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 

Farmers Market

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

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.

Co-Ops

Community owned and everyone welcome. Co-ops bring a wide array of natural products and healthful foods to the community at reasonable prices.

Grow your own food at home

Kids Garden

Pick–Your-Own (PYO) Farms and Orchards

Strawberry Picking

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.

Maple Syrup

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.

apple picking Minnesota

Local Honey

Substitute local honey in place of sugar in your recipes! Find over 70 local Minnesota honey producers on Minnesota Grown.

minnesota honey

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.

Minnesota Local Food

Farm Tours

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

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

FarmStays

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 like a farmer. Read about our experience on Room to Roam Farm Guesthouse.

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

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

Eat Local at one of these Twin Cities Farm-to-Table Restaurants

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