We are looking for volunteers to help with the Taste of Madison, which will be an amazing event and memorable experience on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Each volunteer will receive three food tickets per each four hour shift for any of our dishes (you can give them to friends as well). We are requesting a minimum of a four hour shift .
The Mobile Farmers Market will be bringing Native foods to the Taste of Madison for what is almost surely the first time in the major event’s history. Drawing between 80,000-100,000 people, this event will be an unparalleled opportunity to expand awareness of our amazing foods to a completely new audience whose only association with Native foods is likely frybread and Indian tacos, if anything.
Our three dishes are:
- Native Salad: wild rice, white corn, and traditional beans tossed in a wild berry and maple vinaigrette with blueberries and diced apples
- Blue Corn Coated Perch over Wild Rice
- Wild Rice Brat: brats made by Underground Butcher with Nett Lake wild rice served on buns from Madison Sourdough
Despite several great events earlier in the year, the summer of 2015 has been a bit of a slow year for the Mobile Farmers Market due to staffing shortages and unforeseen obstacles. However, we just hired two new staff members, Paul DeMain and Kristin Klingman, and are gearing up for a great fall that will include the Taste of Madison and numerous events in Native communities across the Great Lakes Region and possibly beyond.
We are also excited to announce a new approach to expanding traditional food access. The TSA (Tribally Supported Agriculture) project will be launching this fall in select communities. Once per month, we will ship orders to pick-up sites in each participating communities. More information will be available shortly.
Another effort is working to support Wisconsin wild ricers by providing new market opportunities, especially in areas where such opportunities are currently lacking. We will be purchasing green and finished wild rice from Tribal harvesters. While this specific project is focused on Wisconsin, we’ll still be working with harvesters and finishers in Minnesota and Michigan as well. Contact Paul Demain (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
There’s lots of other activities underway as well, so check back to learn more in the near future.
The Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit will be held April 14-16, 2015 at Oneida, WI. The event will feature hands-on workshops on Tuesday, April 14 and regular conference sessions April 15-16. The Mobile Farmers Market is working with Native chefs who are coordinating the entire menu to source as much Native-produced food as possible.
Event takes place at Minnesota History Center
Thursday, February 19th
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Building on success at its semi-annual meeting last February, we headed back out to the Pacific Northwest for the ATNI (Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indian) annual meeting in Pendleton, Oregon at Umatilla’s Wildhorse Resort and Casino. We again brought ingredients for the hotel chefs to make our native salad recipe (with their own spin) that brought together White Earth wild rice, Oneida’s Tsyunhehkwa white corn, Native Natural Anasazi beans tossed in a wild berry vinaigrette made with Yocha Dehe’s Seka Hills olive oil and Red Lake Nation Foods wild plum syrup. The recipe also included dried cranberries and local fresh garbanzo beans.
The growing season has been off to an extremely slow start in the Great Lakes Region due to lingering effects from the harsh winter and a wet spring/early summer. However, we’ve still had great market events with many more to come. Here’s some pics from this summer’s events, and check out our schedule page for more information on upcoming events.
The Mobile Farmers Market will be at the Waterfront Festival in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8 to help expand awareness of Native food products. We’ll also be at the Wisconsin Tribal Tourism Conference in Oneida, as well as Red Cliff and Bad River next week.