2020 Outdoor Market Season

Farmers are essential workers. Farmers markets are essential services. Building a stronger and more resilient local food system is more important than ever. We are working closely with vendors, volunteers and other partners to create neighborhood marketplaces that protect the health and safety of our community.

Markets will be open. Markets will be different.

Here are a few of the changes we are making:

  • Physical distancing – change layout of the market to allow for at least six feet distancing between all vendors, volunteers, staff and shoppers
  • Hand washing stations – provide public access to sanitizer & hand washing stations. Require all vendors bring their own
  • Everyone must wear a mask: Shoppers, staff, volunteers and vendors are required to wear face coverings. If you don’t have one, you can get one at the info table
  • Online ordering: facilitate pre-ordering directly from vendors and organize low-contact pick up options
  • Suspension of market programming: on-site entertainment & educational activities will be suspended for the 2020 outdoor season
  • Suspension of nonessential product sales: limit sales to essential items (food & health/wellness) through June 30th
  • No on-site food consumption: all food will be to-go and no seating will be provided in an effort to limit hand-to-mouth contact, as well as discourage folks from gathering at the market

SHOPPING TIPS: Please follow these guidelines to protect your vendors & neighbors

  • Wear a mask – if you don’t have one, they are available at the market
  • Wash your hands – hand washing stations & hand sanitizer are available at the market
  • Send one shopper per household, if possible – if shopping with children, make sure they know what they can do to help keep folks safe at the market
  • Give folks space – maintain 6ft+ of physical distance
  • Let vendors serve you – do not touch products you haven’t purchased
  • Be efficient – order online* or bring a shopping list
  • Wash your tote bags – wash reusable bags regularly & please don’t set them on market tables
  • Do not eat or drink at the market – please wait to enjoy products at home
  • Stay informed – we send out a weekly e-newsletter that includes vendor/product lists & other timely information about upcoming markets. Sign up today!

* Note: Not all vendors accept online orders. For online ordering information, sign up for our newsletter on our website. To find more information about specific vendors, visit our vendor page.

Neighborhood Roots is a small nonprofit that operates Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis Farmers Markets in South Minneapolis. We are made possible by the efforts of two staff members, a board of directors, dozens of volunteers, a hundred vendors and donors like you. The pandemic has profoundly affected our fundraising opportunities. We need you to make the markets happen. You can make the markets happen by making a donation today.

You can make a bigger impact by becoming a sustaining donor, by setting up a monthly donation on our website. We work year round to support local farmers, small businesses and good food access. Together we can build a stronger and more resilient local food system. Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 


Support our vendors: shop local from home!

Winter farmers markets across the country have been canceled to protect the health and safety of our community. This creates significant hardship to our farmers and other vendors. However, you can still support your favorite local small businesses from the comfort of home! Many of our vendors sell online, by phone or through social media messaging. Follow the instructions and click green links below to order products directly from these awesome businesses.

Please consider making a financial contribution to Neighborhood Roots. Your support ensures our staff continue to be paid during this uncertain and unprecedented time. We need your help to continue to serve our mission and support our vendors. Thank you. Make a donation today.

(Note: This list is will be updated as more information becomes available)

Meat, Eggs, and Cheese:

Brand Farms accepts orders on their Facebook page (apple products & eggs)

Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest Farm accepts orders online (pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free, beef, pork, lamb, chicken and eggs)

Order duck eggs delivered to your home from Clover Bee Farm

Cosmic Wheel Creamery accepts orders online (fresh and aged cheese from grassfed cows)

Driftless Hill Farm accepts orders online (pastured lamb, pork, and chicken)

Johnson Family Pastures accepts orders online (chicken, pork, grassfed beef and lamb)

Visit Lovetree Farmstead Cheese’s website for more information (artisan cheeses)

Support Wild Run Salmon by signing up for their CSF

Produce:

Big River Farms offers CSA Shares on their website (certified organic vegetables)

Brand Farms accepts orders on their Facebook page (apple products & eggs)

Order CSA shares, and greens delivered to your home from Clover Bee Farm

Support Dancing the Land Farm by signing up for a vegetable or flower CSA share, or purchasing a farmers market punch card

Foxtail Farm offers Spring and Fall/Winter CSA Shares

Follow Great Northern Microgreens on Instagram to stay updated on future events (microgreens)

Call Havlicek’s Orchard at (952)758-4386 to order apples and honey

Reserve an apple or fruit CSA share from Mary Dirty Face Farm (certified organic fruit)

