The Root Cellar

The Root CellarWe are proud to announce that we have teamed up with local DIY homesteader Sarah Phelan to bring you a unique shopping experience at Kutzky Market, The Root Cellar.

Learn more about the new shop and grand opening event in the press release below:

Saturday, April 29, will be the grand opening event of The Root Cellar at Kutzky Market, featuring a curated mix of do-it-yourself urban homesteading kits, supplies and gifts in the areas of gardening, fermenting, preserving and more.

Phelan had the vision for the shop after a move from St. Paul to Rochester a few years back. “I went from a postage stamp lot to 3 acres and it inspired a whole new lifestyle.” But you don’t need acreage to homestead. Phelan notes that even someone without a yard at all can take steps to move toward more sustainable living “especially with our amazing farmer’s market here in Rochester.”

“I have a passion for all things DIY and for showing my kids where their food comes from. A garden and some backyard poultry provide an endless slew of hands-on science projects and healthier habits to boot. I find it all so fulfilling – getting your hands in the dirt, bringing in the harvest. It makes me feel strong and capable and I want to share the joy and fun with everyone! We want to give people the resources they need to live a local lifestyle rooted in sustainable homesteading practices. We want to bring Rochester closer to their food, closer to nature and closer to each other.”

Kutzky Market owner, Annie Henderson says “we’re very excited to partner with Sarah and The Root Cellar to take the Kutzky Market experience to the next level. We focus on a “farm-to-table” model here in the restaurant and now we can equip everyone to make their own version of “farm-to-table” at home too.”

Adding to Forager’s line-up of community events, they’ll now be offering a series of classes called Vintage Living Lessons from The Root Cellar including fermenting, canning, pickling and more. Held the 3rd Wednesday of every month, each class will feature a vintage skill taught by urban homesteading experts and Forager chefs and include hands-on learning, cooking demos, recipes, connections to local farmers and a whole lot of fun (and freebies). Classes are $25 and space is limited. Details at

The grand opening event Saturday, April 29, will be from 10am-4pm and feature honey tasting and beekeeping info sessions with The Bee Shed, native plant butterfly boxes for sale from Peterson’s Greenhouse, seed giveaways, kids activities and info sessions from Seed Savers Exchange, live music and scrumptious food and craft beer from Forager Brewing Company and of course shopping.