Make Your Market Happen!

You love the market. Make the market happen by donating to Neighborhood Roots. Your donation supports our mission to bring neighbors together to buy, eat and learn about local food. We support local farmers and small businesses, promote vibrant community and effect important changes in food and agricultural policy.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 in the month of July. That sounds like a lot of money, but it takes a lot to make the market happen. We support more than 100 small businesses, engage dozens of volunteers and operate three neighborhood farmers markets for a total of 68 market days. Those markets bring together more than 60,000 neighbors every year. Your donation helps create safe community spaces where neighbors get to know each other. Your donation helps connect folks with their farmers. Your donation helps teach kids about agriculture, nutrition and science. Your donation makes your market happen. Thank you.

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Bake-off Winner!

Huge thanks to all of the amazing bakers who brought goods to the Fulton Farmers Market last Saturday!  Your tasty treats were a great example of how we can use fruits, veggies, and eggs from the market to create delicious confections.

Congratulations to first place winner Lisa Pray!  Lisa made beautiful Strawberry Basil Macarons with strawberries from Walsh Ridge Farm, basil from Yer Yang’s Produce and Flowers and eggs from Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest Farm.  Check out the recipe below and try them for yourself!

Strawberry-Basil Macarons
Ingredients (makes ~5 dozen depending on size. I recommend weighing the ingredients to get the most accurate measurements)
Meringue shells:
300g almond flour
300g confectioners sugar
110g egg whites
75g water
300g caster sugar
(another) 110g egg whites
Colored gel (optional, but pink and green recommend for this recipe)
Strawberry-basil filling:
1 cup unsalted butter
3 cups confectioners sugar
pinch of salt
basil (to taste)
strawberries (to taste)
strawberry extract (to taste)
Instructions for the meringue shells:
1) Begin by sifting the almond flour to remove any large pieces of almond. Combine the almond flour and confectioners sugar in a food processor. Once combined, sift the ingredients again (and again, if you don’t mind the effort!). Add the first set of egg whites (110g) to the sifted almond flour and confectioners sugar, but do not stir.
2) Combine the water and caster sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Once the mixture reaches 115 degrees C begin whisking the second set of egg whites (110g) in a stand mixer. Whip the egg whites on high until soft peaks form. Once the sugar/water mixture reaches 118 degrees C, very slowly pour over the egg whites while they are whisking (it is best to pour the sugar mixture down the side of the bowl to avoid deflating the egg whites). Continue to whisk until the mixture cools down to 50 degrees C and stiff peaks are formed (creating an Italian meringue).
3) Manually combine the Italian meringue with the almond flour/confectioners sugar/egg white mixture using a rubber scraper. At this point, add any desired food gel to color the batter (this step is optional, but for this recipe, it is recommended to color half of the batter light pink and half light green… if possible, use a gel to avoid introducing any additional liquid to the batter). Stir until the mixture reaches the consistency of lava (if too thick, keep mixing… if too thin, it may be over-mixed or the meringue may not have been whisked stiff enough before combining)… the final mixture should slowly flow off of a rubber scraper when held up.
4) Once the mixture is the correct consistency, put in a piping bag and pipe 1.5in circles on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper (you should be able to fit about 24 shells on a standard size baking sheet). Once piped, tap the baking sheet on the table to help release any air bubbles in the shells. Let the shells rest until the tops are no longer sticky (this is a very important step to avoid cracked shells!).
5) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Once shells are no longer sticky to touch (depending on humidity this may be anywhere from 15-30 minutes), place in oven and lower the temperature to 325 degrees F (I recommend doubling your baking sheet to help prevent the bottoms of the macarons from baking too quickly). Bake for 11 minutes, rotating tray half-way through.
6) Once baked, remove from oven and let fully cool before peeling the macarons from the parchment paper.
7) Re-preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and repeat the above steps until all the shells are baked.
Instructions for the strawberry-basil filling:
1) Whip one cup of room-temperature butter in a stand mixer on high speed (whip for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy with no lumps).
2) Slowly combine in 2 cups of confectioners sugar (about a 1/2 cup at a time). Continue to whip on a high speed until light and fluffy with no lumps – 5 minutes, or so.
3) Place 1 cup of confectioners sugar, basil, and strawberries into a food processor and pulse until combined. Adjust the amount of basil and strawberries used depending on the desired flavor.
4) Slowly add the strawberry-basil sugar mixture into the whipping filling. Add a pinch of salt and strawberry extract (if desired), to taste.  Continue to whip until smooth.
Assembling the macarons:
1) Ensure the macarons are fully cooled before assembling.
2) Pipe a small amount of the strawberry-basil filling on to one side of a macaron shell.
3) Dice a few strawberries and place a small piece of fresh strawberry into the center of the filling.
4) To finish, place an equal-size macaron shell on the other side and sandwich together.
It is best to let the macarons rest for ~3 hours at room temperature prior to eating (this helps the filling flavor be absorbed into the macaron shells).

