- Eat Local Farm Tour 2015
- June 26th, 2015
It’s all about the real people behind the real food.
Experience your food in a new way: directly from the source. The Eat Local Farm Tour is a unique opportunity to explore the diverse farming operations in your area, to meet families that bring fresh food to your dinner plates, and to inspire future generations to support local, sustainable agriculture.
The tour takes place on July 18, when 21 local farms will open their gates and barn doors to the public, ready to share their knowledge and stories with you.
The tour is free for anyone to attend. It is a self-guided tour, which means that your will need to pick up a tour handbook at your local food co-op to help you shape your local farm experience. The handbook will provide you with descriptions and operating hours of participating farms, maps of suggested farm clusters, useful tips for tour-goers, and restaurant recommendations in case you want to make a day of it. Handbooks are available in stores now, or here.
The tour is produced annually by Twin Cities area food co-ops who believe that supporting our local growers is vital to providing healthful food and participating in environmental protection. In the cooperative spirit, we work together to bolster our local foods economy. In 2013, $30 million flowed to local growers and producers from the system of Twin Cities area foods co-ops.
Sponsoring food co-ops: Eastside Food Co-op, Just Food Co-op, Lakewinds Food Co-op, Linden Hills Co-op, Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op, People’s Food Co-op, River Market Community Co-op, Seward Community Co-op, St. Peter Food Co-op and Valley Natural Foods.
Tips for enjoying the tour:
- Visit farms only during their set open hours.
- Because GPS can be spotty in rural areas, check your directions on Google Maps before heading out: http://s.coop/1usbu
- Bring a cooler to store all the farm-fresh goods you find.
- Stay on established paths and don’t pick produce without the farmer’s permission.
- Leave pets at home
- Swing by the local food co-op for snacks and drinks
Participating farms include:
10th Street Farm & Market
Big River Farms/Minnesota Food Association
Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School Retreat
East Henderson Farm
Gardens of Eagan
Growing Lots Urban Farm
Humble Pie Farm
Shepherd’s Way Farm
Simple Harvest Farm Organics
Singing Hills Goat Dairy Farm
Star Prairie Trout Farm
Stone’s Throw Urban Farm
The Beez Kneez, LLC
Thousand Hills Cattle Company
Whistling Well Farm
Women’s Environmental Institute
Farms of the Hungry Turtle Farmers Co-op:
- 35th Anniversary Video
- June 23rd, 2015
Here’s to 35 years, St. Peter.
- Michigan Blueberries
- June 19th, 2015
The annual Michigan blueberry sign-up is here! We get our blueberries direct-from-the-grower, so they are always fresh and delicious. Perfect for freezing, jam-making, or pie-making.
Pre-order your 5 pounds box in the store, or give us a call – 934.4880.
- The Co-op Garden
- June 16th, 2015
Join us in the Co-op Garden for hands-on activities surrounding food, gardening, and our environment. Activities will be free, but please register with Becca (934-4880; [email protected]).
June 30, 6 – 7:15pm: Seedy Characters
We’ll explore the world of seeds – they come in different sizes, shapes, and colors; some are edible, some are not. We’ll dissect seeds to see the inside and make a seed mosaic. Then we’ll discover what seeds need to grow into plants and our food.
July 7, 6-7:15pm: Space Travelers
All of our food can be traced back to the soil – we’ll play a game to illustrate this. Then, kids will put on their investigative hats and explore the world of soils – what it’s made of, how it’s formed, and why it’s so important to keep our soils healthy.
July 14, 6 – 7:15pm: Secret Smells
Insects and bugs are important for the garden – we’ll discover helpful bugs and learn how they communicate with one another in the environment. We’ll explore pollination and how insects help our garden to thrive.
July 21, 6-7:15pm: Let’s Get to the Root of This
What’s going on beneath the soil? We’ll have a special root view box for kids to discover what is usually hidden underground. We will also make our very own root view boxes for the kids to take home to watch how a plant grows and develops.
And more! Stay tuned for the rest of July and August activities!
(Schedule subject to change)
Funding provided by the Statewide Health Improvement Program
- Class Recipes
- June 16th, 2015
Emily shared some cost-effective, simple recipes using five ingredients or less. Tasty and for the taste buds and the eyes.
These are quick and easy summer salads, great for potlucks or picnics.
Cody from our produce department gave us some great ideas for using up those spring and early summer veggies. He also shared some great salad dressing and vinaigrette recipes. Thanks Cody!
The bulk aisle has a wide variety of grains available…but how to use them? Stefanie Hailperin shared some of her summer favorites. Some gluten free options and they’re all vegetarian friendly.