Residents weigh in on 2225 East Lake development

Almost 150 people turned out April 3 to hear about proposed plans by Hennepin County to purchase and redevelop 2225 East Lake, the 6.5 acre property between the Lake Street light rail station and the YWCA. Since that time, the County has convened 2 working groups of government staff, development practitioners, and local residents to work through issues related to Sustainable development and Bike/Walk/Traffic connections within the development. Each of these groups has met once, and CNO gathered feedback from residents who participated, including Corcoran residents Jane St. Clair, Tami Traeger, John Paul, Benjamin Tsai, Billy Weber, Gerry Tyrrell, Heidi Traore, Jim Walsh, and Peggy Knapp.Attention paid to bike/walk/traffic and transit users, connections and facilities. “(Fixing) the Lake and Hiawatha intersection is CRUCIAL to the success of any development on this site and unacceptable in its current car-centric design.”“I am disappointed that the office building will be only 5 stories even though CNO is OK with 6 to 10. Continue Reading

Minneapolis farmers market photos capture transactions and diversity

Twin Cities photographer Mark Peterson is at it again. And this time, he wanted to document one of summer’s fleeting moments — the Minneapolis Farmers Market.The prolific local photographer shot over 50 photographs of customer’s transactions with vendors at the Minneapolis Farmers Market on North Lyndale earlier this month. And the results are surprisingly entertaining.Related article: The 30 hottest Minneapolis murals“It’s a moment when people stop walking, stop browsing and actually transact,” Peterson said. “The focus of the whole thing is right at that moment.”Peterson said he went to the farmers market looking for something interesting in the large crowds there, but wanted to get away from the milling about and blank stares. Taking the photos right as the customer handed over money offered a moment of human interaction, he said, and it also offered a sense of nostalgia since using cash is becoming less and less common.“You don’t see the greasy bills and the heavy change,” he said. Continue Reading

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.The new market, located at the corner of Chicago Ave. and 52nd St., is currently in a test phase, and with two Wednesday evenings down and one more to go, no decision has yet been made for its fate for next year. But so far, organizers are calling the Nokomis Market a success.“It seemed like something we needed,” said Douma, a member of Hale Page Diamond Lake Business Alliance, which fostered the market. “Other neighborhood events like Picnic in the Park in July and Frost Fest in January are heavily attended, so we knew the neighborhood would support it.”To open a new farmers market requires licensing with the city’s health department, with vendors and locations in place before applications can be even submitted. Continue Reading

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/] Continue Reading

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.The future of the market has been in question for a couple of years, but recent collaboration between the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), which owns the land, the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO), which runs the market, and a developer, L&H Station Group, has paved the way for preserving it as part of a larger, multistage project. Continue Reading

From classical to hip hop at FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

As FLOW Northside Arts Crawl gears up for its 9th year enlivening West Broadway on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th, it is difficult to describe with words what makes this event special. FLOW is more than a premier art event; it is a community celebration of the many facets that make North Minneapolis a truly unique and meaningful place to live, work, learn and create.Many of those that look forward to FLOW each year might describe FLOW as the best kept secret of the Twin Cities art festival world. While part of FLOW’s beauty comes from the convivial spirit of Northside artists showing and performing Northside art for other Northsiders, FLOW invites people everywhere to experience its stunning mix of emerging and professional artists and innovative public art installations. FLOW is a free event for all ages.During FLOW, West Broadway’s permanent art spaces open their doors with especially welcoming gusto. These include the MPLS Photo Center, Caldwell FIne Arts Gallery and Studio, the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts, Juxtaposition Arts, and the Capri Theater. Continue Reading

Spring grilling: Farmers market pizza

Don’t expect to see a lot of produce if you head to a Minnesota farmers market when spring is just budding (Unless you frequent one of those markets where vendors sell Hawaiian pineapples and South American bananas. Local? Not much.). The season and its goods trickle in to the market, and each week’s discoveries make us even more excited for our next visit. Continue Reading