Visit Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn website for more information (wide variety of fruit & vegetable products)

R&R Cultivation accepts orders online (locally grown organic mushrooms)

Stop by Tangletown Gardens in South Minneapolis to pick up their greens and veggies

Tutties Fruittie’s will begin offering online sales. Stay in touch on Instagram or email: tuttie.fruitties@gmail.com (certified organic vegetables)

Bedding Plants:

Stay in touch with these vendors as the season approaches to purchase your bedding plants:

Clover Bee Farm
Davidson’s Farm
First Blush Farm and Garden
Foxtail Farm
Grasshopper Farm
Pollinator Works

Flowers:

Contact Jan’s Artisan Garden through their website to order bouquets for pickup or delivery

Pantry staples:

Anga Mangia Granola Me accepts orders via email, email granolameplease@gmail.com (granola)

Cafe Palmira accepts orders by phone or email: text or call (763)742-3717  or email cafepalmira@yahoo.com (shade grown Guatamalan Arabica whole bean coffee)

Kiss My Cabbage accepts orders online (raw cultured vegetables)

Order from Minnesota Food Forest through Facebook messenger (maple syrup, fruit leathers, pickled good and jams)

Num Nuts offers online sales with pickup in Edina or delivery in SW Minneapolis

Patti’s Nuts & Granola accepts orders online (small batch roasted nuts & gluten-free granola)

Email Topos Ferments to order or reserve your CSA share, toposferments@gmail.com (fermented vegetables)

Message UMSF Preserves via Instragram to order for delivery (jams and preserves)

Email Dan from Walsh Ridge Farm to get your honey, jams, and maple syrup dan@walshridgefarm.com

Well Rooted Teas accepts orders online (local organic teas)

Buy coffee beans from Wildflyer Coffee on their website

Body Products and Wellness:

Mayamade Soap accepts orders online: use coupon code Neighborhood Roots to receive 20% off your order. (handcrafted small batch local/organic soaps)

Red Clover Herbal Apothecary accepts orders online (herbal extracts, teas, oils and salves)

Crafts:

Crankosaurus Press accepts orders online (screenprinted cards, tea towels, and napkins)

Go Go Glam Household Goods can be reached at sandra821@yahoo.com (hand-sewn household goods)

Jules Loft offers online ordering (edible garden art/bird feeders)

Nokomis Knitting offers online sales, with custom orders available (hand-knit goods)

Wyrd Sisters has an online shop (jewelry and clothing)

Ready to eat foods:

Follow Bakery Box on Instagram to find out how/where to buy their products (doughnuts & other pastries)

Fruit & Grain offers delivery and porch pickup for folks to get their pastry

Order from The Lupine Lady on Facebook or Instagram (variety of sweet treats)

Follow Northern Fires Pizza on Instagram to stay up to date

Order from Nana’s Bake Shoppe for pick up in Minnetonka (baked goods)

Sunstreet Breads is open for take-out, with online ordering available (bread and pastries)

More vendor information will be added as it becomes available. If links are not working, please contact emily@neighborhoodrootsmn.org



We’re hiring!

We are now accepting applications for Market Day Staff for the 2020 outdoor season! This is a great opportunity for early risers who want to spend time outside, meet new people and support our local food system. Scroll down for the complete job description and link to the application form. Priority deadline is March 20th. Applications will be reviewed upon submission. Applications remain open until the position is filled.

Contact Emily with any questions: emily@neighborhoodrootsmn.org

(Click here for a PDF of the Market Day Staff job description)

Market Day Staff Job Description

Position: Market Day Staff for Fulton, Kingfield, & Nokomis Farmers Markets
Position Type: Seasonal/Part-time May through October
Compensation: $12.00/hour
Reports to: Market Manager
Application Requirements: Submit application form on our website www.neighborhoodrootsmn.org/hiring_2020
Due: Priority deadline March 20th. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Start Date: Week of May 11th

Neighborhood Roots operates the Fulton, Kingfield, & 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, promote vibrant community and locally owned businesses, and affect important changes in food and agriculture policy.

