- The Food Hub
- The Marketplace
- The Kitchen
The Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace is an indoor, year-round market that connects our region’s local food and original creations art to Central Minnesota residents and tourists.
Making a Marketplace: Part 1 by Dying to Film
The Market is located in the former Crestliner building in Little Falls at 609 13th Ave NE, Door 8.
Saturday, January 27
Visitors can shop from local vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Fresh produce, Lamb, pork, eggs, baked breads, pies and pastries, canned goods, jams, jellies, soaps, body care, cleaning products, sunflower oil, honey, maple syrup, dried herbs and teas, Non-GMO kettle corn, hemp products, jewelry, chaga products, book covers, doll clothes, alpaca fiber, handmade clothing, felted art, woven rugs, handmade leather goods, lawn ornaments, birdhouses, goat fiber/skins, cutting boards and serving trays, crochet items, traditional blacksmith work, color pencil artwork, raised garden beds, home decor, oil paintings, watercolor art, and more!
Sprout is making more room to host over 40 local food producers, artists, and artisans, who will gather at the warehouse facility to showcase their handmade, homegrown products for shoppers to purchase for the holiday gift-giving season.
“From the rolling hills and farmland of Lake Wobegon come The Song of My People, an Americana string band.” TSOMP hits the Sprout stage at the next Growers & Makers Marketplace, January 27. Photo credit: Anna Min of Min Enterprises Photography LLC
Community members shopping with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can swipe their EBT card to use with vendors selling food products. Shoppers can visit the Sprout info booth to swipe EBT, Debit, and Credit cards in exchange for tokens called “Marketplace Bucks” that can be used at vendor booths during the market. Sprout’s mission to increase access to local food was recently assisted by the Farmers Market Coalition’s Free EBT Equipment Program.
Gift certificates for Sprout Marketplace Bucks will be available for sale and make great gifts. It’s a great way to encourage your loved ones to shop local!
All are welcome to enjoy cooking demonstrations and art performances and to socialize in the winterland atmosphere.
Check back soon for further details!
The Facebook event can be found here.
Download and share the Marketplace flyer.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VENDOR?
Click on “Apply” below to access the Vendor Application.
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace Grand Opening on Friday, April 1 and April 2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m in 2016.
On Friday, the official Grand Opening, presentations, ribbon cutting and lunch with honored guests began at 9:30 a.m. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Rick Nolan, USDA Under Secretary Lisa Mensah and other leaders from our region spoke.
Both days provided a great shopping opportunity for all things local: fresh produce (in April!), beef, lamb, chicken, pork, duck, pet treats, canned goods, wild-caught salmon, popcorn, granola, baked goods, chocolate confections, bird baths, honey, bird houses, jewelry, handmade cutting & serving boards, hand forged items, watercolor art, soaps, hadn spun goat mohair, sheep’s wool, shopping bags, hemp/organic fabrics, hand turned wood bowls, perennial plants, seedlings, and more!
On Friday, Prairie Bay catered a delicious meal in our new demonstration kitchen featuring local carrots, potatoes and greens.
Live music from Merritt Bussiere featured a mix of local musicians such as Mike Soderlund, Don Gorham and Merritt himself.
The Marketplace hosted four holiday markets in 2016 and two in 2015.