Mayfest – Party with Plants
Saturday 5/12 • 11 am to 3 pm
Celebrate spring at Mayfest 2018. More than just a plant sale – it's an outdoor extravaganza of music, food, beer, product samples, community partners, activities for the kiddos and, of course, plants galore. Everyone is welcome at our annual festival – and you don't need to be a gardener to have a good time at this party!
ECLECTIC LOCAL MUSIC
11:00: DAWN TANNER – Starts the festival off on a mellow note, playing acoustic guitar and singing a blend of folk songs and old time tunes.
12:00: MAMA CAUGHT FIRE – Then Abigail Tuominen, Molly Sowash & Julia Hobart, with raw folk vocal power, explore emotional storytelling in intricate 3-part voice and instrumental harmony.
1:00: THE OLD SMUGGLERS – With buckets of gumption, The Infamous Dr. Thunder & Mister December turn up the volume with their junkyard shanty pirate rock.
2:00: JUST WULF – Ends the party on a high-energy note with his mix of battle rap and humble, common-man narratives for a "community-first" hip-hop performance.
Read even more about the performers here.
FOOD & BEER
FOXY FALAFEL – We have a parking lot so gotta put a food truck on it! Erica Strait's crunchy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside, gluten-free, vegan-friendly falafel made with chickpeas she sprouts herself.
URBAN GROWLER – The one day you can get a brewski at the co-op! Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak make traditional beers, and specialty brews with a local twist. Their mission is to bring people together through beer.
11:00–1:00: HARVEST MOON EDIBLE LANDSCAPES – Transforming landscapes into tasty, beautiful, and sustainable gardens from which eaters connect directly with their food and land.
THE WILDFLOWER PROJECT – An environmental nonprofit who creates wildflower gardens through community partnerships to restore and enhance pollinator habitat in urban environments.
TRANSITION TOWN - ASAP – Smaller footprint. Stronger community. Our Saint Anthony Park neighbors working together to build a resilient community prepared for a world transformed by climate change.
BEAUTY FULL DAY – Care for your skin with real ingredients that are grown, nurtured, and lovingly blended (not synthesized). Products full of caring, honesty, nature and beauty, and proudly made in Blaine, MN.
EQUAL EXCHANGE – Their Fair Trade products benefit small-scale cacao farmers in Latin America. These organic chocolates and cocoas are delicious and support a more equitable, alternative supply chain.
FOLLY COFFEE – Fun coffee, delicious people. Roasting the choicest beans selected from the best growing regions in the world, they lightly roast their coffee right here in Minnesota, dontcha know.
HARMLESS HARVEST – Coconut water envisioning a world where nutritious, clean, organic beverages are the standard rather than the exception; where all involved people are treated fairly; and the planet is treated harmlessly.
KLARBRUNN – Aquifer-sourced sparkling water. Natural flavor essences, zero calories, zero sodium – a healthy beverage in many refreshing flavors to keep your happy, healthy and hydrated.
SALAD GIRL – Lovely dressing from Willernie, MN, they believe that eating fresh, organic goodness benefits us individually, communally & environmentally. Committed to bringing you healthy & tasty organic products.
11:00–1:00: THE BARON OF BUBBLE – or Sir Sydney Soapington – will be here with his magical and fleeting art…that floats…
FACE PAINTING – Kids can express themselves with cute symbols or characters applied by our friendly artisans.
Annuals • Perennials • Baskets • Vegetables • Strawberries • Herbs • Seed Savers Exchange Seeds
GLACIAL RIDGE GROWERS supplies our pollinator-friendly garden plants. A family-owned nursery in Glenwood, MN, they are MN Department of Ag approved to be bee & butterfly friendly.
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PLUS MEET THE NEW GM!
Chuck Parsons, who started on May 7th, will be at the event meeting & greeting, so come on out to welcome him. His first week ends in a party with plants! You can read more about Chuck here.
So please join us in the Hampden Park Co-op parking lot – this is a family-friendly, rain or shine and zero-waste event.
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Thanks to our stage sponsor, and neighbor, Wellington Management, a commercial real estate company that engages in the Twin Cities community.
Mayfest is 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 from Brianna Darling • April 2018