The first weekend in November means Rochester Farmers Market vendors and customers move to the indoor space at Graham Park (Olmsted County Fairgrounds). In November and December, these markets fill two buildings with nearly 50 grower vendors and brunch concessions from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 noon on Saturdays. The beautiful, historic Floral Hall (Bld 31) and Industrial Hall (Bld 35) offer a welcome break from the elements, but all of the same farm families you’ve gotten to know over the summer.

With four market dates this season before Thanksgiving, there is plenty of time to plan a locally-sourced option for a family feast. Sweet potatoes, turkey, pork crown roast, apple and pumpkin pies, lefse, dinner rolls and eggnog are especially popular options and may need to be reserved for pick-up on November 23!

Events and Activities

Indoor Farmers Markets at Graham Park (Saturdays, 9-12):

November 2, 9, 16, 23 (Thanksgiving Market)

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December 14, 21 (Holiday Bazaar)

January 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 7, 21, Apr 4, 18

Check out the December 7 FEAST Farmers Market at the Mayo Civic Center as well!

Recipe - Green Chili from allrecipes.com

We’ve been craving spicy, savory foods with the first freezing nights of the season. Here is a dish that’s great for the slow-cooker and can be made almost entirely from local ingredients, although you may have to substitute store-bought green chilis if you missed them while they were in season at the market:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds cubed pork stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chile peppers, drained
  • 1/2 (3.5 ounce) can chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • onion salt to taste
  • garlic salt to taste
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in cubed pork, and cook until nicely browned and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Let cool.
  • Sprinkle flour over pork. With a wooden spoon, stir pork to coat, scraping the bottom of the skillet to loosen browned bits. Add peppers and onions. Stir in tomato sauce and water. Season to taste with onion salt, garlic salt, and salt and pepper.
  • Return skillet to medium heat. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover, and cook 10 minutes more.

Local shopping list:

Talk to the pork vendors at Rochester Farmers Markets (Hidden Stream Farm, Moenning Meats, LLC, Vreeman Farms) for suggestions on what cut they recommend and how to prepare it.

Peppers, jalapenos, seasoning mixes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, herbs for garnish can be found from local vendors.

You can also pick up eggs, rolls, and tortillas for serving!

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Sometimes, when the market moves indoors for the winter, people ask "What can I buy in the winter from local farmers if I don’t eat meat?" Longtime market volunteer Diane Jerome keeps this list handy to remind folks of the great diversity at winter markets:

Animal Products

Beef, pork, chicken, lamb, bison, turkey, elk, trout, eggs, milk, cheese curds, ice cream

Produce

Squash, carrots, onions, garlic, shallots, potatoes, cabbage, brussels sprouts, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, apples, turnips, parsnips, radishes, dry beans, greens, popcorn, herbs, spices

Specialty

Baked treats, sourdough breads, candies, jams, jellies, pickles, lefse, floral arrangements, porch pots, honey, maple syrup, salsa, soaps, coffee, tea, hot chocolate