Overview: Market Day Staff 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: Fulton, Kingfield, & Nokomis. Market dates and hours are listed below:

Fulton Farmers Market
Saturdays 8:30am – 1pm
4901 Chowen Ave, Mpls
May 16th – October 24th

Kingfield Farmers Market
Sundays 8:30am – 1pm
4310 Nicollet Ave, Mpls
May 17th – October 25th

Nokomis Farmers Market
June 17th – Sept 30th
Wednesdays 4 – 8pm*
5167 Chicago Ave, Mpls
*closes 7:30pm in Sept

Shifts include time before, during, and after the hours the markets are open to the public. Saturday & Sunday shifts are 7am – 2:30pm. Wednesday shift is 2:30pm – 9pm. Shifts may end early, if volunteers are scheduled to help out. You can apply to one, two or all three markets. Clearly state your preference in your application.

This is an outdoor position. The markets are open rain or shine. This position is suited to people who want to wake up early, spend time outside and learn about our local food system.

Essential Functions:
– 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
– Conduct SNAP-EBT, credit card, & merchandise sales
– Assist with bookkeeping and data tracking
– Support execution of special and weekly events including but not limited to demos, music, and family-friendly activities
– 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:
– Positive attitude
– Punctuality
– Excellent customer service skills
– Ability to adjust to changing conditions and priorities
– Basic 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

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

NEIGHBORHOOD ROOTS IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where diversity is valued, supported and celebrated to benefit our vendors and customers. Women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and people from indigenous communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

(Click here for a PDF version of the Market Day Staff job description)

 


Farmers markets move inside for the winter!

Even though it’s cold outside, you can support your farmers all winter long!

The Neighborhood Roots farmers markets are moving inside to the greenhouse at Bachman’s on Lyndale this winter.

Join vendors from Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis farmers markets to stock up on produce, meats, cheese and eggs, along with breakfast and lunch, packaged foods, canned goods and handmade crafts.

Spend your grocery dollars directly with our produce farmers to buy fresh greens, radishes, cabbage, mushrooms, winter squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, onions and other storage crops. Stock your freezer with pasture-raised pork, beef, chicken, and lamb from Driftless Hills Farm, Johnson Family Pastures, Dancing the Land Farm and Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest Farm. And don’t forget to pick up eggs from Braucher’s and Brand Farms. Matt Oxford from Wild Run Salmon will have wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Visit Lovetree and Cosmic Wheel Creamery for farmstead cheese. For apples visit Havlicek’s Orchard, Mary Dirty Face Farm and Brand Farms. Pick up micro greens from Great Northern Microgreens, and purchase a grow kit so you can grow your own at home. Dancing the Land and Whetstone Farm will be bringing wool yarn from their flocks of sheep.

Stock your pantry with granola, lacto-fermented vegetables, honey, maple cream, fruit leathers, maple syrup, jams, pickles, and sauerkraut.

Pick up a cup of coffee from Wildflyer Coffee, and don’t forget to buy beans from both Wildflyer and Cafe Palmira. Enjoy pastries and doughnuts (including vegan options) from Bakery Box and Sunstreet Breads, and Arie from Northern Fires Pizza will be serving up a surprise (it won’t be pizza).

As far as handmade crafts, look for pottery, bird feeders, hand-knit goods and toys and accessories for dogs and cats.

Grab a drink from the bar where all proceeds support Neighborhood Roots farmers markets, and enjoy music by both Steve West and the Northern Stars and Matt Yetter.

A huge thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, Book Club Restaurant, Hero, Nicollet Ace Hardware, and the Kamie Augustine Team.

Neighborhood Roots indoor winter markets

Where: Bachman’s Garden Center, 6010 Lyndale Ave.

When: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 14

 


Fall Bake Off Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our Fall Bake Off series! Special thanks to all the bakers who submitted their favorite autumn treats, as well as everyone who purchased a sample plate and voted for their favorites. This fundraiser helped support all three of the Neighborhood Roots markets, Kingfield Farmers Market, Fulton Farmers Market and Nokomis Farmers Market. Our mission is to bring neighbors together to buy, eat and learn about local food. Thank you for your support!

Heading over to Fulton neighborhood, the winner is Megan Borgert-Spaniol with Pumpkin Snickerdoodles followed by Sarah’s Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake. Looks like Fulton folks really appreciated the incorporation of autumn produce into the entries. Great work, bakers.

Last but not least, our Kingfield tasters ranked Lee Watkin’s Apple Delight Bars at the top! It was a squeaky close race with Laura’s Apple Fritters and Dave’s Pecan Pie Bars. That caramel apple drizzle might have cinched the deal. Simply delightful work, everyone!

