It may still feel like fall, but for various farmers markets, it’s now the winter season as they have moved indoors with their wares. The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market Winter Market will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month starting Nov. 16 and continuing through March. Located in the Solar Arts Building by Chowgirls, 711 15th Av. NE., the market will usually feature more than 30 vendors, plus entertainment, meat raffle drawings, cocktails and local beer at the Chowgirls bar, a dinner menu and more. November’s theme is BYOV, or Bring Your Own Vinyl for the DJs who’ll be slinging tunes. For more information, visit northeastmarket.org.
The Mill City Indoor Winter Market kicks off Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Mill City Museum (704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. It will continue every Saturday through April. Expect to find your favorite vendors from the summer. On Nov. 19, a Thanksgiving Harvest Market Shop will also feature more artisans for those thoughtful hostess gifts you seek. Christmas trees and spruce tops are on tap in December. For more details, visit millcityfarmersmarket.org.
Hardy souls can continue to patronize some outdoor markets, notably the St. Paul Farmers Market, which begins winter market hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 3. Vendors will be in place each Saturday in Lowertown at 290 E. 5th St. To learn more, visit stpaulfarmersmarket.com.
The Minneapolis Farmers Market now is on a weekend-only schedule through November, then shifts to Saturdays only through Dec. 17. It’s twice a month then through April. For more information about hours, visit mplsfarmersmarket.com.
The Maple Grove Farmers Market has twice monthly indoor markets (including next Thursday, 3-6 p.m.) through December, followed by monthly events through May 2017 at Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd. See schedule at maplegrovemn.gov/around-the-city/farmers-market.
We’re a brewing hot spot
The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in Boulder, Colo., has announced a list of cities nationwide where home brewing is on the rise. Minneapolis and St. Paul are among the top spots. Other cities on the list are: Boise, Idaho; Nashville; Phoenix; Rochester, N.Y.; Tampa and Windsor, Calif.
White House garden gets fertilized
The home-gardening company W. Atlee Burpee and the Burpee Foundation have made a $2.5 million gift to establish a permanent White House Kitchen Garden to maintain and further develop an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama. A formal vegetable garden at the White House resurrects a tradition that goes back to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The gift will be made to the National Park Foundation, which is responsible for the garden, and will be made over a 17-year period to cover direct costs to expand and maintain it.