7 Home Goods Makers to Check out at Farmers Markets This Season

Farmers markets are well-known as a resource for organic produce, local honey, and fresh-cut flowers. But several markets in the Twin Cities are also a destination for handcrafted home goods, such as ceramics, woodworking, throw pillows, towels, rugs, handwoven baskets, candles, art work, and décor. Two of the best for crafts are the long-running Mill City Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday through October in the area between the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater, and the Linden Hills Farmers Market, every Sunday through October beginning May 20, with a lineup of makers curated by Minneapolis Craft Market.

In honor of this weekend’s unofficial kickoff of farmers market season in Minnesota, here are 7 Minnesota makers of home goods to check out while you stock up on tomatoes and zucchini. And don’t forget your market tote. (Or pick one up from maker Jeanne Beatrice, who will be selling her market basket totes handwoven in Morocco out of water reeds or palm leaves and trimmed with leather at the Mill City Farmers Market on May 5.)

Pottery by Adam Gruetzmacher, courtesy the artist

Adam Gruetzmacher

St. Paul­–based ceramicist Adam Gruetzmacher specializes in functional stoneware that references mid-century modern design and the industrial revolution. His pieces marry the ancient craft of pottery with sculptural, minimalist designs with linear elements that are both decorative and functional—so they double as a centerpiece and serveware.

Where: Mill City Farmers Market

When: May 5, July 28, August 25, September 29

More info: adamgruetzmacher.com

Oh Dier wood clock, courtesy the maker

Oh Dier

Woodworker William Dohman has been crafting sleek, stylish wood goods and décor since xx, when xx. Known for his custom wood-lettered signs, cutting boards, serving trays, and geometric jewelry boxes and salt xx featuring colorful painted accents, Dohman has recently debuted a new line of wooden clocks that are at once contemporary and classic.

Where: Mill City Farmers Market

When: May 12, June 16, August 4, and September 15

More info: ohdier.com

A MANO planter, image courtes A MANO


Louisa Podlich started her line of ceramic objects, A MANO, in 2014 after running an e-commerce site that sold handmade goods by other artists. Her colorful, charming pieces range from the functional (tumblers, bowls, and ring dishes) to the decorative (such as a trio of small, paint-dotted “spirit rocks”). Her pieces feature an imperfect, hand-formed look that offer a refreshing, lively touch of the handmade to a shelf or desk.

Where: Linden Hills Farmers Market

Where: July 1, August 5, and September 30

More info: weshopamano.com

House of Talents baskets, courtesy House of Talents

House of Talents

House of Talents is a collection of fair-trade baskets handwoven by artisans in Ghana, founded by Ghana native Kate Herzog in 2009 as a way to give back to her homeland. Featuring colorful accents and woven with traditional techniques in a variety of shapes and sizes, the baskets lend a global, well-traveled look to any room. Use the baskets as a stylish container for kids’ toys or a throw blanket.

Where: Mill City Farmers Market

When: June 9, July 14, and July 28

More info: houseoftalents.com

True Ethic cement candles, courtesy the maker

True Ethic

To help artisans and makers around the world flourish, Laura Bergren was inspired to create True Ethic, a retail store and brand featuring a mix of fair-trade goods by international artisans as well as her own line of home goods. Her unique cement planters and paint-splashed beeswax candles utilize a traditionally industrial material that marries form with function.

Where: Linden Hills Farmers Market

When: May 27, June 3, June 24, and July 1

More info: trueethic.com

Furniture by DeGarmo, courtesy the maker

Furniture by DeGarmo

New this year at the Mill City Farmers Market, Furniture by DeGarmo is a design/build studio by furniture maker TiAnna DeGarmo. She specializes in one-of-a-kind, heirloom-quality furniture that blends Asian and Scandinavian design influences highlighting the colorful and grain patterns of the wood.

Where: Mill City Farmers Market

When: July 7, July 21, July 28, and August 11

More info: furniturebydegarmo.wixsite.com/mysite

Lofty Vanilla artwork, courtesy the artist

Lofty Vanilla

Lofty Vanilla is the creation of Minneapolis-based artist and illustrator, Jill Reynolds. Her lively, colorful collection of prints and original paintings are full of whimsy. Arrange a group of her prints into a gallery wall–style scene, or hang one of her hand-painted pieces alone for a bold, eye-catching statement.

Where: Linden Hills Farmers Market

When: May 27

More info: etsy.com/shop/LOFTYVANILLA

More home goods makers at the markets:

ArtAndes: Traditional Peruvian textiles and rugs handwoven on a tapestry loom. Every Saturday @ Mill City Farmers Market, artandes.com

Crankosaurus Press: Screen printed flour sack towels and pillows made with water-based inks. May 12, June 2, August 4, and September 8 @ Mill City Farmers Market, crankosauruspress.com

Fringe & Fettle Ceramics: Handcrafted pottery pieces for everyday use by Joanna Buyert. May 12, June 30, July 28, September 22, and October 20 @ Mill City Farmers Market, fringeandfettle.com

Onkkafirte: Handmade wooden lazy susans. July 7, July 28, and August 11 @ Mill City Farmers Market

Find the dates and locations of more Minneapolis markets in a new interactive map at minneapolismn.gov/farmersmarket, plus St. Paul markets at stpaulfarmersmarket.com and markets throughout the state at minnesotagrown.org.



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