Classes are held at the Loft, unless otherwise specified. The Loft is located at 218 North Main Street, on the second floor above Images of the Past and Present, directly across Main St. from River Market.

Entrance is located on the south side of the building. The Loft has a room capacity of 21 people. Parking is not allowed in the space next to the building; please use street parking or the River Market parking lot.

Please pre-register in-store at River Market, phone (651) 439-0366 or email Ola Schmelig at Payment due at registration. We accept all major credit cards. If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 3 days in advance for a full refund.

For instructors, here is our class proposal form and Loft best practices.

Beekeeping Beyond the Basics

Saturday, July 19


JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA) will be back to cover more in depth topics for beekeepers who know the basics. Learn more about bee behavior, hive management, equipment, bee health, and swarms. Bring those pesky questions that come up when you actually have bees. Participants will receive handouts of all topics covered including a list of resources, and will be able to see beekeeping equipment, and catalogs.

The class fee is $35 for River Market Co-op owners and $40 for non-owners.

Kids and Bees

Saturday July 19


Build a bee hotel using bamboo sticks and twine at this fun, hands-on class about bees and honey for kids. Kids will also learn how to approach bees and how to help them survive. Suitable for kids ages 5-12, parental supervision required. Presented by JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper.

The class fee is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

Learn Lifesaving First Aid/CPR Skills

Saturday, August 9


Become certified in CPR and First Aid at River Market. The class will include: first aid basics, medical emergencies, like choking, heart attack, stroke, seizure, shock, injury emergencies, and CPR 2-year American Heart Association Certification.

The class fee is $60 for any co-op owners and $65 for non-owners.

Seed Saving 101

Wednesday, September 3

6-7:30 pm

Your favorite lettuce, the most succulent tomato, super producing peas – you don’t have to buy those seeds ever again! Join Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery for a hands-on class about saving seeds from your garden. You will learn the best ways to select, separate and store seeds from your favorite crops. Other topics will include the ‘wet’ seeds and the ‘dry’ seeds, discussion about the difference between heirloom and hybrid, and the secrets of why things ‘bolt’.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Late Season Veggie Gardening

Saturday, August 16


Learn how to get the most out of your garden by planting all the great veggies that love the cool Fall weather. We will talk about which crops perform best and how to time your plantings to harvest the most by snowfall. Presented by Heidi and Jonathan Heubner of Bluebird Hill Homestead.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Growing Garlic 101

Thursday, August 28


Garlic is really easy to grow and if you plant it now, you’ll be rewarded with spring garlic, garlic scapes and garlic cloves throughout next summer. Learn about soil preparation, garlic growing season, harvesting, curing and storing garlic. You will also learn the difference between hardneck and softneck varieties. Presented by Don Slinger who has been growing garlic for many years and presently grows about 40 varieties.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Raw Eating

Thursday, September 4


An introductory class to raw eating that doesn’t require any expensive blenders, dehydrators or food processors. Learn how to make (and get to eat!)  delicious and nutritious Massaged Kale, Ceasar Salad with a briny dressing, hemp seeds and avocado, Raw Marinated Vegetable Lasagna with Basil- Hemp Pesto & Cashew Nacho Cheese, and a super-simple, delicious Chocolate Pudding for dessert.

The class fee is $15 for member-owners and $20 for non-owners.

At Valley Outreach Teaching Kitchen, 1901 Curve Crest Blvd. W, Stillwater. Call 430-2739 for directions. Seating is limited, sign up early.

How to Train a Cat: The Evolution of the Human Animal

Saturday, September 6

10-11:30 am

Tuesday, September 30

7-8:30 pm

In an informal, idiosyncratic personal journey with lots of pictures, Ken Moses will talk about how the development of animal society led directly into human society, evolution, and his personal coping with

autism. Along the way he’ll make side trips to visit Darwin and Temple Grandin, reproduction and childbirth, the rodeo and the circus, and several other somehow-relevant areas. His face-to-face experiences with animals often differ from the “conventional wisdom” of anthropologists, psychologists, and religionists, but are supported by recent sociobiological research. Free presentation.

Authentic Mexican Cooking: Salsa

Saturday, September 13


Enjoy the heat of summer with these quick and easy salsas. Susana Perez will share her family recipes for making salsa verde and two kinds of salsa roja. Susana will also demonstrate how to make taquitos – small rolled up tortillas with meat or potato filling – traditionally served with salsa. The class fee is $5 for member-owners and $10 for non-owners.

Putting Your Veggie Garden to Bed for Winter

Saturday, September 20


Learn the essentials of fall clean up so your garden is ready to plant as soon as the snow melts next spring. We will talk about how to dispose of any diseased or invested plants, as well as enriching your soil to ensure an abundant crop next season. Presented by Heidi and Jonathan Heubner of Bluebird Hill Homestead. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Collecting Mushrooms 101

Saturday, September 27


Join Kelley Hagenbuch, D.C., M.H., a Master Herbalist from Taylor’s Falls for an introduction to mushroom hunting. Kelley will cover safety issues, identification details, collection procedures and present pictures of 10 different varieties that are common to this area. Please bring any mushroom books you own to the class. The class fee is $15 for member-owners and $20 for non-owners.