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Mill City Farmers’ Market: Local, Sustainable, and Organic

Do you care whether your food is genetically modified Frankenfood?

If the cows were stuffed with hormones to produce more, lower-quality milk?

Whether you’re feeding pesticides to your children? (I mean, maybe some of your kids are pests, especially when they shove a whole roll of toilet paper down into the toilet, put water balloons in the microwave, or use your tampons for G.I. Joe’s army missiles. But, really, do you want to feed Roundup to them?)

If you want to eat healthy, natural food without the risk of GMOs, pesticides, and hormones, then check out the Mill City Farmers’ Market mission: supporting local, sustainable, and organic farming practices. Vendors are required to:

  • Use crop rotation, compost, green manures, and more to build and maintain healthy soil, naturally.
  • Use little or no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Not use genetically modified organisms (GMO).
  • Treat animals humanely, including access to the outdoors, limited antibiotics, and non-GMO feed.
  • Minimize processing of prepared foods, to preserve more of the nutrients.

Click here for the Mill City Farmers’ Market’s sustainability requirements. Only vendors who make this commitment can sell their produce at the Mill City Farmers’ Market.

Explosions, Fires, and Airborne Grain Dust

The Mill City Museum resides in the remains of the historic Washburn A mill, which in its heyday produced enough flour to bake 12 million loaves of bread every day. That’s some serious dough.

In 1878, a spark ignited grain dust and exploded, destroying the mill, and the ensuing fire destroyed five more mills nearby. Some people say that the explosion shook the ground as far away as Wisconsin.

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