Upcoming Events, TSA, and Store Hours

The Native Market and Gallery, a fixed store location at 1732 Fordem Avenue in Madison, WI, is open from 4:00-7:00pm every Wednesday, as well as when staff are present.  We’re working on expanding regular hours in the near future.  In addition to the Indigenous foods inventory, the store carries an expanding assortment of Native jewelry and art, and is also home to the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s regional office that provides technical assistance to American Indian agricultural producers.

Check the schedule page for upcoming market and special events.  We’ve got a food booth again at this year’s Taste of Madison (still looking for additional volunteers) on Labor Day weekend, and will be at farmers markets throughout the summer.  The van won’t be on the road as much as previous years due to staffing constraints, but check back for more info on a possible tour later this summer.

We are also excited to announce our new regional TSA (Tribally Supported Agriculture) shares ($25 and $50/month options) and TSA ordering website where you can now place orders online.  We are recruiting pick-up sites across the region where we’ll ship combined orders on a monthly basis to reduce shipping costs.  TSA customers will have access to unique, limited-quantity items like Jijak’s Maple Vinegar.

We are hiring!

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is hiring a part-time Sales and Marketing Associate for our Madison regional office.  Please see the position description posted below and submit your application by Friday, May 27th for priority consideration.

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Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin – Wild Rice

By Paul DeMain
Intertribal Agriculture Council

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) through its Great Lakes office in Wisconsin is proud to participate in a cooperative effort with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection called “Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin – Wisconsin Wild Rice to Madison” during the 2015 and 2016 ricing seasons. The effort, which calls for the purchase, processing and marketing of wild rice into Madison, Wisconsin in a test approach, has allowed some analysis of both supply and demand, and marketing needs for this traditional culinary treat revered by Indigenous people through-out the Great Lakes. Read the rest of this entry

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit – Picture and Event Summary

The 2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit held at Gun Lake Pottawatomi’s Jijak Camp from April 21-24 was a tremendous success due to an amazing turnout of individuals and groups willing to share their unique skills and knowledge.

Search #foodsummit and #jijak at Facebook and Twitter for event pictures and posts and go to the link provided here for a beautiful layout of photos and narratives from the event:

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit – Event Summary

Mobile Seed Library

The Mobile Seed Library is a new effort intended to make high quality seeds more available throughout the Great Lakes region. We will be distributing seeds through the mobile farmers market, at special events, and in partnership with community distribution sites. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a community distribution site.

This effort is made possible by support from First Nations Development Institute, Seeds of Change, Seed Savers Exchange, and the Intertribal Agriculture Council.






 

Holiday Gift Boxes

We are still accepting orders for holiday gift boxes featuring Native foods until Friday, December 18th for delivery before Christmas.  Pick-up (Madison, WI) or expedited shipping orders will have a couple more days.

This year’s basic gift box features a half pound of Spirit Lake Native Products wild rice, a bottle of wild berry or maple syrup, and a jar of wild berry jam from Red Lake Nation Foods.  The total cost is only $25, plus shipping.

Click on the PDF file link at the bottom of this post to enter your order in a fillable form.

mobile market gift box order form 2015

mobile market gift box order form 2015

Taste of Madison – Preview

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:

  1. Native Salad: wild rice, white corn, and traditional beans tossed in a wild berry and maple vinaigrette with blueberries and diced apples
  2. Blue Corn Coated Perch over Wild Rice
  3. Wild Rice Brat: brats made by Underground Butcher with Nett Lake wild rice served on buns from Madison Sourdough

Mobile Farmers Market Update

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.

Market event at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in June 2015

Market event at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in June 2015

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.

Wild rice season is almost here

Wild rice season is almost here

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 (pdemain@indianaglink.com) for more information.

There’s lots of other activities underway as well, so check back to learn more in the near future.

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

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.

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North Coast Nosh with The Sioux Chef

Join us Thursday, February 19th for a celebration of Ojibwa traditions and flavors put on by The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman. The Mobile Farmers Market and several other Native food vendors will also have indigenous foods for sale. Visitors will also enjoy access to the “Modern Spirit” exhibit of work by famed Ojibwe artist George Morrison; displays of related items and artwork from and inspired by the Minnesota History Center’s American Indian collection; and an Ojibwe Table Installation by Artist in Residence, Jessica Gokey.
This is an alcohol-free event.
Purchase tickets here: http://tickets.mnhs.org/show_events_list.asp?shcode=610

Event takes place at Minnesota History Center

Thursday, February 19th

7-10 pm

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul,  MN 55102
Directions

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