LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – November 5, 2018 –Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace (609 13th Ave NE, Door 8, Little Falls) will host Corey Medina & Brothers, a Blues-Rock band led by Corey Medina from the Navajo Nation on Saturday, November 17th. The trio of musicians who make the group bears a unique stage presence that sets out to “spread light to dark, and hope to the hopeless” with their raw, soulful, intimate music. The holiday market shopping opens at 10 a.m. with live music starting at 11:00 am, along with a pop-up Prairie Bay Grill lunch and cash bar. Over 40 vendors participate in the market, making handmade, homegrown food, art, and other products available for sale to the public.
A cooking demonstration will take place at 1:30 pm, led by Pillager High School students from the ProStart® program, a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the culinary and management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students of ProStart® may also participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them. Sprout, along with other community partners like the Purple Carrot Market, a startup food co-op in Little Falls, see the benefit of the ProStart program for both local food culture and economic development. “We cannot wait to see these young chefs strut their skills in the Sprout kitchen” says Natalie Keane, a Purple Carrot Market Board Member. “Because the Purple Carrot Market co-op will thrive alongside new local food entrepreneurs and their products, programs like ProStart® are needed to introduce these young, burgeoning culinary artists to the industry,” says Keane. Community members are invited to watch the cooking demonstration and enjoy free samples of the food at the Market.
Corey Medina, a Native American Blues Artist from Shiprock, New Mexico, moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 and collaborated with Incepticons Entertainment. Corey released his debut album "Old Dog Crying" in May of 2015, which was nominated for the Native American Music Awards Best Rock Album in 2016. Corey now plays, writes and produces with the Incepticons team full time and travels with his band known as "The Brothers." Corey refers to “The Brothers” as a representation of the relationship he likes to keep with his fellow bandmates, both from Bemidji, Minnesota, Eric Sundeen on drums and Gary Broste on upright bass. All are welcome to enjoy the free musical performance from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. inside the Sprout facility located at 609 13th Ave NE, Little Falls, Minnesota.
Due to a partnership with Hunger Solutions Minnesota, families and individuals eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now double their dollar at the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace. Shoppers with SNAP can swipe their EBT card at the market information booth to receive tokens, plus an additional dollar for every dollar spent up to $10 in “Market Bucks.” Market Bucks can then be used at vendor booths during the market for any SNAP eligible items - breads, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, and more. SNAP is a federal food assistance program. Benefits are placed on an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT) similar to a debit card. To find out if you qualify for SNAP, call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151 or visit mnfoodhelpline.org for more information.
The community is invited to shop the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace vendors selling local food and art on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 17th and December 8th during 2018, and January 26, February 23, March 23 in 2019. During these markets, through visual and performing art, culinary demonstrations, educational events and more, Sprout showcases community's assets and talents found amongst the variety of cultures across the region, in which the public can participate or attend. In the months of April through September, the Marketplace will host cultural exchange cooking classes, the MINCED cooking competition, educational opportunities for growers and artists, and dinner events to utilize food to tell stories and connect to one another.
The activities are funded through a grant awarded to the Region Five Development Commission by ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund.
Interested shoppers, growers, artists, chefs, and educators who want to learn more, visit www.SproutMN.com and follow the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace on Facebook.