Eat Local & Enjoy Farm-to-Table Food From Minnesota
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, “in the Midwest, most fresh fruits and vegetables travel an average of 1,500 miles before reaching the grocery store! You can reduce transportation impacts by purchasing local foods. You’ll also gain flavor, nutrition, and opportunities to know who grows your food.”
Why outsource your food when we have amazing options right here. Get onboard the farm-to-table movement as a family.
Farmers Markets are offered across many cities in the Twin Cities. We’ve collected the ones that offer delicious local food, along with fun music & activities to entertain the kids.
Pizza Farms began popping up in the last few years as a way for farmers to generate income and also invite people to their farms for a very memorable experience. Most pizza farms are open only one or two days per week, and there are several you can find within an hour of the Cities.
Community owned and everyone welcome. Co-ops bring a wide array of natural products and healthful foods to the community at reasonable prices.
- Eastside Food Co-op, Minneapolis MN
- Seward Community Co-Op, Minneapolis MN
- Wedge Co-Op, Minneapolis MN
- Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-Op, St. Paul MN
- River Market Community Co-Op, Stillwater MN
- Lakewinds Food Co-Op, Minnetonka, Richfield, Chanhassen MN
- Valley Natural Foods, Burnsville MN
- Harvest Moon Co-Op, Long Lake MN
- Spiral Natural Foods Co-Op, Hastings MN
Grow your own food at home
- The U of M Horticulture Department website offers great information for gardening in Minnesota.
- StrawBale Gardening is a form of container gardening, using straw bales instead of containers!
- Community garden plots may be for you if you don’t have a yard that works for a garden. Gardening Matters is a great resource to find community garden plots near you.
Minnesota strawberry picking season generally begins in early to mid-June, followed by raspberries and blueberries in July and August. And of course, apple picking in the fall is a must! Several farms even offer vegetables and additional types of berries for the picking.
CSA’s Delivery Subscriptions
CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) provides delivery of sustainable and locally produced food to consumers during the growing season for a subscription fee. Visit the Land Stewardship Project to find a directory of CSA farms.
tapping begins in February and runs into April. There are plenty of places to go see sap tapped straight from the tree, turned into syrup, and ready for you to bring home to enjoy. Have Maple Trees in your yard? Purchase a starter kit and become a maple sugaring hobbyist.
Substitute local honey in place of sugar in your recipes! Find over 70 local Minnesota honey producers on Minnesota Grown.
Buy Meats Direct from the Farmer
Ever wonder where people are going to buy half a cow? They’re going straight to the farmer. In fact, you can buy a variety of sizes and individual cuts. Once again, you can find a list of local producers on Minnesota Grown.
LocalHarvest is another great online resource for finding local food sources including farms, markets, grocery stores and more.
Take a tour of a working farm. Mark your calendar for the July 13th Co-Op Farm Tour. Guidebooks for participating farms will be available across many of the Co-Ops starting in May
Learning Activities for Kids & Gardening Classes
Take it to the classroom to teach kids where your food comes from
- Agriculture in the Classroom is perfect for teachers in the classroom or at home. Search their instructional, classroom-ready resources now. Find curriculums such as: Strawberry Breeding and Genetics, and Inherited Traits in the Living Corn Necklace
- U of M Junior Master Gardener program
- Gardening class at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
- Minnesota State Horticultural Society classes
- Seminars at Bachman’s
Little Farm Hands exhibit at the State Fair is an agricultural education exhibit for kids. Children (ages 3-10) become farm hands at this free, hands-on exhibit as they are provided the opportunity to experience the agricultural process, beginning at the farm and ending at the market. The Minnesota State Fair is always 12 days of fun ending Labor Day.
Have some fun on a working farm! These 2 farms offer a host of seasonal activities throughout the year
Why spend only the day on a farm when you can spend the whole weekend? FarmStays give you a chance to live and in some cases even work
Minnesota Local Foods Cookbooks
After you receive your next CSA box or filled your reusable tote at the farmer’s market, you can recreate local Midwestern dishes by local Midwestern chefs.
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Tasting Minnesota by Betsy Nelson
The Minnesota Homegrown Cookbook by Jan Joannides
Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook by Beth Dooley
The Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook by Tricia Cornell
The Birchwood Café Cookbook by Tracy Singleton
Heartland by Lenny Russo
Original Local by Heid E. Erdich
Spoonriver Cookbook by Brenda Langton
Twin Cities Chef’s Table by Stephanie Meyer
Cooking with Wild Berries & Fruits by Teresa Marrone
The Northern Heartland Kitchen by Beth Dooley
Edible Twin Cities: The Cookbook by Angelo Gentile
Eat Local at one of these Twin Cities Farm-to-Table Restaurants
- Barbette, Minneapolis MN
- Birchwood Cafe, Minneapolis MN
- Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis MN
- Corner Table, Minneapolis MN
- Pat’s Tap, Minneapolis MN
- The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis MN
- Spoon River, Minneapolis MN
- Urban Eatery, Minneapolis MN
- Wise Acre Eatery, Minneapolis MN
- French Meadow Cafe, Minneapolis & St Paul MN
- Brasa, Minneapolis & St Paul MN
- Fire Lake Restaurant, Bloomington & Minneapolis MN
- Ciao Bella, Edina MN
- Good Earth, Edina & Roseville MN
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