Fulton Bake-off, Saturday June 23rd!

Wash your hands, pull out your aprons, and whip up your best to compete in the first annual Fulton Farmers Market Bake-off! The bake-off will be held on June 23rd, there are lots of ingredients at the market that are great for baking with, so come take a look around on Saturday, June 9th and Saturday June 16th to purchase ingredients!

Read below, then fill out a registration form to participate. Proceeds from the sale of your goodies at the bake-off events benefit the Kingfield Farmers Market, a 501(c)4 non-profit and a great community asset. Good Luck!

THE RULES:

  1. Your entry must be baked (so as tasty as they might be, no salsas, sauces, soups, etc).
  2. Your entry must be stable at ambient temperatures. This means NO whipped cream, cheesecakes, cream puffs, etc. Any entry that needs to be kept cool or hot to be safe and servable will not be allowed. If you have specific questions about the suitability of your entry idea, you may send them to info@neighborhoodrootsmn.org.
  3. Your entry must be at the market by 10am on the day of the bake-off so we’ll be all ready to go by 10:30am.
  4. The entry must be big enough to provide 60 bite-sized servings (we can cut them!).
  5. Submit submitted along with a complete list of the ingredients you have used.
  6. free of identifying marks/tags/etc that might allow patrons and judges to connect you to your entry. (The market will provide a means to keep track of your entry on Bake-off Day.)

We encourage you to do the following:

  1. use local ingredients.
  2. designate local ingredients and the producer name in your list of ingredients.

Fulton Farmers Market Bake-off Registration

  • Please fill out a separate registration for each bake-off you’re entering so we can keep things straight.
  • Please submit forms prior to the event day if possible but day-of entries will also be accepted.
  • Questions? Email info@neighborhoodrootsmn.org or call 612-207-7893

 


Dine out in June to support the Farmers Markets!

The Fulton, Kingfield, and Nokomis Farmers markets depend on contributions from local businesses and individuals to operate. Don’t miss two great opportunities to support the farmers markets during the month of June!

Dine out at Agra Culture on 50th and France, Monday, June 11th anytime between 7:00 am and 9:30 pm.   Agra Culture is generously donating 15% of their in store sales to the Fulton Farmers Market.  Grab a breakfast to go, meet up with friends for dinner, or get take out for lunch.

The Lowbrow is hosting a dine out to support the Kingfield Market!  Gather at the restaurant on Monday, June 25th anytime between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm to enjoy tasty comfort food.  Everything tastes better when you know your evening out is for a good cause!



We’re hiring!

We are currently accepting applications for our Assistant Market Manager position. This is a part-time position from May through October of 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to spend time outside, meet new people and gain nonprofit management experience. We will begin reviewing applications April 16th.

The Assistant Market Manager assists with the day-to-day operations of the Neighborhood Roots farmers markets in order to serve its vendors, patrons, volunteers and sponsors. Neighborhood Roots oversees 3 community-based markets: Kingfield, Fulton and Nokomis. This is a seasonal, part-time position with an average of 22 – 30 total available hours per week during the market season. The number of hours is closest to 30 hours per week from mid-June to 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 will consist of approximately 70% market-site staffing and 30% market administrative tasks. This position is compensated at $12.50 per hour.

Essential Functions: 

  • Oversee activities at the market information booth during market hours including: offering high quality customer service and conducting SNAP-EBT, credit card, & merchandise sales
  • Assist in physical market set-up and tear-down
  • Provide on-site support to all vendors, patrons, musicians, artists, master gardener volunteers, and other community activity providers as needed
  • Perform accounting related to the EBT / credit card token system used at the markets and affiliated mini-markets. Assist with related paperwork and tracking
  • Support preparation and execution of special and weekly events including but not limited to demos, music, and family-friendly activities
  • Assist with market-day supervision of volunteers
  • Create weekly e-newsletters, assist with the maintenance of other social media channels
  • Ensure market supplies are kept well-stocked and organized
  • Other reasonable duties as assigned to support the Market Director, Market Manager, and general market operations

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced setting
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships and provide high quality customer service
  • Must be highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Aptitude with numbers and basic counting, math skills
  • Strong problem solving ability
  • Able to accomplish tasks with limited direct supervision
  • Able to effectively work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Must be able to routinely lift up to 50lbs
  • Flexible schedule must include Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the market season (staff may take up to two weeks off during the market season)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Cash-handling experience
  • Interest in sustainable agriculture, food justice and local food policy
  • Experience working with volunteers

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to our Executive Director, Emily Lund, at emily@neighborhoodrootsmn.org

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Follow this link for a PDF of this listing: Assistant Market Manager Job Description


March 24th Winter Farmers Market!

