Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace - Place-based Transformation

Region Five Development Commission

Funding Received: 2016
Little Falls, MN
$440,000
Funding Period: 2 years and 11 months

R5DC is supporting an economic development opportunity that utilizes culinary art, functional and nonfunctional art installations and experiences that intend to make Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace in Little Falls a destination as well a reflection of the unique cultural diversity of central Minnesota.

Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace is a newly constructed 20,000 sq ft local food processing facility, cooking demonstration kitchen and indoor winter marketplace for growers and makers, established by a cadre of thinkers over the last 6 years who hosted its grand opening April 1, 2016. Sprout Marketplace offers a unique community engagement setting that creatively engages residents to design projects and intrinsic/social programming at a one-of-a-kind regional space where art/culture/food increase cultural appreciation and offer positive economic impacts.

WHAT WILL THIS EFFORT DELIVER?

Commissioned ART. Project Core Team members (from Sprout, R5DC, The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa, 3 Cheers Hospitality, The Latino Economic Development Corporation and local grower artists with trusted relationships within Amish and Somali grower communities), will continue to meet with culturally diverse communities to prioritize commissioned art that will reside at the Sprout Marketplace to allow for ongoing conversation and appreciation of diverse cultural heritage. 

Art demonstrations. In addition to commissioned art from culturally diverse artist, grant funds will support performing artists and artist demonstrations coordinated for general public on open Marketplace dates.

Multi-cultural culinary art demonstration and cooking classes. Core team members engage regional culinary artists/chefs to set cooking demonstrations and cooking classes of heritage recipes, alongside community members.

Business classes. Growers and artists will set forth a schedule of learning opportunities, such as succession planning that increase economic prosperity.

Deployment of a variety of art forms selected to address economic development offer mutually beneficial impacts. Artists partner with local growers at Sprout Marketplace to increase economic benefits and livable wages for both. All activities improve our region’s way of doing business, create an improved ecosystem that collectively provides new experiences for residents to financially prosper, and welcome all resident to participate and learn from each other in ways that inspire future initiatives.

