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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July is “Make my market happen” month

What if you didn’t have your favorite farmers market to go to this Saturday or Sunday morning or Wednesday night? What if instead of a bustling market where you can run into your neighbors amidst healthy food, local crafts and music you found an empty parking lot?

It’s a little dramatic to imagine the markets not being there, but the point is a lot that goes into making the Kingfield, Fulton and Nokomis markets happen each week. In fact, it takes two full-time and one part-time staff along with an army of volunteers to pull it off. There are costs for tables, tents, printing, insurance, permits, weekly entertainment, electricity, and salaries for our small but dedicated staff (which we’re proud to say includes health care coverage).

You may be surprised that vendor fees only cover about 40% of what it costs to operate the markets.

We keep vendor fees low to help nurture and support these local farmers and entrepreneurs. You may be surprised that vendor fees only cover about 40% of what it costs to operate the markets. Beyond that, we rely on sponsorship from local businesses and donations from individuals. July is when we’re asking the community to step up and help make the markets happen.

Three ways to support the markets this month!

  1. Buy a raffle ticket at the market — One ticket for $5 or five tickets for $20. Prizes include a Opus Zermatt bike donated by Farmstead Bike Shop and a Weber Grill donated by Nicollet Ace Hardware, and a market basket filled with products sold at our markets.
  2. Attend the “Neighborhood Rootenanny” the evening of July 30th — Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase at all our markets and online.
  3. Simply donate to the markets — Make a donation here if you simply like going to the markets and want them to continue.

Our goal in July is to reach a goal of $5,000 in fundraising. It’s up to you to make the market happen and your financial support is greatly appreciated.

See you at the market!



Now hiring: Assistant Market Manager

Update: This position has been filled as of May 1st.

We are now hiring a part-time, seasonal Assistant Market Manager for the 2016 market season. Applications will be accepted through April 13th, 2016, or until the position is full.

An overview: 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, 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 21st – October 30th. Nokomis is held on Wednesdays from 4 – 8pm, June 15th – September 28th.

This is a seasonal, part-time position with the expectation that Assistant Manager will work an average of 22 – 30 hours during the market season (May – October). The number of hours will increase to about 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 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 2016


Final Winter Market, March 26th!

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Don’t miss the last Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market of the season!  It’s the final chance to stock up on local goodies until the outdoor market season starts on May 21st.  Head to Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) On Saturday March 26th from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm to shop for local meat, amazing cheeses, jam, pickles, fermented vegetables, honey, maple syrup, pies, bagels, micro greens, granola, crafts and so much more!

Enjoy live music from Brian Peterson (9:00-11:00 am) and Finn Street (11:30 am- 1:30 pm).  Beer from Bauhaus Brew Labs and wine will be available for sale by the glass!

Store discount: visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “MarchMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 3/26, regular-priced in-store items only. Market goods not included.

Mark your calendar for the opening weekend of the  Fulton and Kingfield Farmers Markets on May 21st and May 22nd!  Nokomis begins not long after on June 15th. Many thanks to Uptown Heating and Cooling, The Augustine Team, Nicollet Ace Hardware, France 44, and Bryant Lake Bowl for making our Winter Markets possible!


Dine Out and Support the Farmers Markets!

There are three great opportunities coming up in March and April to enjoy delicious food and beverages while supporting the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis Farmers Markets!  Your support helps to keep our non-profit organization strong!

Wise Acre Eatery

On Monday March 7th, Wise Acre Eatery will be donating 10% of their revenue for the day to the Kingfield Farmers Market! Enjoy a delicious meal made with local seasonal ingredients while contributing to the market you love! Wise Acre is open from 9 am to 9 pm on Mondays so stop by for brunch, happy hour, or dinner!Wise Acre Half Sheets

Broders’ Restaurants
Throughout the day on Monday March 28th, all three Broders’ restaurants- Terzo, the Pasta Bar, and the Cucina Italiana – will be donating 15% of their revenue to the Fulton Farmers Market! Enjoy a fun meal out with friends or bring home takeout for a convenient dinner.BCI Color Logo trans

Town Hall Brewery Gives Back
Throughout the month of April, everytime a thristy customer purchases a West Bank Pale Ale from the Town Hall Brewery, Town Hall Tap, or Town Hall Lanes, ¢25 from the purchase will be donated to the Nokomis Farmers Market! Don’t miss the kick-off happy hour on Thursday April 7th from 4-6 pm at Town Hall Lanes!OSP-THB-logo-12.5.2013

Vendor fees account for less than 45% of our organizational operating budget – our 501c4 non-profit relies on support from local businesses and market-goers like you to bridge the remaining gap. Sponsors and independent donations help strengthen our mission of supporting local farms and small businesses, promoting vibrant community, and effecting important changes in food and agriculture policy. Big thanks to Wise Acre Eatery, Broders’ Restaurants, and The Town Hall Brewery for their support!


