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The New Old Health Craze

Image taken from  https://steepme.com

Image taken from https://steepme.com


“We felt America was due for a shift in wellness ~ the kind our great grandparents lived.”

Living in the future that is 2019, most people think health and nutrition should be looked at with a more future focused lens; while the company Steep Me a Cup of Tea believes the answer to our health comes a bit more... natural!  

“Functional nutrition and functional fitness are the beliefs that drive Steep Me a Cup of Tea.  We have been building a business that has been patiently and painstakingly tested as something that was never offered in a class. We started out with over two years of research into what teas and herbs are capable of.” And they’re not wrong! With countless articles online boasting the simple yet beneficial effects tea has on a person it’s no surprise to see a crowd wanting to try unique cup of tea at the market.  With a nice boost from a small dose of caffeine and the option for a pinch of sugar, It’s a nice alternative compared to other energy drinks out there that might make you feel like your hearts about to jump out of your chest. But they’re not all just fruity cups of energy they also have other remedies for when your not feeling so hot..Kick Ur Kold, Throat Therapy, Anxiety, Insomnia, Calming Hug just to name a few


 It sounds almost too good to be true, but it’s not.The owners Jerry and Terisina put a lot of time and detail into crafting their specialty blends,  “We don't just throw together herbs and teas and assume they are done. We have all of our teas go through testing and tweaking to ensure we are getting the best taste that is all natural - no flavorings - and making sure the tea tastes meld together.  With our remedy teas...the testing goes well over a year and we have approx 100 people test the blends. We check for allergic reactions and effectiveness. When we start to see results working for over 60% of the testers, we will add it to our shelves for others to use. We take a lot of time and care in ensuring a great effective product.” 


11 years strong into their endeavor, Jerry and Terisina are usually running the market booth each Saturday.  “We like to interact with our customers and find that meeting new people that the market venue brings is very important to us.  We love market days and are always looking forward to seeing every customer old or new. We do usually get a lot of questions asked of us about our remedy teas and it is nice to be present for those inquiries.  We pride ourselves on great customer service and want to be able to help everyone that we see.”


Next time you're at the market and want a little pick me up, feeling a bit down or want to try something a bit more natural. Stop by “Steep Me a Cup of Tea” for a qualiTea blend that will leave you satisfied. guaranTea’d ☕️.



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Vendor Highlight: Three Bears Honey Co.

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Vendor Highlight: Three Bears Honey Co.

Brittany Luthi at the Three Bears Honey Co. Booth, photo by M.Schleif Photography.

Brittany Luthi at the Three Bears Honey Co. Booth, photo by M.Schleif Photography.

With news articles blowing up your timeline about the impending dangers of a declining bee population, to the startling estimate of earth's timely demise without out little buzzin’ buddies around. The Fargo Moorhead area has its own ways of combating this problem.

What started as a fun hobby for Paul Luthi has blossomed into what is now over 40 years of experience. Paul started Three Bears Honey Co. roughly 15 years ago alongside his son Travis Luthi; turning something that was done for fun, into a full fledged business with Travis and his wife, Brittany, managing the booth at our market. Although, at the time bees were not a problem at the start of Paul’s endeavors with recent trends of declining bee populations, having a steady and healthy colony around to pollinate the strong hold crops of the community truly benefits everybody! But what is the story of the man behind the bee mask?

Paul’s passion for honey bees dates back to watching his grandfather who kept a few hives of his own. In his 20’s, he went to work for a commercial beekeeper and began buying hives of his own. With more honey then he knew what to do with the business took off. After large support from the farmers market Three Bear Honey co. has even managed to branch out and start selling products in local stores!

Both Paul and Travis enjoy how this career allows them to spend their days outside, and be one with nature. Aside from tending to the bees the actual honey process starts in late July, where its as simple as extracting the liquid gold, bottling it, labeling it and bringing it directly to you!

For the Three Bears Honey Co. family, the Red River market is more than just a place to sell their sweet products. Paul’s wife and Travis’s mother, Lori, who passed away from cancer about seven years ago, was heavily involved in the Fargo-Moorhead area markets. Travis remarked “It amazes me how many people still remember her involvement and will comment about it. It shows that you’re not just selling a product, you're building a relationship and uniting the community.”  

If you haven't yet, make sure to stop by their stand for a free sample and maybe support a local farmer. You won’t BEE disappointed! 🐝

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#FredtheMiniHorse and other Market Highlights

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#FredtheMiniHorse and other Market Highlights

The we wanted to take a moment and recap some highlights from our inaugural season! We're so thankful to be supported by you, the people who attend the market every Saturday, our amazing volunteers, and our fiscal host, the Downtown Community Partnership. Please continue to support local farmers, vendors, artists, and musicians!

On top of having wonderful produce, hot food and craft vendors, we've had some fun special experiences this season that have made the market extra special:

 

#FredtheMiniHorse and the Alpaca Clan! It was so much fun to have these guys (and gal) with us. What characters! (And thank you Warren for sharing the Little Sebastian theme song with us three times that day. What a gent!)

 

The NDSU Marching Band came out to the Fall Fest and tickled our fanciful sound triangles [read: ears] for a solid hour of musical merriment!

The Imaginarium set up a few times to give kids a fun new land of potential forts, giant puzzles, and wearable art in which to live.

Fermentation on Wheels brought the bus and taught us how to ferment all the things with live demos!

Drekker sampled beers! (They let us borrow their cornhole set on Saturdays, too, the lads...)

Plus, every week we've been serenaded by really great musicians... Ethan, Hannah, Randi, Warren, Isaac, Paul, and Logan, thank you for lending your talents to make the market even more fun!

 
 
Did you know Red River Market now sells cards and prints?! Come by the info booth to check them out!

Did you know Red River Market now sells cards and prints?! Come by the info booth to check them out!

We hope to see you next season!

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Fermentation on Wheels

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Fermentation on Wheels

Welcome to the Red River Market blog! Here, we'll highlight the vendors, events, local food, and community that make our market happen. This weekend, we're pumped to have Fermentation on Wheels visiting the market!

 

If you would've told me to be excited about something called Fermentation on Wheels a couple months ago, I would've given you a (very) blank expression. What on earth?! Fermentation by definition is "the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat." Sounds appetizing, right? But of course that process is responsible for amazing things like beer, wine, and kombucha! And more importantly (or rather, as importantly) it doesn't stop there. That's why Fermentation on Wheels is so great. They teach workshops to people across the country about creating fermented, pro-biotic foods like sauerkraut, vinegars, and more! So bring that cabbage to the market this weekend (or pick some up from on of our many produce vendors) because Fermentation on Wheels will be in Fargo this Saturday from 10am to 2pm on Broadway and 2nd Ave N!

 

See you there!

Tara Whitsitt of Fermentation on Wheels giving a demo. Photo via  The Splendid Table .

Tara Whitsitt of Fermentation on Wheels giving a demo. Photo via The Splendid Table.

And to give you a teaser of what is possible through fermentation, here's a recipe they've shared on how to make your own Grapefruit Sage Vinegar! (So good.)

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