Mill City Farmer’s Market Must-Stop Vendors
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Spring has (finally) sprung, and we know that means one thing: farmers market season. Mill City Farmer’s Market (MCFM) is back for its 13th season in downtown Minneapolis with 21 new vendors. Located between the Guthrie Theater and Mill City Museum, you won’t be able to miss this unique outdoor experience that caters to every palate every Saturday, May through October, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Each of the 60-plus local food and drink vendors has its own personal flair, but here are five musts to make your stomach growl and leave your mouth watering. So bring your trusty tote and mighty appetite; you'll want to take some of these goods home with you.
Don’t miss a single Saturday morning memory! Consider shuffling your tired feet to The Bolt Coffee & Juice Bar for that liquid lightning. The certified organic and fair trade peace coffee, espresso drinks, tea, and fresh-squeezed juices will jolt you awake, keep your droopy eyelids peeled and ensure your full enjoyment (and consciousness) at the MCFM.
Burning River Farm has been with MCFM since the beginning. Their 15-acre farm located in Frederic, Wisconsin, uses no herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and their aim at all things “fresh” doesn’t stop there. Burning River Farm is also a “Certified Naturally Grown” farm—a farmer-centric alternative to the USDA Organic label. Find your favorite vegetables, salad mixes and field-grown greens from a vendor you can feel great about.
Mindy Kelly focuses on simplicity in her tea blends. She sells dozens of different black, green, oolong, and white teas along with must-have tea accessories, sweeteners and gift certificates. The tea leaves come from commendable tea farms with humane working conditions and no pesticide use. Mrs. Kelly’s tea blends have taken top awards around the metro including “Best Tea of Show” at Calhoun Coffee Fest and “Best Natural Product of Show” at the Twin Cities Food & Wine Show.
Dark pumpernickel, marble rye, and potato rosemary rolls. Whole wheat, sunflower wheat and seven-grain sliced bread loaves. Breakfast pastries, quiche, cookies and more. Are you hungry yet? Solomon’s Bakery and its small staff of six bring a wide selection of savory and sugary goodness to hungry customers. Need a recommendation? Take a chance on the chocolate- and almond-filled croissant.
Red Table Meat Co. is a one-stop-shop for all your pork needs. Founders Mike Phillip and Kieran Folliard promise customers heritage breed hogs from six small and sustainable Minnesota and Wisconsin farms to provide the best of the best. Since 2016, three products have received a Good Food Award: a spicy fennel and garlic salami called “Big Chet’s,” a cooked smoked ham called “The Royal,” and a dry-cured smoked ham called “Speck.” Whether your meat of choice is aged six weeks or six months, you’re guaranteed to find “Good Meat Here.”