A sample of the fresh vendors at the local farmers markets:
Fulton Farmers Market, late August thru September
Bloody Mary mix, tomato paste and other tomato products come from a horse farm and homestead in Hastings, Minn. Horses provide much of the power on the farm, where horses till the fields and spread manure.
Linden Hills and Fulton markets
Recent college grad Rachel Thompson saw liège waffles everywhere she looked when she studied in Ireland and traveled Europe. She never made it to Belgium to give the real thing a try, but eateries from New York to Chicago couldn’t live up to the chewy, buttery texture she imagined.
“I was determined to figure out a recipe I liked,” she said.
She mastered the liège waffle, graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in design and business, and decided to try selling waffles at the market this year.
“If not now, then when?” she said.
Each waffle is cooked fresh at the markets, and Thompson recommends nothing more than powdered sugar on top.
“I have brown butter roasted caramel that’s amazing, but they don’t need it,” she said. “There is nothing better than a warm liège.”
Kingfield and Linden Hills markets
“Enthusiastic home cook” Phil Calvit threw lemongrass and ginger on the stovetop in search of an alternative to soda or ginger beer. His drink mixers have become famous with his dinner party guests, so he decided to bottled them.
“I was looking for something interesting to drink after I quit drinking,” he said.
The longtime ad copywriter has worked on product launches for companies like Coca-Cola.
“I know my way around a bottle or a can,” he said. “I came up with a lot of clever stuff. But the designer said, ‘Just name it Calvit’s.’”
Calvit discovered that his name is a designer’s dream, with its hard consonant in front and design-friendly “V.”
Bottles including beet-ginger and tomatillo-tamarind will be at the market, and Calvit will also pour club soda over shrubs with ice.
Vegan, paleo snack bars made from nuts.
A 3rd generation organic farm based in Cannon Falls, half of which is cropland and half a mix of forest and grassland. In addition to vegetables, the farm offers native prairie transplants for restoration projects and home pollinator gardens.
Quinoa-based cake batters, coconut cream frostings and vegan cookies made with almond flour are among the treats created by Numeez. The company started with mother Fallon Vannelli, who wanted to give her one-year-old child sweets that weren’t loaded with butter, flour and sugar. She brings to the market frozen cake batter and cookie dough, along with ready-to-eat cupcakes and cookies.
These organic homemade dog treats are free of grain, corn and soy.
Dumpling & Strand makes fresh — never dried — Asian and Italian noodles, some of which are gluten-free. The lineup includes extra thick spaghetti, buckwheat Asian noodles, rustic egg fettucine and traditional ramen.
Kingfield and Fulton markets
Kingfield resident Richard Mann is selling ginger beer and ginger soda syrups.
Made by a former television photographer/producer/sports reporter, Kerry Klatt aims to perfect classic donut hole bites that range from cinnamon sugar to vanilla glaze.
This indoor farm offers gourmet mushrooms and microgreens grown in St. Paul. The farmers are interested in growing year-round indoors, a technique suited for Minnesota’s climate.
Linden Hills market
A new Uptown bakery with seven flavors of cheesecake.
Linden Hills market
All-natural, homemade marshmallows in flavors like vanilla bean, chocolate chip and mocha.
Linden Hills market
Jars of garlic sauce adapted from an old family recipe, designed to make their “tarita,” or Lebanese grandma, proud.
Linden Hills, Northeast, Kingfield and Nokomis markets
Jen Thorpe packs as much local produce as she can into her fresh cold pressed juices, incorporating ingredients from fellow market vendors. The Java Buzz is made with Bootstrap Coffee Roasters’ beans and Horner’s Corner’s XXX Dark maple syrup.
She also sells concentrated two-ounce “powershots,” like the ginger root shot with lemon, raw honey and cayenne.