After a short break, the Northeast Farmers Market
is returning with its first indoor market of the season on Dec. 15 at the Eastside Food Cooperative
in Northeast Minneapolis.
The opening day of the market, which runs monthly through May, features books for sale from the Friends of the Northeast Library, a performance from musician Matt Yetter and a massage chair, according to Northeast Farmers Market information.
The indoor market offers apples, honey products, homemade jam, hand-rolled spring rolls, grass-fed beef, eggs, bread, desserts, and handicrafts.
Although this is a smaller-scale version of the summer market, each of its 10 vendors this season have been a part of it before, according to Sarah Knoss, who oversees the Northeast Farmers Market.
That familiarity has advantages for shoppers. “We have a lot of loyal friends and fans that like to visit our vendors,” she says via email.
Besides the fact that people can access some of their favorite vendors year-round, it’s about shopping and eating locally. “We bring livability to the community and foster sustainability to the Northeast neighborhood,” she says.
The local nonprofit organizations, artists, and craftspeople that grace the market on a regular basis make it unique, she says.
Although the summer market has been successful over the past 12 years, the indoor market is still growing. “There is traffic from the coop and our fans know that we are there but we are trying to get the word out,” she says.
A number of other local farmers markets, including the St. Paul Farmers Market,
the Kingfield and Fulton Farmers Market
and the Minneapolis Farmers Market, have wintertime sales.
More broadly, “It's really just a way for all of us to get together and enjoy what we do,” she says. “It keeps the us going and motivated to bake, make, and grow.”
Source: Sarah Knoss, manager, Northeast Farmers Market
Writer: Anna Pratt