Now Hiring: Assistant Market Manager(s) (updated)

This position has now been filled.

We are now hiring for our Assistant Market Manager position(s) for the 2017 market season. This updated position description was posted 5/2/17 – applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received and this post will be updated when the position is closed.

We are looking to fill this position with either: 1 person committed to the full position OR 2 people, who are each available for at least 50% of shifts over the course of the season.

An overview: the Assistant Market Manager(s) assists with the day-to-day operations of the Neighborhood Roots farmers markets in order to serve its vendors, patrons, volunteers, sponsors, and affiliated mini-market partners. Neighborhood Roots oversees 3 community-based markets: Fulton, Kingfield, & Nokomis. Fulton and Kingfield are held every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am – 1:00pm, May 20th – October 29th. Nokomis is held on Wednesdays from 4 – 8pm, June 14th – September 27th.

This is a seasonal, part-time position with an average of 22 – 30 total available hours per week during the market season (May – October). The number of hours is closest to 30 hours per week when the Nokomis Market is in season (mid-June – end of September). Working hours include time before, during, and after the hours the markets are open to the public, as well as additional administrative time during the week. Saturday & Sunday availability (6:45am – 2:30pm) and Wednesday availability (2:30pm – 9:15pm) are required. Duties (for the full position) will consist of approximately 70% market-site staffing and 30% market administrative tasks.

Please see the attached PDF for a full list of job duties and qualifications: NR Asst Mgr JD 2017_May


Dine out for Nokomis, April 17!

Dine out and support the farmers market! On Monday, April 17th, Bagu Sushi &Thai, The Town Hall Tap, and Pumphouse Creamery will be donating a portion of their sales to our Nokomis Farmers Market and Neighborhood Roots organization! Plan to enjoy a meal, drink, or treat from these businesses that day with friends or family. Fill up and feel good knowing that you’re supporting the market at the same time. Eat, drink, support!

All 3 restaurants are located near the intersection of 48th Street & Chicago Ave S.

Pumphouse Creamery: Open 12pm – 9pm, 4754 Chicago Ave S. Donating 20% of sales.
BaGu Sushi & Thai: Open 5pm – 9pm, 4741 Chicago Ave S. Donating 15% of sales.
The Town Hall Tap: Open 11am – 11pm, 4810 Chicago Ave S. Donating 10% of sales.
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March 25th Winter Farmers Market!

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Don’t miss out on the last winter farmers market of the season! Gather with friends and neighbors in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday March 25th to stock up on local foods and enjoy a beautiful Saturday morning at the market!

The market is a little light on produce this time of year, but local farmers still have so much to offer!  Farmstead cheeses, pasture raised meats, eggs, pickles, fermented vegetables, jams, maple syrup, honey and much more.  The outdoor season of the farmers market doesn’t start for two more months so now is the time to stock up!

Beer from Able Seedhouse +Brewing and wine will be available for sale by the glass and live music will accompany your shopping trip.  Enjoy tunes from Steve West and the Northern Stars from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and sing along with One Ukulele from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Big thanks to Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Nicollet Ace Hardware, France 44, Lake Harriet Veterinary Clinic, The Augustine Team, Lakewinds Food Co-opAble Seedhouse + Brewery, and Bryant Lake Bowl for their support of the March Winter Farmers Market!

Visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “MarchMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 3/25, on regular-priced, in-store items only. Market goods not included.

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the outdoor farmers market season!  Mark your calendars for the opening days of the Fulton Farmers Market on May 20th, the Kingfield Farmers Market on May 21st and the Nokomis Farmers Market on June 14th.

The Vendors!

Auntie Annie’s Fields: Pork, chicken, and eggs
Bogart’s Doughnut Co.: Doughnuts and coffee
Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest: Chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and eggs
Brand Farms: Apples, eggs, apple chips
Cafe Palmira: Coffee beans, hot and iced coffee
Candor Bar: Paleo nut bars
Chef Shack: Hot food
Cosmic Wheel Creamery: Farmstead cheese
The Davidsons: Honey, preserves
Dumpling: Dumplings
Ginger Mann: Ginger beverages
Go Go Glam Household Goods: Handmade cloth items
Green Bee Juicery: Cold pressed juice
Groveland Confections: Handcrafted chocolates
Havlicek’s Orchard: Apples and honey
Hazelwood Creek Farm: Pickled goods, jams, sauces
Heath Glen Farm and Kitchen: Jams, simple syrups, condiments
Johnson Family Pastures: Chicken, pork and eggs
Jules Loft: Garden art for birds
Kiss My Cabbage: Fermented vegetables
K-mamma Sauce: Korean hot sauce
Lovetree Farmstead: Cave-aged cow, sheep, and goat milk cheeses
Martha’s Joy: Pickled vegetables
Mi Casa Studios: Jewlery and garden art
Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn: Produce and preserves
Sassy Knitwear: Handsewn clothing
Singing Hills Goat Dairy: Goat cheese, pork
Squeaky Sailor Soap: Soap and bodycare products
Sun Street Breads: Breads and pastries
The Moral Omnivore: Food truck
Walsh Ridge Farm: Maple syrup, honey, and jam
Weed’s Greens: Microgreens
Wise Acre: Produce



February 25th Winter Farmers Market!