Spring is just around the corner!  Before new veggies start popping out of the ground, enjoy one last indoor Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market.  Collect your grocery bags, bring your shopping lists and gather in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) on March 24th from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Vendors will be bringing stored veggies and apples, greenhouse greens, preserves, farmstead cheeses, pasture raised meats, fermented and pickled vegetables, honey, maple syrup and much more.

Live music will accompany your shopping trip!  Broken Heartland String Band will be playing from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and One Ukulele is playing from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewing and wine from South Lyndale Liquors will be available for sale by the glass.  Relax and enjoy!  All proceeds from beer and wine sales go to support the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis Farmers Markets.

Huge thanks to Lake Harriet Vet, Nicollet Ace Hardware, The Augustine Team, South Lyndale LiquorsAble Seedhouse + Brewing and Bryant Lake Bowl for making the March Winter Farmers Market possible.

Visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “March Market” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 3/24 on regular-priced, in-store items only. Market goods not included.

Mark your calendars for the opening days of the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis Farmers Markets!  Fulton opens Saturday, May 19th, Kingfield opens Sunday May 20th, and Nokomis opens Wednesday, June 13th.

Vendors! 

Auntie Annie’s Fields: Chicken, pork, eggs
The Beez Kneez: Honey and mustard
Brand Farms: Dried apples, eggs, preserves
Cafe Palmira: Hot coffee, coffee beans
Cosmic Wheel Creamery: Cheese, produce
Davidson’s Farm: Preserves, honey
Emily Frank Home Made Designs: Paintings
Groveland Confections: Chocolates
Hazelwood Creek: Sauces, pickles
Heath Glen Farm and Kitchen: Preserves, shrubs, condiments
Havlicek’s Orchard: Apples
K-mama Sauce: Korean condiments
Johnson Family Pastures: Chicken, pork, beef, eggs
Love Tree Farmstead: Cheese
Martha’s Joy: Pickled vegetables
Mary Dirty Face Farm: Preserves
Mi Casa Studios: Scarves and art
Minnesota Food Forest: Maple syrup, fruit leather
Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn: Preserves, produce
Red Clover Apothecary: Herbs and tinctures
Root to Rise Kitchen: Vegan comfort food
Singing Hills Goat Dairy: Goat cheese, pork
Squirrel!: Pet treats and toys
Sunshine Harvest Farm: Chicken, pork, beef, lamb, eggs
Sun Street Breads: Bread and pastries
Topos Ferments: Fermented vegetables
Twin Cities Paella: Paella
Universal Pants: Clothing
Walsh Ridge Farm: Maple syrup, honey, jam
Weed’s Greens: Microgreens
Whetstone Farm: Produce, fibers
Wild Run Salmon: Alaskan salmon and cod
Wise Acre Farm: Produce
Wozupi Gardens: Produce
Wyrd Sisters: Clothing and jewlery


February 24th Winter Farmers Market!

Start your shopping lists!  The February Winter Farmers Market is coming up fast on Saturday, February 24th.  Join friends and neighbors in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm to stock up on your favorite local foods and enjoy a fun morning out!

Musical entertainment will accompany your morning shopping trip!  Enjoy tunes from Steve West and the Northern Stars from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and Matt Yetter from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewery and wine will be available for sale by the glass.  Plenty of vendors will have hot food and breakfast goodies so come hungry and enjoy the morning!

Huge thanks to Lake Harriet Vet, Nicollet Ace Hardware, The Augustine Team, South Lyndale Liquors, and Bryant Lake Bowl for making the February Winter Farmers Market possible.

Visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “FebMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 2/24 on regular-priced, in-store items only. Market goods not included.

Mark your calendars for the final Neighborhood Roots Winter Market on Saturday, March 24th!

Vendors:

