, kettle corn and bubble tea

~Handmade bird houses, furniture, photography, jewelry, handmade clothing, terrariums and books.

Music Schedule

Community Tables:

Hennepin County Master Gardeners, Market Science, Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust (TCALT), Sejong Academy, Eureka Recycling, City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling


May 9th is Mother’s Day at the Market!

Join us from 8am-1pm as we celebrate Mother’s Day this week at the market!

Did you know that a woman named Anna Jarvis conceived of the Mother’s Day idea back in 1908? She created a huge letter writing campaign and in 1914, Woodrow Wilson officially established Mother’s Day as a national holiday.  Ms.  Jarvis envisioned the holiday as opportunity for children to spend quality time with their mother’s. In later years, Ms. Jarvis would file countless lawsuits to attempt to move the holiday away from rampant consumerism.

We market staff believe that Ms. Jarvis would agree that a day out at the Midtown Farmers Market with the mothers in your life is a great way to honor them.

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So, bring the moms in your life to the market to listen to great music and shop for tasty food.

Thanks to Blackbird Music, the Flying Shoes (9-11am) and Bob and Lynn Dixon (11am-1pm) will set the festive, mother-celebrating mood.

Treat yourself and the mothers in your life to a perfect, thoughtful, locally produced gift from our special pop-up vendor, Acanthus Floral Art, or from one of our other many amazing vendors who will be selling plants, art and crafts to make a perfect gift.

If you’re a mom, don’t forget to stop by the Information Booth to enter the free raffle for cool prizes donated by our wonderful vendors.

Ask-A-Mom:

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 3.17.36 PM  Moms, like doctors, have MD’s or Mothers Degrees – essentially the ability to come up with real      remediesOur panel of community moms is here this Saturday to give lighthearted, fun and real world    advice for market patrons. Both Melissa and Meg have a lot of “Mom” credibility and community  experience and they are willing to answer questions on cooking, relationships and dating, fashion, raising  kids and any other topics you may need advice on.

Along with advice our moms will hand out organic animal crackers, Hershey kisses to make things better,  and band-aids for life’s little boo-boos.  Stop by the booth from 10:00am-12:00pm!

Meet the Moms:

Meg Tuthill is a mom of three children – Carmen 49, Mitch 47 and Matt 45. Sheand her husband Denny adopted their daughter Carmen when she was 8 years old. Her kids grew up in Minneapolis Public Schools, took public transportation and all of them participated in community events and worked in the family “party goods” store.  Meg now has three grandchildren.

Melissa Foster is the single mom of one child, a daughter Ciara who is 13 years old. She gets her mom”cred” for raising a High Honors student who is well-rounded and mature. Melissa has worked hard to counter the negativity of being a single black mom, while steering her child around all of the common traps and labels that can immobilize our children.

Meg and Melissa are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Location of the Market:

The market is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, at 2225 East Lake Street in Minneapolis. This year, to accommodate construction of Hennepin County’s Family Service Center along with Phase 1 of the L&H Station development, the market will be operating just around the corner from where it has previously been (see image and news release below for additional information about the market and the L&H station development). A Public Plaza to accommodate the Midtown Farmers Market and other public activities will be built during Phase 2.

Click here to learn more about the the L&H Station development.

Pop-up Parklets! 

The location of the farmers market this season offers new opportunities to engage more fully with our surroundings. This summer, we’ve partnered with the placemaking firm The Musicant Group to transform underused portions of the new space into active places for people to enjoy. Visitors will be treated to outdoor ping pong, sloped seating and a giant skeeball game on the grassy knoll fronting the LRT station. These installations will not only improve the market experience, but help guide the eventual design and programming of the permanent plaza to be built as part of phase 2 of the L+H Station development.

Free Fitness classes with YWCA!

Come to the market at 8:30 to participate in the R.I.P.P.E.D class taught at the market by our friends at the YWCA.

 


SAVE THE DATE: Opening Day Food Truck Fest is May 2nd!

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At last! Spring is here and with it, the beginning of the Midtown Farmers Market season!  On May 2nd, come check out our Opening Day Food Truck Fest at the market to taste some of the first fresh produce of the year, and graze through the delicious offerings of some of the Twin Cities’ best food trucks. Come early to hear music by the Wailing Loons and stay for the Roe Family Singers. 

Location of the Market.

The market is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, at 2225 East Lake Street in Minneapolis. This year, to accommodate construction of Hennepin County’s Family Service Center along with Phase 1 of the L&H Station development, the market will be operating just around the corner from where it has previously been (see image and news release below for additional information about the market and the L&H station development). A Public Plaza to accommodate the Midtown Farmers Market and other public activities will be built during Phase 2.

Speaking of the light rail, did you know you can ride the Blue Line to the market for FREE on the first Saturday of every month? Click on the blue Metro Transit button on our sidebar to your right to download your free pass. Thanks to our partners MetroTransit for this awesome opportunity! 

Click here to learn more about the the L&H Station development.  

Now that you know how easy it is to find us, what do you want to eat first?  

Come to the market hungry because the all these amazing food trucks and ready to eat food vendors will be onsite serving delectable dishes: Kabomelette, The Moral Ominvore, Peep’s Hot Box, Fireroast Cafe, Wild Earth Wood Fired Pizza and more! Stay tuned via Facebook and Twitter as we reveal additional food trucks that will be at the market in the coming weeks!

Save lives, donate blood!

Once you’ve had something delicious to eat, please stop by the Memorial Blood Centers donation bus to donate blood and save lives! Then treat yourself to a happy spring gift or find the perfect gift for the mothers in your life.

Pop-up Parklets! 

The location of the farmers market this season offers new opportunities to engage more fully with our surroundings. This summer, we’ve partnered with the placemaking firm The Musicant Group to transform underused portions of the new space into active places for people to enjoy. Visitors will be treated to outdoor ping pong, sloped seating and a giant skeeball game on the grassy knoll fronting the LRT station. These installations will not only improve the market experience, but help guide the eventual design and programming of the permanent plaza to be built as part of phase 2 of the L+H Station development.

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The Midtown Farmers Market is Hiring!

The Midtown Farmers Market is now hiring for a seasonal, part-time Outreach Coordinator to promote our SNAP/EBT and Market Bucks incentive programs for the 2015 market season. Click here to view the job posting and learn more!