LEARN MORE

See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

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Sep 18, 2018
What is a Party with a Purpose? A gathering of persons with a common purpose of supporting an organization and their mission through food and... Read More
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Aug 21, 2018
An August Harvest Cooking Class Featuring Growers Read More
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Jul 17, 2018
This Party with a Purpose serves to support youth development through the Crow Wing County 4-H. The mission of Minnesota 4-H Youth Development is to... Read More
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May 29, 2018
Made famous by Prairie Bay Grill in Baxter, MN, ALL YOU CAN EAT BRUSCHETTA is coming to Sprout! Join Prairie Bay Grill Co-owner & Chef... Read More
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May 16, 2018
Hundreds watched and cheered as three chefs battled it out to win praises from judges Tuesday, May 15, in a competition styled after the Food... Read More
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May 16, 2018
Hundreds watched and cheered as three chefs battled it out to win praises from judges Tuesday, May 15, in a competition styled after the Food... Read More
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May 15, 2018
Forget everything you think you know about culinary competitions. This unscripted, unsifted challenge will grill three local chefs as they face off in the Sprout... Read More
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Apr 27, 2018
We are excited for our upcoming dinner with our partnership with Sprout! Question for the week: What is your favorite vegetable dish? One random comment... Read More
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Apr 26, 2018
The latest information and best practices for new or current growers who want to increase their their yields and improve their stock. This workshop will... Read More
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Apr 25, 2018
Tonight, class was full of vegetables. “Fresh herbs, radishes and a lot of those summer squashes,” said Tomas Zimmerman, chef and owner at A.T. The... Read More
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Apr 24, 2018
Description A Night of Community Supported Agriculture, Learning, Socializing, & Drinks *Participants must be a registered customer at one of our area CSA farms.* Chef... Read More
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Apr 19, 2018
Party with a Purpose and support your local American Legion Riders chapter as they raise funds for youth scholarships. American Legion Riders chapters are well... Read More
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Apr 8, 2018
Join your sweetheart, treat your mother, or go solo for this decadent brunch course and class. Chef Abbott Gould (Nighthawks Diner & Bar, Minneapolis) will... Read More
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Apr 2, 2018
Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace wants to create a legion of locavores. And no, that's not a type of dinosaur. A locavore is a person... Read More
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Mar 28, 2018
Bisque, chowder, gumbo, pho - take a deep sea look into fish soups as well as flavorful vegetarian options. Chef Jason Eslinger will breakdown the... Read More
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Mar 24, 2018
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Mar 20, 2018
Your customers spend 20 hours each week on the internet and social media – so meet them where they already are! This session will teach... Read More
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Mar 14, 2018
Can you roll? You're about to. Matt Annand will walk you through the basics from maki rolls to tempura. You'll get hands on experience with... Read More
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Jotham Walsvik, age 12, is a Wadena County 4-H member who has discovered he has a love and skill for working with wood. It is... Read More
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A community art project doesn’t always turn out as the artist originally intended and James learned that last summer while working on a painting with... Read More
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Feb 24, 2018
Market celebrating the Latino culture. Entertainment by Mario Arroyo, as well as the Pachanga Society. Spanish Tortilla cooking demonstration in the kitchen. Read More
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Feb 20, 2018
Learn the basics to scale up your vegetable operation with Joan Olson of Prairie Drifter Farm. Are you a grower interested in starting your own... Read More
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Feb 19, 2018
heryal Lee Hills and Arlene Jones Who We Are: The “WE” is our organizations (R5DC & Sprout) with Sprout and Region Five coordinating the regional... Read More
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Feb 17, 2018
It just wasn't supposed to work, this business model that said you could grow in the rural area and then sell in the rural area... Read More
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Submitted by The Jon Radermacher Family from Little Falls: We decided to make pelmeni, Siberian meat-filled dumplings. When Sarah was a Peace Corps volunteer in... Read More
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Submitted by The Jon Radermacher Family from Little Falls: We decided to make pelmeni, Siberian meat-filled dumplings. When Sarah was a Peace Corps volunteer in... Read More
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Jan 27, 2018
Marketplace celebrating the Amish culture. Music by The Song of My People Read More
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Jan 23, 2018
Farmers markets are very popular in central Minnesota, but they are hard to find this time of the year. The non-profit organization Sprout hosts an... Read More
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Jan 23, 2018
Farmers markets are very popular in central Minnesota, but they are hard to find this time of the year. The non-profit organization Sprout hosts an... Read More
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Jan 22, 2018
Sprout’s Growers and Makers Marketplace continues its live music stage Saturday, Jan. 27, with Americana string band, The Song of My People (TSOMP). Food producers,... Read More
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Jan 16, 2018
Learn the basics to scale up your vegetable operation with Joan Olson of Prairie Drifter Farm. Are you a grower interested in starting your own... Read More
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Nov 29, 2017
Sprout's next holiday market will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace in Little Falls. Read More
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Oct 30, 2017
Community Spotlight: Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace Read More
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‘Farm-to-table’ as a movement was brought to the forefront in the 1970s by Alice Waters, founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant, among others. Alice’s... Read More
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On a perfect summer night in July, Sprout hosted the inaugural Summer Harvest Dinner at their facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. What follows is my... Read More
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Cocinemos, Let's Cook! was the second of three cooking classes that occurred in the Sprout kitchen over the months of April, May, and June. Maria... Read More
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Oct 6, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC — Region Five Development Commission based in Staples has received a 2017 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for... Read More
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Sep 25, 2017
Sprout is more than a multi-use food facility comprised of a food hub, licensed kitchen, and marketplace. It is also a place for creating memories,... Read More
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SPROUT’S NEXT PARTY WITH A PURPOSE WILL BENEFIT NONPROFIT “HONOR THE EARTH”, REVEAL COMMISSIONED ART INSTALLATION AT SPROUT, AND HOST AUTHOR AND CHEF BETH DOOLEY OCTOBER 2
Sep 24, 2017
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – September 19, 2017 – The next Party With A Purpose at Sprout will benefit the non-profit organization, Honor the Earth; feature...
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Sep 23, 2017 - Nov 9, 2017
Mark your calendars! Career Planning for Artists and Makers, presented by Springboard for the Arts, Sept. 23rd 10am-12:30pm Marketing 101 for Artists and Makers, presented... Read More
