- 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, March 24 (VENDOR BOOTHS SOLD OUT)
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, dried herbs and teas, Non-GMO kettle corn, jewelry, chocolates & confections, chaga products, book covers, doll clothes, fiber and fiber arts, handmade clothing, felted art, Sami bracelets, felted book covers, doll clothes, wool items, wooden wall art, goat skins, goat fiber, handmade leather goods, organic grass fed beef, lawn ornaments, concrete yard art, birdhouses, handmade clothing, woven rugs, handcrafted pendants, diffuser bracelets, fishing decoys, cutting boards and serving trays, crochet items, traditional blacksmith work, color pencil artwork, raised garden beds, home decor, oil paintings, and more!
“An international blend of music including French musettes, Irish and American fiddle tunes, Argentinean tangos and a variety of folk songs from around the world.” Fiddle & Squeeze hits the Sprout stage on March 24th from 1pm-3pm.
To start off the Market, Bruce Archer Music will play a unique blend of Americana and country blues infused originals and covers. From new twists on standards to original work, he brings a raw authenticity to his performances.
Stop by the Sprout Kitchen at 12:30PM to enjoy a jerk chicken cooking demonstration by Fortuna Alexander of FAH Tea. Fortuna is one of the first and most frequent food entrepreneurs renting the Sprout Kitchen to produce her product for sale. Her sweet hibiscus tea comes in many flavors including pineapple, tangerine, and ginger. Her teas will be available for sale at the March market. Proceeds from tea sales go to benefit orphanages in Liberia, when Fortuna was raised. FAH Bissap 100% Natural Hibiscus Tea
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.