February 27th Winter Market!

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The February 27th Winter Farmers Market is just around the corner! It’s another great opportunity to stock up on all your favorite locally produced goods and visit the vendors you love from the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis farmers markets.  There will still be hearty produce stored from the outdoor season including apples, root vegetables, dried beans and winter squash.  Stock up on local meats, cheeses, pickles, jams, honey, hot sauce, cold pressed juice, coffee beans, gluten free baked goods and much more! Three tasty prepared food vendors will have a variety of delicious breakfast and lunch items so come hungry.  Enjoy beer from Bauhaus Brew Labs and wine available for sale by the glass.

Live music will accompany your morning shopping trip! The Hawthorn Collection will be playing from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm and One Ukelele will play from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Store discount: visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “FebMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 2/27, regular-priced in-store items only. Market goods not included.

Mark your calendar for the final Winter Market on March 26th! Many thanks to Uptown Heating and CoolingThe Augustine TeamNicollet Ace HardwareFrance 44, and Bryant Lake Bowl for making our Winter Markets possible!

 

 


Nokomis Meet and Greet!

Meet your Market! Interested in learning more about the Nokomis Farmers Market, and how you can get involved in 2016? Join us for an informal conversation at Town Hall Tap on Monday, January 25th between 7 – 9pm. Board members & staff from Neighborhood Roots, the nonprofit organization that operates the Nokomis, Kingfield, and Fulton Farmers Markets, will be on hand to share information about the market and how you can help make it happen, as well as answer any questions you might have. Interested in helping out on market days? Or joining the market Operations Committee? What IS a market Operations Committee? Stop by that night and chat, and / or get in touch at info@neighborhoodrootsmn.org. RSVPs appreciated but not required!


Winter Market on January 23rd!

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Come in from the cold to shop and enjoy the Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market!  On Saturday January 23rd from 9:00 am -1:30 pm vendors from the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis farmers markets will be indoors at Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S). There are still beautiful fruits and veggies available this time of year! Hearty root vegetables, cole crops and apples have been stored up through the winter months and the mild winter has allowed some farmers to continue growing greens in hoop houses.  Delicious meats and cheeses will be available from several local farms so shop to stock your freezer!  Other highlights of the January market include honey, maple syrup, salmon, kimchi, sauerkraut, hot sauce, jams, fruit syrups, pickles, doughnuts, cold pressed juice and chocolates!

The atmosphere will be festive so relax and enjoy the morning.  Nosh on breakfast or lunch from one of three tasty food trucks and sip on a beer from Insight Brewing or a glass of wine. Enjoy music from Steve West and the Northern Stars from 9:00 am -11:00 am and the Roe Family Singers from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm!

Store discount: visitors to Bachman’s on Lyndale can mention “JanMarket” at the store registers to get $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase. Valid 1/23, regular-priced in-store items only. Market goods not included.

Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on foods from local farmers and artisans! Mark your calendars for the final two Winter Markets on February 27th and March 26th. Many thanks to Uptown Heating and Cooling, The Augustine Team, Nicollet Ace Hardware, France 44, and Bryant Lake Bowl for making our Winter Markets possible!

 


2015 By the Numbers!

What do farmers and farmers market organizations do in the wintertime? Beyond planning for our next indoor markets on January 23rd, February 27th, & March 26th, we’re reviewing our year and dreaming big for the future – and we wanted to share some of this past season’s successes with you. What began as a pickup truck full of vegetables parked behind Anodyne Coffeehouse in 2001, has grown into 3 farmers markets – Kingfield, Fulton, & Nokomis – spread across South Minneapolis, and a 501c4 nonprofit organization, Neighborhood Roots.

In 2015 we:Neighborhoods_Roots_stats_15_1 (1) Neighborhoods_Roots_stats_15_2Neighborhoods_Roots_stats_15_3Give today, and help strengthen our mission of supporting local farms and small businesses, promoting vibrant community, and effecting important changes in food and agriculture policy. Vendor fees account for less than 45% of our organizational operating budget – we rely on support from local businesses and market-goers like you to bridge the remaining gap. Thank you for your support of our market community, and we’ll see you in 2016!