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Purple Carrot Market Party with a Purpose at the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace By Susy Prosapio, Purple Carrot Market Manager I’ve learned that two... Read More
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Aug 23, 2017
THE PURPLE CARROT MARKET WILL BE THE FIRST “PARTY WITH A PURPOSE” RECIPIENT AT SPROUT ON AUGUST 23 LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – July 27, 2017... Read More
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Aug 22, 2017
LITTLE FALLS—Sprout is looking for folks who live within 100 miles of Sprout, 609 13th Ave. NE, Little Falls, or in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison,... Read More
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Aug 14, 2017
AVON — Austin Maile may be only 16 years old, but he already has a growing fan base. Read More
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Aug 1, 2017 - Sep 30, 2019
Sprout is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations as well as small businesses to host a “Party with a Purpose” at the Sprout Marketplace in August... Read More
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Jul 28, 2017
Five courses prepared by expert chefs, each featuring a local producer and the freshest offerings of Central MN. Join the featured farmers to dine and... Read More
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Jul 11, 2017
"Are you a grower, artist, or maker looking to turn your passion into profit by establishing your own business? Do you have the spirit of... Read More
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Jun 28, 2017
Join us for a class featuring Somali culture through food, conversation, and dance! You'll learn how to make traditional Somali tea, sambusa, and a tamarind... Read More
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Jun 26, 2017
Sprout is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations as well as small businesses to host a "Party with a Purpose" at the Sprout Marketplace in August... Read More
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Jun 10, 2017
Artists, makers and growers as small business entrepreneurs are invited to attend a free educational workshop to learn business planning basics led by Julie Anderholm... Read More
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May 24, 2017
Come learn to make authentic tortillas, salsa, flautas, and more! Read More
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May 12, 2017
A new market offering local produce, plants, handmade and homemade goods will take place all summer in Little Falls. The Little Falls Mississippi Market was... Read More
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May 9, 2017
Did you know that grants are available from state, federal, and foundations for growers, makers, and artists? In the region, grants have been used to... Read More
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Community Engagement Meeting
May 4, 2017
Who: You! What: Community engagement meeting for the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace–place based transformation Dinner prepared by Annie Humphrey Where: Facility Center Concourse 16126...
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Apr 26, 2017
At this hands-on class, participants will get to hold, smell, and taste the fresh ingredients and the delicious fresh-pressed juice! You’ll learn about the seasonality... Read More
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Apr 21, 2017
LITTLE FALLS—Sprout installed a video booth and launched a shared meal pottery experience to ignite storytelling through food as part of the organization's placemaking strategy... Read More
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Apr 21, 2017
LITTLE FALLS—Artists and growers as small business entrepreneurs are invited to attend free educational workshops to build their business profitability and capacity. The events will... Read More
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Apr 21, 2017
Artists and growers as small business entrepreneurs are invited to attend free educational workshops to build their business profitability and capacity. Read More
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In 1874, Mennonites from the Ukraine brought Turkey Red Winter Wheat to the Great Plains in South Central Kansas. I grew up just a few... Read More
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Mar 25, 2017
SPROUT TO SHOWCASE THE “CULTURE” IN AGRICULTURE – MARCH MARKET LIVE WITH HANS BLIX AND THE WEAPONS INSPECTORS, BEN PENNER FARMS COOKING DEMONSTRATION, LOCAL FOOD, ART Read More
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Mar 20, 2017
LITTLE FALLS—Thinking about buying an electric vehicle but have a few questions? Want to learn more about the cars and charging stations? Attend a free... Read More
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Doughy figure-eights are dropped slowly and subsequently pulled from oil boiling at a perfect roll - the kind of roll that occurs right at 400... Read More
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The intersection of food, art, and culture will again be exhibited at the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace (609 13th Ave NE, Door 8, Little... Read More
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Feb 25, 2017
Join us from 10am-3pm at the Sprout Marketplace in Little Falls. We will be featuring storytellers from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, growers and... Read More
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In just one month after receiving the Artplace America grant to transform the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace (609 13th Ave NE, Door 8, Little... Read More
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Feb 17, 2017
In just one month after receiving the Artplace America grant to transform the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace, 609 13th Ave. NE, Door 8, Little... Read More
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I am Doug LaBorde of DLSmithing. I heard about the Sprout market days about the time I was retiring from being a boilermaker and beginning... Read More
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Jan 28, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017
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Jan 24, 2017
Rural food insecurity remains one of the most vexing challenges in the United States. In central Minnesota, Region 5 is emerging as a leader in... Read More
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Jan 14, 2017
How to Market the True Value of your Farm's Products Read More
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The monthly cultural activities kick off with the first market in two weeks on January 28 where “Youth” (under age 25) of all cultures will... Read More
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Dec 27, 2016
Interview with Dawn Espe and Staci Headley, R5DC Regional Development Planners Read More
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Newsedge: Region Five Development Commission will receive funding from ArtPlace America's 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund; 29 projects were chosen to receive $11 million in funding
Dec 17, 2016
Region Five Development Commission will receive funding from ArtPlace America's 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund; 29 projects were chosen to receive $11 million in funding
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Dec 14, 2016
Listen to Ben Penner, Sprout Marketplace vendor, speak about his grains. His interview starts at 19:20. Read More
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Dec 10, 2016
Dawn Espe, Regional Development Planner for Region Five Development Commission in Staples, talks about a grant they have just received for an ambitious community-building project... Read More
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Dec 10, 2016
Find local food, holiday gifts and decor at Sprout's upcoming holiday markets. The Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace is located at 609 13th Ave NE... Read More
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Dec 7, 2016
ArtPlace America announced the Region Five Development Commission is one of 29 projects chosen, from almost 1,400 applications, to receive funding through its National Creative... Read More
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We’ve been thinking about how strategies in rural areas are being (re)framed with culture bearers, growers and makers in mind. The approaches of First People’s...Read more
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In Part 2 of my interview with Lori Pourier of First People’s Fund/Rolling Rez and Cheryal Hills of Regional Five Development Commission/Sprout Growers and Makers...Read more