November Milly's Peace Garden


The gardening season at Milly’s Peace Garden, 38th Street & 21st Avenue, is coming to a close. During this lovely October fall weather, gardeners are gradually putting their gardens to bed. Several gardeners have planted garlic that they will harvest next summer. Only the kale is still standing tall, since we will be able to harvest it until well into November, perhaps even into December. 

At Left: Pam Morgan preparing a plot for winter





November Corcoran Community Garden Update


The 2016 growing season for the Corcoran Community Garden has almost come to an end. A few more things to harvest and we’ll be done until next year!  We had plenty of rain this year and some really nice warm fall days! I love this time of year!

But now, time for our fall clean up and bracing ourselves for winter! (I’ve heard rumors of a winter vortex returning this year!) We better hurry before the snow flies! Until next season! Happy Holidays!


Business Spotlight: City Market and Halal Meat

 20161022_155557.jpg1825 E Lake St, 

Minneapolis, MN 55407

(612) 724-4040

Owner: Mohammed Ahmed

After driving by the City Market for years, a friend told me about an amazing array of beans and other offerings from the local store.   I stopped in Saturday to talk to the owner, Mohammed Ahmed, and his 3 granddaughters who often help him run the business.    I found an unassuming warehouse space with a wide variety of African, Middle Eastern, Mexican and American goods.  The granddaughters were energetic, friendly and proud to show me around the store and share their grandfather’s stories.

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Help Plan the Future of the City of Minneapolis


What does your Minneapolis look like in ten years? In twenty years? As you may have heard, the City of Minneapolis is undergoing a full update of our Comprehensive Plan, a requirement by the Metropolitan Council every ten years. This policy document will guide physical and economic development in our neighborhoods for the next 20 years. With a goal of adding population while maintaining the character of our communities and ensuring that current residents are not displaced, it is very important that all of our residents – especially those who have been traditionally excluded from this type of process – have their voices heard.


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Parks and Wreck Interview


Corcoran Park music instructor, Eric Silva Brenneman, had a dream: take the School of Rock model (afterschool music lessons with the goal of getting students playing a concert before a paying audience) but make it accessible for all incomes in the community that he loves.  And that he has done.  Enter Minnie, 16, (Vocals/Bass), Oscar 17, (Lead Guitar), and Joe, 17, (Drums).  Together, they are the latest version of Parks & Wreck (the name Eric's wife, CNO Board chair Lisa Barajas, came up with), and they have their first recording coming out soon, courtesy of Ideawerks at Powderhorn, a non-profit recording studio for the community.

There is no release date yet, but already a tinge of 'celebrity' is sinking in.  "I can't believe it," says Oscar.  "We went from being unknowns to, 'Hey, aren't you that Corcoran Band?'  It's like a Hannah Montana to Miley Cyrus transformation, or is it the other way around?"  "Oh, we're rock stars," jokes Minnie. "Don't we have like 40 likes on Facebook?"  "Try more like 70," Joe corrects in all seriousness.

When asked what we can expect from the initial EP, Eric smiled and calmly replied, "Everybody will find something to relate to.  I'll let the band speak for itself."

Joe says he borrows from drummers Chris Pennie and Matt Garstka of the progressive metal bands Coheed & Cambria and Animals as Leaders, respectively.  I had the privilege of walking in as Joe was ripping a solo from "Zombie" by The Cranberries…taking me back to my own alt-rock days in high school.  Folks, this guy can drum!

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My 14 Years at the Midtown Farmers Market: Why and How I Became Involved

It began with an informational meeting at the YWCA across the street from our market, to understand what it would take and decide what we wanted our market to be like.

People attending the meeting were asked to sign up for various volunteer positions. I signed up, but did not know what I could do. I volunteered only twice each of my first 2 years, but after that it because a priority for me.

Coming to the market was my only chance to get out of my apartment in the fresh air, socialize, and be a part of a community, which over the years grew to feel like my only family since I don’t have relatives nearby in Minnesota. As the years went on, I watched children grow, made friends, and looked forward to the opening day of the market each spring. 

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Thank You for a Great 2016 Season at the Midtown Farmers Market


The 2016 Market Season is officially in the books at the Midtown Farmers Market and we would like to thank all of our customers, vendors, sponsors, partners, and other supports for another great season. Although this season saw a lot of wet weather and construction, we’re proud to have been able to bring fresh local food and a community building space to local residents for a 14th season! While we’ll miss all of our great vendors and loyal shoppers in the off season, it’s time to reflect on the season that was and begin gearing up for our much anticipated 15th anniversary season coming up in 2017. Thanks again for a great season!

If you enjoyed shopping at the Midtown Farmers Market as much as we enjoyed organizing and operating it, please consider supporting the market this month for Give to the Max Day 2016 on November 17th. Contributions can be made by visiting and are tax deductible. Your support will ensure another successful season at the market in 2017!

Apartment Shop Tenants Start a New Class Action Lawsuit


In a new lawsuit that could upend relations between tenants and owners of one of the largest landlords in Minneapolis, a local law firm representing tenants has asked Hennepin County District Court to put 62 apartments in receivership and return millions of dollars of income to tenants.

A legal team from Faegre Baker Daniels sued the owners Stephen Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas with their wives and companies, claiming that the two men engaged in "deceptive and flagrant legal violations trade practices." They are seeking a class action.

Frenz owns and oversees about 1,400 units in Minneapolis and in a recent civil trial in housing court, it is disclosed that Zorbalas still has ownership interest in its properties. The city ordered Zorbalas to shed all of his rental properties in 2012 because of a history of housing violations that led to some license revocations.


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Powderhorn Empty Bowls: Celebrating Ten Years of Making Art, Providing Sustenance, and Promoting the Common Good


Join us! The Empty Bowls event will be Friday, November 4 from 11am to 7pm at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. In the last nine years, operating completely on volunteer power, Powderhorn Empty Bowls has

  • Distributed 13,400 hand-made bowls
  • Received support from 14,501 people

Resulting in . . .

  • An amazing $223,000 dedicated to feeding the hungry!

Help celebrate our 10-year milestone and continue to raise money to fight hunger in the Powderhorn Community.



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Know your Candidates



Everyone knows the major party candidates for President. You can’t escape their coverage. But who are our local candidates that will be on the ballot? He Here is an un-biased run down of who will be on our local ballot so you can be an informed voter on Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016).

You can find a copy of what our ballot will look like at

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