In July we talked about the importance of “buying local” whenever possible and filling your car or truck with local fuels such as E85 and E15. Let’s talk “buying local” for our stomachs now!
Get ready to grill like a pro or pull out a favorite family recipe and celebrate National Farmers Market Week. This celebration runs August 4-10, 2019 and is a great opportunity to show local communities how much value markets bring to communities. During the 7 day celebration there will be fun events, specials, contests, and activities. The week helps to boost market attendance and visibility! Farmers markets help preserve farmland, stimulate local economies, increase access to nutritious food and support healthy communities.
One market you may want to check out is in downtown Minneapolis. Bring your cloth bags or wagon to fill with a wide variety of vegetables and in-season fruit at the Mill City Farmers Market (MCFM). MCFM is a non-profit organization that was founded in June of 2006 by farm-to-table chef and restaurateur Brenda Langton, in collaboration with the Mill City Museum. With over 120 local farmers, food makers and artists, MCFM strives to build a local and sustainable food economy in a vibrant, educational marketplace.
The outdoor Saturday market runs May through October and is located next to the Guthrie Theater on 2nd Street S. and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis’ Downtown East neighborhood. Just down the street is Bobby & Steve’s Auto World on Washington Avenue South. Not only do they provide a local fuel with E85 but they also have a great service department, lunch counter and car wash.
More than just vegetables
Each farmers market has its own local flavor and serving a specific area of the community, which leaves just one question. What will be your favorite purchase at the next farmers market?
Did you know farmers markets can provide everything needed for landscaping as well, such as: bedding plants, compost, mulch, seeds, trees and other unique local sustainable products? The Bar Bell Bee Ranch in Grand Rapids, MN provides honey, bee products, bees/pollen, workshops/classes and more. While in the area you can stop by Casey’s General Store for E85 or E15!
If you are unable to participate in National Farmers Week don’t worry, there are farmers markets throughout the entire state of MN nearly every day of the year. Click this great resource to find the market close to home or while you are traveling to a destination on E85 or E15.