One of Mill City’s first ever food vendors, the Chef Shack food truck, assembles bison burgers, veggie burgers, bacon brats, pulled pork nachos, tacos and more. Gorkha Palace serves authentic, organic-fueled Nepali, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. Depending on season, Gorkha has plates of beef momo (steamed pot stickers, filled with vegetables and spices), turkey momo, yak momo, vegetable curries and daal (lentil soup). Wood fired pizzas made from meat, veggies and cheese sourced at the market are on offer at Northern Fires. Black Cat Natural Foods’ signature dishes include “The Donner” (egg, sausage and cheese sandwich), the Market Omelette (seasonal herbs and vegetables) and BBQ Pulled Pork Hash, plus seasonal pancakes, sandwiches and rice bowls. 3 Bear Oats has organic, gluten-free steel-cut oatmeal with a variety of toppings. For dessert, there’s ice cream, sorbet and gelato at Sonny’s Ice Cream, the legendary baked goods from Salty Tart and gluten-free bakery items from Sift.
Activities & Events
Mill City is as much a classroom as it is a market. A free 20-30 minute cooking class is held every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., featuring items sourced at the market. Samples and printed recipes are available at the end of each class, which often features a local celebrity guest chef and themes like the annual Bread Fest.
The Meet Your Vegetables demonstrations and Power of Produce vegetable tasting booth gives kids a deeper dive into the seasonal items at the market. Other kid-friendly activities include Guthrie Story Telling and Mini Farm programs.
The Tuesday night market additionally features beer and wine nights once a month, lawn games, and four acres of park space to race around or relax in. Finally, free yoga classes are held at most markets and there’s always live music.
For up-to-the-minute changes, times and special events, check the Mill City Farmers Market schedule.
Mill City has no shortage of crafts and take-home items. Pottery, textiles, knitted clothing, ceramics, prints, jewelry, woodwork and many other artisans can be found here. Organic body care products include soap, oil, creams, butters and even beehive products. In addition to the multitudes of produce and raw ingredients, one can buy honey, syrup, coffee, jam, pickles, kimchi, salsa, tea, flowers and plants.
Street parking for the Saturday market can be competitive. For those eager to dive into the market without a lengthy parking scavenger hunt, the nearby, pay-per-hour Guthrie Theater parking ramp is a quick solution. The nearest light rail stop, for both the Blue and Green Lines, is U.S. Bank Stadium, about three blocks away.
Being on the edge of downtown, there are numerous nearby attractions that can add up to a full day of activities. The world renowned Guthrie Theater is mere steps from the market, as is the Mill City Museum, which details the development of Minneapolis around the flour milling industry. The Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park are among the best Instagram spots along this part of the Mississippi River. Across the river is St. Anthony, one of the oldest settlements in Minneapolis. Of course, downtown itself has numerous eating drinking, music and sporting enticements.