Meet the market // Winter wont shut down markets

Each spring, summer and fall week, the Kingfield and Fulton farmers markets host hundreds of people supporting dozens of small family farmers and local craftspeople. Only the winter, which punishes the land, stops our ongoing party.

This winter, we’re fighting back harder than ever. And we hope you’ll join us in saying, “Heck no, we won’t go!”

Though our outdoor season ends the weekend of Oct. 27, we’ll again host our annual Holiday Market — the year’s biggest — on Sunday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the King Park Rec Center, 41st and Nicollet.

Protected from the weather, the Holiday Market is an awesome event for early gift-buying — and believe it or not, Nov. 18 is not too late for produce! Root crops and apples are still available, and an increasing number of farmers have hoop houses that produce fresh greens nearly year-round.

Expected vendors include:

Our fabulous grass-fed meat vendor, Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest Farm

Bakers Bogart Loves and 

Patisserie 46;

Fulton cheesemakers Star Thrower Farms and Singing Hills Dairy and Kingfield cheesemaker Love Tree Farms;

Chocolatier Groveland Confections and caffeine merchants Palmira and Moonshine Coffee;

Food truck all-stars Chef Shack and Foxy Falafel, plus Gai Gai Thai and Broders Cucina Italiana;

Produce pros Peter’s Pumpkins, Waxwing Farm, Uproot Farm and Cherry Tree House Mushrooms;

Apple-seller Veseli Vrsek Orchard and honeymaker Beez Kneez;

Fishmonger Wild Run Salmon;

Clothiers Sassy Knitwear and Plantworn;

Craftmakers Bright Sun Candles, and MiCasa Studios; and 

Personal-care wizards Body Bliss and BodyLish.

We’ll announce several more gift-sellers in coming days, and we’ll also have the best musicians from our outdoor markets for that holiday vibe.

But wait — there’s more!

This year, for the first time, we’re planning monthly Winter Markets to keep our Kingfield and Fulton families together straight through to spring.

Hosted with the excellent folks at Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., in the Windom neighborhood, our Winter Markets will be in the heated greenhouses and nearby buildings, featuring many of the vendors above including (we hope) food trucks!

We’re still finalizing the details, but circle Saturday, Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 23 on your calendars. And if you know an interesting vendor, contact me at [email protected]

We’re planning a few other surprises — things we’ve wanted to do at our outdoor markets but haven’t until now. Keep your eye on this space and we’ll update you in the coming weeks.

David Brauer is chair of the Kingfield and Fulton farmers markets and a former Southwest Journal editor.