Auntie Annie’s Fields: Chicken, pork, eggs
Bee Happy Honey: Honey
Best Cellar Pickle Co.: Pickles and mushroom jerky
Big River Farm: Produce
Brand Farms: Dried apples, eggs, preserves
Cafe Palmira: Hot coffee, coffee beans
Candor Bar: Paleo Nut Bars:
Calvit’s Shrubs: Shrub drinks
Chef Shack: Hot food
Cherry Tree House Mushrooms: Mushroom Products
Cosmic Wheel Creamery: Cheese, produce
Davidson’s Farm: Preserves, honey
Dumpling: Asian food
Dumpling and Strand: Noodles
Hazelwood Creek: Sauces, pickles
Heath Glen Farm and Kitchen: Preserves, shrubs, condiments
Havlicek’s Orchard: Apples
Johnson Family Pastures: Chicken, pork, beef, eggs
Kiss My Cabbage: Fermented vegetables
Love Tree Farmstead: Cheese
Minnesota Food Forest: Maple syrup, fruit leather
Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn: Preserves, produce
Pottery for the Soul: Ceramics
Sassy Knitwear: Clothing
Sift: Gluten Free: Gluten free baked goods
Singing Hills Goat Dairy: Goat cheese, pork
Spicy Girl Sauces: Salsa and marinades
Squeaky Sailor Soap: Bodycare
Sunshine Harvest Farm: Chicken, pork, beef, lamb, eggs
Sun Street Breads: Bread and pastries
Walsh Ridge Farm: Maple syrup, honey, jam
Weed’s Greens: Microgreens
Whetstone Farm: Produce, fibers
Wild Run Salmon: Alaskan salmon and cod
Wise Acre Farm: Produce


Applications for the 2018 Outdoor Farmers Market Season Now Open!

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a vendor at the Fulton, Kingfield or Nokomis Farmers Markets?  Applications for the 2018 outdoor season can be found at managemymarket.com. Create a vendor account on the site and then find the applications for the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis Markets by searching the zip code 55409. If you are having difficulties with the application process please refer to this tutorial.

All applicants must submit a $25 non-refundable application fee at the time of their application. Please note- only one $25 fee is due regardless of whether you apply to 1, 2 or all 3 Neighborhood Roots farmers markets (Fulton, Kingfield, Nokomis). Checks can be made out to Neighborhood Roots and sent to our office at: 3754 Pleasant Ave. S, Ste 210, Minneapolis, MN 55409. The market application period for the 2018 outdoor season opens on January 5th and closes on Feb. 18th. If you have any questions about the application process, please get in touch at: info@neighborhoodrootsmn.org.


Winter Farmers Market, January 27th!

Thaw out from the cold and stock up on local goodness at the first Neighborhood Roots Winter Market of 2018!  Join your friends and neighbors in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave S) from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm to shop for local veggies, pasture raised meats, farmstead cheeses, preserves, maple syrup, honey, fresh bread, and much more.  Local growers and food producers still have so much to offer this time of year!  Make it a new years priority to keep your diet close to home and nourish your family with fresh, local, foods from the winter market.

The January market is a great reason to get out of the house on a chilly Saturday morning.  Enjoy live music from Bob and Lynn Dixon from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and the Roe Family Singers from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Tasty beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewing and wine will be available for sale by the glass. Plus lots of  breakfast and lunch options from several talented vendors!

Big thanks to Lake Harriet Vet, Nicollet Ace Hardware, The Augustine Team, South Lyndale Liquors, and Bryant Lake Bowl for making the January Farmers Market possible!

Visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “JanMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 1/27, on regular-priced, in-store items only. Market goods not included.

Mark your calendars for the Neighborhood Roots Winter Markets on the Saturdays of February 24th and March 24th all from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at 6010 Lyndale Ave. S.

Vendors!

Auntie Annie’s Fields: Pork, chicken, eggs
Bodylish: Soap and bodycare
Bogart’s Doughnut Co.: Doughnuts
Brand Farms: Apples, apple chips, doughnuts
Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest Farm: Lamb, beef, chicken, pork, eggs
Cafe Palmira: Coffee beans and hot coffee
Cosmic Wheel Creamery: Cheese, produce
Groveland Confections: Chocolates
Havlicek’s Orchard: Apples
Hazelwood Creek Farm: Pickles and sauces
HeathGlen Farm and Kitchen: Preserves, condiments
Johnson Family Pastures: Beef, chicken, pork, eggs
Jules Loft: Bird feeder art
Kiss My Cabbage: Fermented vegetables
Love Tree Farmstead: Cheese
Martha’s Joy Pickles: Pickled vegetables
Mary Dirty Face Farm: Certified organic apples, preserves
Nokomis Knitting Company: Knitted items
Patti’s Granola: Granola and roasted nuts
Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn: Produce, pickled vegetables
Red Clover Apothecary Farm: Herbs, tinctures, and salves
Root to Rise Kitchen: Vegan comfort food
Singing Hills Goat Dairy: Goat cheese, pork
Sun Street Breads: Bread, pastries
Twin Cities Paella: Paella
The Beez Kneez: Honey, mustard
Walsh Ridge Farm: Maple syrup, honey, preserves
Weed’s Greens: Microgreens
Whetstone Farm: Produce, lamb, wool fiber
Wild Run Salmon: Wild caught Alaskan salmon
Wise Acre Farm: Produce
Wozupi Tribal Gardens: Produce