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Indoor holiday market planned Dec. 9 in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS—Sprout's next holiday market will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace in Little Falls.

Sprout is making more room to host over 40 local food producers, artists and artisans, who will gather at the marketplace, 609 13th Ave. NE., Door 8, to showcase their handmade, homegrown products for shoppers to purchase for the holiday gift-giving season.

All are welcome for cooking demonstrations and art performances and to socialize in the winterland atmosphere created by hanging snowflakes and lights, including illuminated lamppost art installations crafted by James Ruiz of Long Prairie.

Mahado Ali will be the guest chef in the kitchens at 12:30 p.m. to demonstrate a Somali recipe—seasoned curry rice with goat meat. A Somali dance troupe will perform at 11 a.m. The performances and demonstrations are free.

Community members shopping with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits can swipe their EBT card to use with vendors selling food products. Shoppers can visit the Sprout info booth to swipe EBT, debit and credit cards in exchange for tokens called "Marketplace Bucks" to be used at vendor booths during the market. Sprout's mission to increase access to local food was recently assisted by the Farmers Market Coalition's Free EBT Equipment Program.

Gift certificates for Sprout Marketplace Bucks will be available for sale.

Sprout will also host a kitchen tour 3:15-3:45 p.m. for food entrepreneurs and community members interested in learning how to rent the kitchens and available equipment. Sprout's licensed kitchen facility may be rented by food producers who want to grow their business into wholesale and retail markets. Families can rent it, too, creating a place to gather for holiday baking parties. For more information on kitchen rental, visit http://sproutmn.com/the-kitchen or contact Natalie Keane, facility utilization director, at natalie@sproutmn.com. More tours will be scheduled in the near future.

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