We’re hiring!

Five years ago, Rebecca Noble joined Neighborhood Roots as the market manager of Kingfield, Fulton and Nokomis farmers markets. Since then, she has coordinated hundreds of market days, managed dozens of volunteers and supported more than a hundred local businesses. Her knowledge and dedication helped transform empty parking lots into vibrant community spaces across South Minneapolis. After five seasons with the markets, she is moving on to new adventures. All of us at Neighborhood Roots want to thank her for everything she has done to make the markets happen.

News like this is bittersweet. We will all miss working with Rebecca, but we are excited to see what the future holds for her and for Neighborhood Roots. Now we have some pretty big shoes to fill! We are currently accepting applications for our next market manager.

If you enjoy working with people, spending time outside and supporting our local food system, please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Emily Lund at emily@neighborhoodrootsmn.org. Read the job description below for more details.

Farmers Market Manager
$16/hr, year-round, hours vary seasonally

Neighborhood Roots is a 501c4 nonprofit that operates Kingfield, Fulton and Nokomis Farmers Markets in South Minneapolis. Our mission is 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 agriculture policy.

Our Market Manager is primarily responsible for vendor and volunteer communications, as well as general market operations. The Manager will work closely with our Executive Director to support our vendors and build strong relationships with neighbors and community partners.

The Market Manager must be available Saturdays & Sundays (6:45am – 2:30pm) from mid-May through October, as well as Wednesdays (2:15pm – 9pm) from June through September. The Manager can schedule one weekend off per month in coordination with staff and volunteers. Administrative work can be done remotely or at our office in the Center for Performing Arts building located at 38th Street and Pleasant Avenue. Strong candidates will have a passion for local food, excellent communications skills and the ability to work well with teams, as well as independently.

View Neighborhood Roots Market Manager listing as PDF

Essential Functions:

Vendor support:
– Oversees vendor application process
– Sets vendor schedules
– Sends vendor invoices and reminders
– Acts as primary vendor contact
– Collects and organizes vendor licensing and paperwork

Volunteer management:
– Organizes volunteers and assigns committee tasks
– Leads Fulton, Nokomis, and Kingfield operations committee meetings
– Supervises volunteers in set up, tear down, and market activities
– Acts as primary volunteer contact
– Plans end-of-year volunteer appreciation event
– Acts as liaison between volunteers and Board of Directors
– Attends monthly board meetings and annual strategic planning meeting
– Recruits volunteers through social media, happy hours, and volunteer resource websites

Market Day operations:
– Guides vendor load in process, directs vendors to stalls and connects vendors with electricity
– Collects vendor dues
– Creates stall maps
– Provides on-site support to vendors, patrons, musicians, artists, master gardeners, volunteers and other community providers as needed
– Supervises events with volunteers or sponsors
– Ensures market area is set up by 8:30 and clean at the end of a market day
– Supervises assistant manager
– Creates day-of social media posts
– Troubleshoots challenges with equipment, customers, vendors, etc.

Administrative support:
– Responds to general market inquiries via phone and email
– Acts as primary contact for vendors, volunteers, and customers
– Adjusts market schedules to accommodate cancellations
– Writes market newsletters
– Inventories merchandise and places orders as needed
– Schedules musicians
– Assists with preparations and day-of implementation for meetings & special events
– Updates website

View Neighborhood Roots Market Manager listing as PDF


Give thanks! The Holiday Market is Sunday, Nov. 11th!

Sunday, Nov. 11th is the Neighborhood Roots Holiday Market!  Head to the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm and find all the local foods and handmade gifts you need for amazing holiday celebrations this season.

Many of the awesome local farmers from the Fulton, Kingfield, and Nokomis Farmers Markets will be in attendance.  These hard-working folks will be bringing pasture raised meats, farmstead cheeses, apples, cold-hearty produce, maple syrup, and much more.   Talented food makers will have fermented veggies, preserves, pickles, sauces, and baked goods.  A number of craftsmen will be bringing beautiful handmade items so you can get all of your gift shopping done early.

The Holiday Market is great for shopping as well as a fun festivity!  Enjoy beer, mimosas, or wine available for sale by the glass along with great live music all morning long, including tunes from one-man-band Blood Brother and Guzheng music from Jarrelle Barton. Be sure to stop by the Bachman’s photo stage to snap some memories and check in at the raffle table to purchase a ticket for the chance to win an amazing market gift basket!  All proceeds from beer and wine sales and raffle ticket sales go to support the Neighborhood Roots Farmers Markets and help ensure that they keep going strong for years to come. Huge thanks to Bachman’s Garden Center, Lakes and Legends Brewery, Lake Wine and Spirits, and our awesome vendors for their generous contributions. The markets would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to HERO Heating & Cooling, Augustine Team, and Nicollet ACE Hardware.

Join us at every winter market this season and be sure to invite your friends and family! Mark your calendar for the 2019 Winter Markets on Jan. 26th, Feb. 23rd, and March 23rd.