If you are inspired by our contestants, head over to your neighborhood farmers market to pick up ingredients for your next adventure in seasonal baking. You will find fresh apples, pumpkins, honey, maple syrup and more to make this fall extra sweet and delicious. Share your favorite recipes with us on Instagram (@neighborhoodrootsmn) or on the market pages on Facebook (@kingfieldmarket @fultonfarmersmarket @nokomismarket).

Want to know what’s happening at the market? Sign up for our newsletter! Just fill out the form to the right of this blog post. Love your market? Become a volunteer or donor today! The markets cannot happen without awesome neighbors like you.


Bake-Off Entry? Tell us here!

Season 2 of the bake-offs are finally (almost) here! Let us know if you plan to attend or bring a baked good with the links below!

Kingfield Bake-Off – September 15th
Entries are due at 9:30am and judging starts at 10!
Facebook Event
Entry Form

Nokomis Bake-Off – September 18th
Entries are due at 4:30pm and judging starts at 5!
Facebook Event
Entry Form

Fulton Bake-Off – September 21st
Entries are due at 9:30am and judging starts at 10!
Facebook Event
Entry Form


Prove Your Dough at the Bake-Off

Much like the superheroes on TV, behind each of our favorite local businesses lies an origin story. While some of us have only heard of “Bakewell tarts” from shows like the Great British Bake Off, Jessica Pearse grew up visiting England with her family where her nana always had a tin of British treats waiting at her house. She loved working in the kitchen with her and learning about the history of the snacks. When she came back home to the US though, she found it hard to find the classic treats she grew up with at the same quality that they were in England. Jessica played with the idea of starting her own business, but the prospect was daunting. Instead of jumping in all at once, she explored the possibility slowly and carefully. During their weekends, she would explore the Minneapolis neighborhoods with her husband. They’d pick a business or area they wanted to try and go check it out. As they did this, she picked up things she liked and disliked about different stores and noticed that there were no classic British baked goods around!

One weekend, she stumbled across the Neighborhood Roots website and saw our post about the Fulton Bake Off. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to test one of her flagship recipes: Cherry Bakewell Squares. Though a small contest, it still gave her a chance to hone the recipe and get feedback from the community while she worked towards opening her own shop. When she won the contest, it was a huge boost of confidence and gave her another reason to believe her dream is possible. She’s currently still moving forward with her idea and researching the licensing and permits needed. Her store, named after her nana, Blanche Wade, will be called Nana’s Bake Shoppe and is set to launch in October as a cottage food business. Her focus will be on the traditions she grew up with around British baked goods and the history of her family while also honoring her own nana.

Their slogan will be “Baking memories, one British treat at a time.” Jessica and her husband hope that their treats will remind people of their own visits to grandmother’s house (or nana’s as the case may be). It’s been a long road even to get this far, and Jessica is so excited to see where her dream takes her. Like many of our vendors, Jessica will start in markets and as an online business for private orders, with the hope of eventually making it to her own store. Keep an eye out for her this fall! We can’t wait to try more of her recipes.


Bake-Off Season 2!

It’s time for the great Neighborhood Roots bake-off, season 2!

Just like last time, all you need to do is make 100 sample sized bites of your favorite baked item and bring your creation to the info table. We know 100 samples sounds like a lot, but even 25 cookies or your standard 9×11 baking dish can bear that many!

If you can’t make it to the market, contact Emily at emily@neighborhoodrootsmn.org to make alternative arrangements.

For just $5, your neighbors will purchase a sampler plate of all of the entries and vote their favorite. Eating Judging will start after and all proceeds will support the market. The winner will receive a special market prize and 15 minutes of fame!

Dates and times for each market are below, along with links to the Facebook events and entry forms! Let us know if you have any questions.

Kingfield Bake-Off – September 15th
Entries are due at 9:30am and judging starts at 10!
Facebook Event
Entry Form

Nokomis Bake-Off – September 18th
Entries are due at 4:30pm and judging starts at 5!
Facebook Event
Entry Form

Fulton Bake-Off – September 21st
Entries are due at 9:30am and judging starts at 10!
Facebook Event
Entry Form


Nokomis Bake-Off Winner!

Smiles like this one can only be found after eating delicious baked goods. Thanks to our Nokomis neighbor Abby Crow and her amazing chocolate chip cookies, there were many happy faces at the market last night!

Congratulations, Abby! Please enjoy your fame, glory, and bragging rights. (And stop by the info tent soon to pick up your prize!)