Mayfest is May 11th!

Mayfest Plant Party, May 11, 11–3; Photo of co-op's exposed brick wall; Stylized yellow flower almost like a sunburst; Antique engraving of bee on top

Celebrate Spring & Community With Mayfest!
Saturday, May 11 • 11:00 to 3:00

More than just a plant sale, it’s an outdoor extravaganza of music, food, beer, product samples, community partners, kiddo activities and, of course, plants galore. Everyone is welcome at Hampden Park Co-op’s annual festival, and you don't need to be a gardener to have a good time!

While you’re at our plant party, come inside and check out the new look. We’ve recently updated our sales floor and are imaginatively expanding the deli menu. Your neighborhood store has a lot to share with you and Mayfest is great fun. Bee there!

LOCAL PLANTS *

Glacial Ridge Growers of Glenwood, MN, supplies our annuals, perennials, vegetables, strawberries, herbs and baskets. New this year at the sale – Pollinator Paks: four collections each with a variety to attract specific pollinators. Created in collaboration with the MN State Horticultural Society, Glacial Ridge donates some proceeds back to them.

LOCAL MUSIC

KFAI Community Radio is our musical partner. With DJs spinning tunes interspersed with live music, there'll be sounds for everybody! The ever-eclectic KFAI is also our May Roundup.

Travis Ramin – Travo Ramo FA FA FA (Thursdays, Midnight to 2:00 am) brings the back the spirit of wild, crazy and stupid late night radio! BIP BAM BOOM and all that for sure, but also a little HA HA HA and WHAAAA?? For his day job, Travis is a deli disc jockey at the co-op.

Blanche Fubar – The Fubar Omniverse (Fridays, 10:00 am to noon) presents an overwhelmingly appealing blend of funk, jazz, modern and ancient music with spiritual roots from around the world. This unique brew is enriched by an occasional side trip into the world of women’s athletics! Blanche is ultra-local – she lives in the neighborhood.

Rachel Williams – Former principal cellist for the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, we’re happy to have her now call Saint Paul home. Rachel is also a freelance accompanist and private music instructor with a passion for classical, jazz, and musical theater. Plus she wears a lot of hats at the co-op: cashier, storekeeper, event coordinator.

• Enzo Mazumdar Stanger – Enzo picked up his first guitar in 1st grade, then expanded to playing bass in orchestra and jazz band during junior high and high school. Now enrolled in the classical guitar program at the UMN, Enzo also likes to mix in some improvisation. He aims to tell impactful stories through his music.

LOCAL FOOD & BEER

Foxy Falafel – Chef Erica Strait found herself missing the crispy falafel of NYC, so she started making it here in Saint Paul. Taste the freshness for yourself because her food truck will be on our parking lot.

Urban Growler – Mayfest is the one day you can get a brewski at the co-op! The mission of Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak is to bring people together through beer, and we are glad to be their neighbors.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes – Dina Kountoupes is strengthening the local foods ecosystem by transforming landscapes into tasty, beautiful, and sustainable gardens.

Ramsey County Master Gardeners – We’ll have a volunteer here to share their knowledge based upon UMN research-based, eco-friendly gardening best practices.

St. Anthony Park Community Council – Where residents and businesses come together on vital neighborhood interests that enhance the quality of life and strengthen the character and vitality of the community.

The Wildflower Project – Creating wildflower gardens through community partnerships that restore and enhance pollinator habitat in urban environments.

Transition Town - ASAP – Smaller footprint. Stronger community. Our neighbors joining hands to seek a positive, local response to climate change.

Twin Cities Aikido – Japan’s most intriguing martial art, Aikido is based on harmony rather than conflict. They enthusiastically welcome spectators to their beautiful practice space right upstairs from the co-op.

PLUS KID ACTIVITIES, PRODUCT SAMPLES, MEET THE BOARD, AND FIND IN-STORE SALES

In the parking lot – a family-friendly, rain or shine, FREE event! Food, beer and plants available to purchase. Plenty of parking available on the streets, or in the parking lot across Hampden Ave. (look for the signs).

* Plants available at Hampden Park Co-op beginning May 4th and throughout the month, while they last.


Mayfest is just one of the events that the co-op offers to connect Twin Citians, and to remind people that through supporting the local economy we can create change in our communities.

Posted by Christine DeMars with contributions by Rachel Williams • April 2019