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Come out of hibernation and join your friends and neighbors at the Winter Farmers Market on February 25th from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S).

Vendors will have baked goods, and tasty foods for breakfast and lunch so come hungry and relax!  Beer from Bent Brewstillery and wine will be available for sale by the glass. Lively music will accompany your shopping trip: Bob and Lynn Dixon from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and The Hawthorn Collection from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Big thanks to Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Nicollet Ace Hardware, France 44, Lake Harriet Veterinary Clinic, The Augustine Team, Bent Brewstillery, and Bryant Lake Bowl for their support of the February Winter Farmers Market!

Visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “FebMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 2/25, on regular-priced, in-store items only. Market goods not included.

The Vendors!
Auntie Annie’s Fields: Pork, chicken, and eggs
The Beez Kneez: Honey, mustard
Big River Farm: Produce
Bodylish: Soap and bodycare products
Bogart’s Doughnut Co.: Doughnuts and coffee
Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest: Chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and eggs
Brand Farms: Apples, eggs, apple chips
Cafe Palmira: Coffee beans
Chef Shack: Hot food
Cherry Tree House Mushrooms: Mushroom products
Cosmic Wheel Creamery: Farmstead cheese
The Davidsons: Honey, preserves
Dumpling: Dumplings
Groveland Confections: Handcrafted chocolates
Havlicek’s Orchard: Apples and honey
Hazelwood Creek Farm: Pickled goods, jams, sauces
Johnson Family Pastures: Chicken, pork and eggs
Kerry’s Doughnut Bites: Doughnut holes
Lovetree Farmstead: Cave-aged cow, sheep, and goat milk cheeses
Minnesota Juice Company: Cold pressed juice
Open Hands Farm: Produce
Patti’s Granola: Granola and roasted nuts
Pottery for the Soul: Ceramics
Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn: Produce and preserves
Red Clover Apothecary: Herbal tinctures and salves
Sift Gluten Free: Gluten free baked goods
Singing Hills Goat Dairy: Goat cheese, pork
Spicy Girl Sauces: Salsas and marinades
Sun Street Breads: Breads and pastries
St. Paul Switchel: Sweet tangy beverages
The Moral Omnivore: Waffles
Universal Pants: Handmade clothing
Walsh Ridge Farm: Maple syrup, honey, and jam
Wild Run Salmon: Wild-caught Alaskan cod
Wise Acre: Produce

Mark your calendars for the final Winter Market on March 25th. Support local food and connect with your community!


January 28th Winter Market!

Come in from the cold and thaw out at the January 28th Winter Farmers Market!  Bring your shopping bags and stock up on the bounty of local produce and products available in Minnesota- even during the coldest time of year!  The market will take place indoors in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Don’t miss out on all the local goodness.

Pasture raised, beef, pork, and chicken will be for sale from three amazing farmers so come prepared to stock your freezer.  Cheese lovers will be thrilled with the variety of dairy creations from three farmstead cheese makers.  In addition, purchase fresh bread, apples, root vegetables, dried beans, jams, fermented veggies, honey, maple syrup, and so much more!

Be sure to bring your appetite.  Farmers market favorites such as bagels, waffles, dumplings and nachos will be available for breakfast or lunch.  Wake up with a coffee made from locally roasted beans or a hand crafted ginger ale.

Keep the morning festive with a beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewery or wine available for sale by the glass.  Live music will accompany your shopping trip, so take your time and enjoy tunes from Broken Heartland String Band from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and The Roe Family Singers from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Big thanks to Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Nicollet Ace Hardware, France 44, Lake Harriet Veterinary ClinicThe Augustine Team, Able Seedhouse + Brewery, and Bryant Lake Bowl for their support of the January Winter Farmers Market!

Visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “JanMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 1/28, on regular-priced, in-store items only. Market goods not included.

Mark your calendar for the next two winter farmers markets on February 25th and March 25th. Make it your 2017 New Years resolution to eat more local foods and start the year off right with a trip to the January Winter Market!



Holiday Farmers Market Sunday, Nov. 13th!

Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner!  Make it your goal this season to put your holiday dollars right back into the community by buying gifts made by local artisans and cooking with meats, cheeses and vegetables purchased from small, local farmers.  Stop by Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm on Sunday, November 13th to connect with local farmers, chat with neighbors and stock up on local foods and gifts for the chilly months ahead! 

