New farmers market vendors in the spotlight

Tbsp. Waffles are made fresh at the Linden Hills and Fulton markets. Submitted photo

A sample of the fresh vendors at the local farmers markets:

Mary Made Simple and Spicy

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.

Tbsp. Waffles

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.”

Calvit’s Drinking Shrubs

Kingfield and Linden Hills markets

Image courtesy of Linden Hills Farmers Market
Image courtesy of Linden Hills Farmers Market

“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.

Candor Bar

Fulton market

Vegan, paleo snack bars made from nuts.

Sogn Valley Farm

Nokomis market

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.


Fulton market

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.

Bixby’s Barkery

Fulton market

These organic homemade dog treats are free of grain, corn and soy.

Dumpling & Strand, Noodlers at Large

Kingfield market

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.

Kerry’s Donut Bites

Nokomis market

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.

myTerra Farms

Nokomis market

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.

Lulu’s Bakery

Linden Hills market

A new Uptown bakery with seven flavors of cheesecake.

North Mallow & Co.

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.

Green Bee Juicery

Linden Hills, Northeast, Kingfield and Nokomis markets

Green Bee
Image courtesy of Linden Hills Farmers Market

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.