The Mill City Farmers Market, nestled between world famous Guthrie Theatre and Spoonriver, is a wonderful, mostly organic, local farmers market serving downtown Minneapolis and suburban communities throughout the Twin Cities.
Vendors come from both urban and rural Minnesota and Wisconsin in order to provide their consumers with the highest quality goods the land has to offer. As well as serving the community, many vendors provide food for farm-to-table restaurants in the metropolitan area. Brenda Langton of Spoonriver founded the market eight years ago and is still highly involved with the market. The market is a fun, interactive place which allows you to get to know your farmers as well as learn more about your food and where it comes from, leading you to a healthier life.
Summer is upon us and what better way to celebrate this season than with ice cream? Everyone loves this tasty treat, and at the Mill City Farmers Market you can find a little ice cream cart tucked in the corner of the courtyard. Sonny’s Ice Cream is an all natural artisan ice cream company with a passion for fresh and local handmade treats. Sonny’s Ice Cream hand peels the lemons and oranges as well as hand cuts all of the fruit and other ingredients used in making their delicious sweets. It is important to them to infuse their ice creams and sorbets to give them an extra kick of flavor. This gives their dense ice cream a distinct taste and texture with its own unique twist.
Every vendor has their own story to tell and special talents that they encompass into their work. A weaver can be found under the roof of the historic Mill City Museum trainshed, weaving his stories into his artwork. A recent rug, inspired by his life growing up on the streets and the hardships he faced can be seen as a tree or as he calls it “Lost Child." The tree is about his life from age 8 to age 12, after these hard years he reconnected with his brother and learned the art of weaving. Thirty-one years later his incredible art uses traditional techniques impressing his audience and customers.
Another popular stop that customers rave about is Loon Organics. They are known for their organic farming techniques and very tasty veggies. Their large variety draws customers to them and makes them one of the highlighted vendors at the market.
Among these vendors and the many others that join the market weekly there are great stories behind the beautifully colorful and delicious foods. The atmosphere is so lively, with many people bustling by to get their shopping done, while others are stopping at The Bolt for their morning coffee, enjoying their ice cream or Chef Shack mini doughnuts, and overlooking the sun soaked river. The market buzzes with excitement and chatter from vendors and customers alike. Everyone enjoys the summer Saturdays from 8am - 1pm spent surrounded by the culture that Mill City Farmers Market offers. There are musicians playing and children dancing as the smell of food wafts through the air. The market is an ideal place for people of all ages and interests to explore healthy, local foods and be a part of a communal collaboration.
Coco Wagner is a Mill City Farmers Market intern.