November Holiday Farmers Market Vendors:

Barn Swallow Garden: Knitted items
Big River Farms: Produce
Bodylish: Soap and body care
Brand Farms: Apples, eggs, preserves
Brush Prarie Farm: Pickled fruit and vegetables, produce
Cafe Palmira: Coffee and coffee beans
Calvit’s Shrubs: Shrub drink mixers
Chef Shack Ranch: Nachos and brats
Clover Bee Farm: Produce
Cosmic Wheel Creamery: Farmstead cheese
Crankosaurus Press: Screen printed tea towels
Dancing the Land Farm: Produce, wool fiber
Davidson’s Farm: Produce, honey, preserves
Dawn2Dusk Farm: Produce
Double Dog Kombucha: Kombucha
Go Go Glam Household Goods: Aprons, table cloths, bags
Groveland Confections: Chocolates
Havlicek’s Orchard: Apples
Hazelwood Creek: Pickles, sauces
Heath Glen Farm and Kitchen: Condiments, shrubs, preserves
Holistic Health Farms: Microgreens, vinegars
Idlewilde: Candles
Jen’s Jars: Soup, condiments
Johnson Family Pastures: Pork, beef, chicken, produce
Kiss My Cabbage: Fermented vegetables
Love Tree Farmstead Cheese: Farmstead cheeses
Martha’s Joy: Pickled vegetables
Mary Dirty Face Farm: Apples, garlic, preserves
Minnesota Knife Sharpening: Knife sharpening and refurbished knives
Northwood Mushrooms: Mushroom butter, dried mushrooms
Patti’s Granola: Roasted nuts, granola
Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn: Produce, preserves
Pheng and Blia Yang: Produce
Red Clover Apothecary Farm: Herbs and tinctures
Sift: Gluten Free: Gluten free baked goods
Singing Hills Goat Dairy: Goat milk cheeses
SpringTooth Harvest Farm: Tomato sauces and soups
Sunshine Harvest Farm: Meats and eggs
Uproot Farm: Produce
Walsh Ridge Farm: Maple syrup, honey, jam
Well Rooted Teas: Herbal teas
Wha’ Jamaican: Jamaican food
Wicked Tarts: Hand pies and full pies
Wild Run Salmon: Alaskan salmon and cod
Wise Acre Farm: Produce, meats


2018-2019 Winter Markets!

 

Mark your calendar for the Winter Farmers Markets on Sunday,  November 11th, and the Saturdays of January 26th, February 23rd, and March 23rd from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S).

 


Fulton Bake-Off: Saturday Oct 20th!

The Fulton Farmers Market Bake-Off is this Saturday October 20th!

Pick your favorite fall recipe, make enough for 60 sample size servings (we can cut them) and bring your tasty creation to the Fulton Farmers Market at 9:30 am on Saturday October 20th.

If you cannot make it to the market on Saturday, you can drop them off earlier in the week at our director’s house in Lyndale neighborhood. Email her at emily@neighborhoodrootsmn.org

To enter, please fill out the form below. Please enter prior to the market if possible, however day-of entries will also be accepted.

We strongly encourage you to use local autumn produce in your baked creations! Please include the name of the farmer(s) in the list of ingredients on your entry form.

Not only will you show off your culinary skills, but you will also be supporting the market! Neighbors will purchase a sampler plate of the entries starting at 10 am and vote for their favorite. All proceeds from the bake-off support Fulton Farmers Market. The winner will receive a special market prize pack, and well as fifteen minutes of fame!

Any questions? Email info@neighborhoodrootsmn.org


Kingfield Bake Off: Sunday October 14th!

The Kingfield Farmers Market Bake-Off is this Sunday, October 14th!

Pick your favorite fall recipe, make enough for 60 sample size servings (we can cut them) and bring your tasty creation to the Kingfield Farmers Market at 9:30 am on Sunday, Oct. 14th.

To enter, please fill out the form below.  Please enter prior to the market if possible, however day-of entries will also be accepted.

We strongly encourage you to use local autumn produce in your baked creations!  Please include the name of the farmer(s) in the list of ingredients on your entry form.

Not only will you show off your culinary skills, but you will also be supporting the market!  Neighbors will purchase a sampler plate of the entries starting at 10 am and vote for their favorite.  All proceeds from the bake-off support Kingfield Farmers Market. The winner will receive a special market prize pack, and well as fifteen minutes of fame!

Any questions?  Email info@neighborhoodrootsmn.org

Good luck and happy baking!


Dine out to support the Farmers Markets this fall!

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 this fall!

Dine out at the Edina Grill (5028 France Ave S.) on Thursday, Sept. 27th from 5 pm – 9 pm.  The Edina Grill is generously donating 15% of their sales to the Fulton Farmers Market.

SotaRol (5005 Ewing Ave. S) is hosting a dine out on October 15th!  Stop by from 11 am to 9:30 pm for lunch, dinner or a snack.  SotaRol will be donating 15% of their sales from the entire day to the markets.

Big thanks to SotaRol and the Edina Grill for their support!  Spread the word to friends and neighbors and don’t miss these chances to enjoy tasty food for a great cause!

           


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!