The Purple Carrot Market

      A Locally-Owned Food Co-Op Coming Soon to Little Falls, MN

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​Celebrate with us on Saturday, January 21st!

Because co-op ownership warms the soul like soup on a cold winter's night, the Purple Carrot is celebrating our first year of offering owner's equity with a soup supper open to our entire community! Come enjoy some split pea or mushroom soup and artisan bread while visiting with your friends and neighbors who share the dream of a community-owned grocery store featuring local foods.  Everyone​ is welcome:  owners. . .non-owners. . .those interested in finding out what is going on. . .those who haven't even heard of the Purple Carrot!

The meal will be served from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; then we will have an update on what is happening with the Purple Carrot. We promise to have you on your way home by 7:30 pm!

A free will offering will be taken to defray the cost of the meal. To help us determine how much soup to make, please send us a Facebook message or email ( if you can attend. If you forget to RSVP, come anyway! Everyone is welcome!

Friday, December 16:  Apple Soup Cooking Demonstration

Winter has arrived and we all could use a treat on a cold winter day!  This soup of fresh apples, prunes, cinnamon and sugar can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or dessert.  From 4:30 - 5:30 pm at the Shoppes of Little Falls, the Waller House Inn's Raquel Lundberg will demonstrate how to prepare the soup and can help you work it in to your holiday menu.


Friday, December 9 Pop-Up Market Featuring Alaska Wild Fish Company

Just in time for the holidays, the Purple Carrot Market welcomes back the Alaska Wild Fish Company for a one day pop-up market.  From 10 am - 6 pm, they will have their smoked and frozen fish for sale as well as their wild rice.  Click here for a list of products and prices. 

Won't it be nice once the Purple Carrot has it's store open then you can have access to great local foods like this daily?

Cooking Demonstration on the 9th!

From 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Jeff Everson will demonstrate the recipe for Midwestern Hoover Soup, a recipe from the Great Depression that warmed families when times were lean.

Thanksgiving Day Ownership Goal: 160!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we are SO thankful for our 150 owners! But we have a goal: we want 200 owners by the time we ring in the New Year. That way we can begin looking for a place for the Purple Carrot to call home. To keep on track to make that goal, let's see if we can add 1 new owner each day until we give thanks with our families and friends - that will get us to 160 owners!

Becoming an owner is easy!  Just visit our ownership page, print a copy of our owner application, and send it along with your check to:  Purple Carrot Market c/o Pat McGuire 710 1st Street SE, Little Falls, MN   56345.  Or email us at and request a brochure and application and we will send one to you.  Don't be a turkey!  Become and owner!


Squashin' the Harvest Campaign

The Purple Carrot is wrapping up its fall ownership campaign with a celebration at the Shoppes of Little Falls on Friday, September 30.   Fall produce and goods will be available from the Farmers Growers Market, and from noon - 2 pm we will have a cooking demonstration on how to roast squash. We will share winter squash recipes - bring your favorite! - and sample the squash prepared by Waller House Inn's Raquel Lundberg and Purple Carrot Market's Pat McGuire. 

And if you've been procrastinating on becoming an owner, this is your chance! The fall campaign has "harvested" 10 new owners to date, but we need you to join TODAY! We need to demonstrate the community support and commitment to open the doors on our locally owned grocery store. You can find more information on ownership by clicking on our owners page.


Harvest Party Celebrates Co-Op Ownership

The Purple Carrot's booth at the Shoppes of Little Falls is the place to be on Wednesday, August 31 as the co-op launches our fall ownership campaign with a Harvest Party.  Starting when the Shoppes open at 10 am, you can purchase grass-fed beef from Januschka Family Farm and fresh produce from local farmers.

From noon - 1:00 pm, come learn some tips on making Pico de Gallo at our cooking demonstration.  All of this just in time for your Labor Day Weekend cookout!

Did we mention the prize drawings? Register to win one of two prize packages containing 5 lbs of grass-fed beef and a t-shirt courtesy of Januschka Family Farm.

The Party really gets going at 5:00 pm when the Purple Carrot invites its owners to come share the bounty of the Harvest and visit with prospective owners as we strive to reach 160 owners by September 30. 


​Fantastic Fish on Saturday, August 6


Once again the Alaska Wild Fish Company will join the Purple Carrot Market at the Shoppes of Little Falls on Saturday, August 6 from 10 am - 4 pm.  Having just returned from a fishing trip to Alaska, the fish will be fresh and delicious.  The Purple Carrot is proud to partner with the Pietron family from Cushing, MN.  This is the type of excellent food you can expect to see when the Purple Carrot opens its store.  Make that dream a reality by becoming an owner!


Owners of the Purple Carrot enjoyed a beautiful afternoon and evening talking with visitors to the Franciscan Sisters Green Fair Folk Festival August 3rd.