GLOBAL GROCERIES | Starting a new farmers market in Minneapolis isn’t easy

Todd Douma and Brad Tetzloff quickly learned that starting a farmers market from scratch in Minneapolis isn’t for the faint of heart. But after three years of planning, the Nokomis Farmers Market is finally open for business.

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Cafe charging "minimum wage fee" to "offset state increase of minimum wage for tipped employees"

A reader sent Bluestem the photograph of a tap from a restaurant in the east metro, to which a "minimum wage fee" of thirty-five cents has been tacked on to a fifteen dollar tab.

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National Farmers Market Week — Fresh veggies, friendly farmers, and something for the philatelist!

As we all know, everything’s coming in a little late this year – including the news that this very week, August 3-9, 2014 is National Farmers Market Week! Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack thus declared the fifteenth annual observation in an official proclamation. The USDA is quick to remind us that there are “Thousands of Reasons to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week” — but we already knew that…. [http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/08/04/thousands-of-reasons-to-celebrate-national-farmers-market-week/]

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Kräftskiva: Food, beer and Haley Bonar outside the Bachelor Farmer

Saturday night outside the Bachelor Farmer felt like the summer night we deserve in Minnesota after last winter. The weather was a little dicey - it rained for a while - but it just didn't matter. People of all ages were there to see music, eat fancy picnic style food and drink a little local craft beer in a fun parking-lot location above the Mississippi and overlooking the back of the downtown skyline. (What a pretty city!)

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Jack Dog Farms: Urban farming in South Minneapolis

The Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods have many assets: lakes, parks, restaurants, shops, light rail, a farm. Wait a minute! A farm? In the city? You betcha. It’s called Jack Dog Farms, and it’s located on the southwest corner of Standish Ave. and E. 38th St.

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A future for the Midtown Farmers Market grows more certain

The Midtown Farmers Market, well into its 12th year of operation at the corner of Lake St. and Hiawatha Ave., is a bustling place that attracts shoppers from the surrounding neighborhoods as well as other parts of South Minneapolis. On Saturday mornings and Tuesdays afternoons, its vendors come from Minnesota and Wisconsin with home-grown or handmade items for sale. Musicians entertain people who have stopped to rest or to eat food cooked in booths or food trucks. Many people consider it a neighborhood gem.

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Sabes JCC's community garden promotes connection to Jewish values

Greenery surrounded Makai Dorfman, Judaic and garden specialist at the Sabes JCC’s Camp Olami, as he enthusiastically walked through the garden that he helped create. He explained its unique qualities.

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University of Minnesota combats food supply issues with MnDRIVE

(Photo by Holly Peterson) College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor Nicholas Phelps explains aquaponic farming in a greenhouse in St. Paul on July 25, 2014. Phelps’ project is one of 17 receiving funding from MnDRIVE.

With government dollars and partnerships with industry in tow, the University of Minnesota’s research powerhouse is turning its gaze to addressing global food security, safety and sustainability.

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Embracing change at the Saint Paul Farmers Market

I love the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market. It’s the best one in the Twin Cities. Many weekends, I’ll ride my bike down the bluff from my West Side apartment to hang out in Lowertown. I usually wander around and spend a few dollars before going up West 7th street to do some errands.

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More than art: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl promotes healthy eating

(Photo by Sagirah Shahid)

This year’s FLOW Northside Arts Crawl brought more than just great art. Organizers promoted healthy eating as one of the main messages of the festival.

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