African Americans celebrated
The Midtown Farmers Market, at Lake Street and 22nd Avenue S. in Minneapolis, is hosting its first African-American Heritage Day on Saturday, celebrating African-American culture and history in the Twin Cities. Activities and entertainment include a cooking demonstration with Corcoran Neighborhood board member William Carlisle, musical performances by Ancestor Energy and Lonnie the L Train, culturally and historically themed tours of the Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery and more. Saturday's market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All about lamb
Get a chef's perspective on preparing lamb with Ian Gray of the Gray House in Minneapolis, a free demonstration and discussion presented in conjunction with the Minnesota Lamb Growers Association. Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Minneapolis Farmers Market, 312 E. Lyndale Av. N., Mpls., www.mplsfarmersmarket.com.
She bagged it
Eleanor Hedlund knows how to "Grow Your Own Thing." That was the theme of the design competition for this year's cloth shopping bag at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, sponsored by Country Financial. The ninth-grader at Academy of Holy Angels received a $1,000 scholarship for her winning design. Shoppers will find the free bags available on occasional days at the market; the next one is Friday.
A tale of good food
What does your littlest shopper need? A colorful board book that tells the tale of produce from market to kitchen. "We're Going to the Farmers' Market," from artist Stefan Page, is a charming new volume from Chronicle Books ($7.99) for toddlers who may still be chewing on their books. ABC flash cards about the farmers market are also available ($14.95). Find them at http://tinyurl.com/luqxgmv.