Spoonriver Cookbook's Rhubarb Cake: Example of love in the kitchen

By Sue Doeden
The Bemidji Pioneer

Langton_Spoonriver coverWhen you’re on the phone with Brenda Langton, owner of Spoonriver restaurant in Minneapolis, you can hear the smile in her voice; you can sense the sparkle in her eyes and feel the passion in her words.

I talked to Langton two days after the season opener of the Mill City Farmers Market, which she started in 2006. The lively urban market spreads out in an open area between the Guthrie Theater and Spoonriver overlooking the Mississippi River in the Mill District of Minneapolis. Local, sustainable and organic produce is offered along with pasture-raised meats, eggs and farmstead cheeses every Saturday during the growing season. It’s one of my favorite stops when I’m in the Twin Cities on a summer weekend. “There were 5,000 people at the market on Saturday,” Langton said. She was thrilled.

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