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.

  1. Farmers Markets – Farmers Markets are offered across many cities in the Twin Cities. We’ve collected the ones that offer the delicious local food, along with fun music & activities to entertain the kids.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Grow your own food at home
  5. 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.
  6. Pick–Your-Own (PYO) Farms and Orchards – 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.
  7. CSA’s Delivery Subscriptions – CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) provide a delivery of sustainably 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Substitute local honey in place of sugar in your recipes! Find over 70 local Minnesota honey producers on Minnesota Grown.
  11. 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.
  12. LocalHarvest is another great online resource for finding local food sources including farms, markets, grocery stores and more.
  13. Farm Tours – Take a tour of a working farm. Mark your calendar for the July 15th Co-Op Farm Tour.  Guidebooks for participating farms will be available across many of the Co-Ops  starting in May
  14. Take it to the classroom to teach kids where your food comes from
  15. 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.
  16. Have some fun on a working farm! These 2 farms offer a host of seasonal activities throughout the year
  17. Minnesota Local Foods Cookbooks –Recreate local Midwestern dishes by local Midwestern chefs.
  18. Chow down at one of our amazing local restaurants promoting ‘Eating Local’:

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