Plenty of produce will still be available at the November Holiday Market! Vendors will have root veggies such as beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and carrots, along with cold hearty cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage.  Several vendors will have apples which can store for up to six months in the fridge, so stock up!

Astound your holiday guests with the amazing local meats and cheeses. Pork, lamb, beef and chicken will all be available along with delectable cheeses made with goat, sheep and cow’s milk.  

If you’re looking for thoughtful gifts for the holidays, there will be plenty of craft vendors at the market along with food vendors carrying non-perishable items.  Jams, honey and maple syrup make great stocking stuffers! Hand knitted items, soap, jewelry, and printed towels are all can’t miss gifts.  

The November market is a fun way kick off to the winter season.  Take the morning slow and enjoy a beer from Eastlake Brewery or a glass of wine while you shop!  Several vendors will have delicious options for breakfast or lunch and live music from the Saint Paul Mudsteppers and Brian Peterson will be keeping the atmosphere festive.  

Farmers Market shoppers are eligible for a discount at Bachman’s Garden Center. Mention “HolidayMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 11/13, on regular-priced in-store items only; market goods not included.

Mark your calendar for the three additional Neighborhood Roots Winter Markets on January 28th, February 25th, and March 25th (Saturdays). 

Thanks to Uptown Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, Nicollet Ace Hardware, Lake Harriet Veterinary, France 44, the Augustine Team, and Bryant Lake Bowl for their support of these events!


Volunteers and board members wanted!

It takes a lot of behind the scenes planning and heavy-lifting to make our farmers markets happen, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our dedicated volunteers and board members! If you’re someone who loves that Fulton, Kingfield, or Nokomis is ‘your’ market – or you shop all the markets! – consider pitching in and getting involved.

We need volunteers every market day for set-up, clean-up, and occasional special events. If you have more time to give beyond just on market days, our board of directors is looking for new recruits. These folks – currently 13 residents from across South Minneapolis – help set the direction of our Neighborhood Roots organization and further our mission of bringing neighbors together to buy, eat, and learn about local food. They participate in annual strategic planning, attend regular board meetings, and serve on one of four committees: Executive, Marketing, Development, or Operations. Specific skills that we’re currently looking for among new board members include backgrounds in fundraising, web development, or local food policy.

If you have any of these skills or others to share, we’d love to hear from you. A full position description is included below. For more information, to attend a meeting, and / or to get connected to current board members for any question you might have, get in touch with Neighborhood Roots’ Executive Director, Alex Cortes, at alex@neighborhoodrootsmn.org

We will also be hosting “meet and greets” with board members at the markets on:
Fulton: Saturday, 8/20, 9am – 11am
Kingfield: Sunday, 8/28, 9:30am – 11am
Nokomis: Wednesday, 9/7, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Can’t make these? Stop by the market information booth at any point to say hi.

Board Member Job Description.

The Neighborhood Roots Board of Directors is a working board of committed volunteers who regularly contribute their time at board and committee meetings and special events, handle organizational administration, and volunteering to support operations at the farmers markets. Board members are expected to contribute a minimum of 6 – 10 hours per month. Board members are expected to make an effort to regularly volunteer at the markets. Volunteering at the markets can consist of many activities, including physical set up and tear down, helping out with special activities, serving as greeters, talking and building relationships with vendors, filling in for staff, as needed, and general troubleshooting.

Regular expectations and duties include:

  1. Regularly attends board meetings, committee meetings, market events and related meetings.
  2. Makes serious commitment to participate actively in committee work; each board member is required to participate on at least one committee (executive, marketing, sponsorship/development and/or operations and events).
  3. Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time, including regular participation at the markets.
  4. Stays informed about committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
  5. Gets to know other board members and committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
  6. Is an active participant in the board’s annual evaluation and strategic planning efforts.
  7. Participates in some way in supporting fund raising for the organization.

Come get down with us at the Neighborhood Rootenanny, July 30th!

We know our customers are a rowdy bunch who need to cut loose from time to time and dance to some bluegrass. We thought what better way to celebrate the end of Make My Market Happen month than to celebrate with some great music, prizes and games. We hope you can join us!

When: Saturday, July 30, 6-10pm

Where: 3805 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (the parking lot of Nicollet Ace Hardware in South Minneapolis)

Music: The Broadfork String Band, Saint Paul Mudsteppers

Drinks: Beer from Bent Paddle Brewing and Lakes & Legends Brewing Company. Wine too, and lemonade for the kiddos.

Food trucks: The Moral Omnivore and Finer Meats

Tickets: $10 / adult; $5 / kid 12 & under. Purchase your tickets here or at any of our markets. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of.

Thanks to Uptown Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling, Nicollet Ace Hardware, & Blackbird for their support of this event!

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