- Upcoming Events
- August 29th, 2014
Minnesota on Mulberry, the 2nd Season
Friday, September 12
Join us on the patio for the final Minnesota on Mulberry of the season. The meal will showcase an abundance of local fare, featuring a pork tenderloin from Mrs. Pork (Glencoe, MN).
Nestled in the small farming community of Glencoe, MN, Mrs. Pork is locally owned and operated by Dave and Terry Theis. Dave has been in the pork business for a long time, starting out as a farmer and herdsman, eventually earning the recognition as one of the top 10 best-managed farms in America by Top Farmer Magazine. He and Terry have since transitioned to processing pork, rather than raising it. However, they retain quality relationships with their area producers, all five of which are located within 50 miles of the Glencoe processing facility.
Mrs. Pork products are all Certified Duroc Pork – raised on a purely vegetarian diet and with strict growing guidelines to ensure healthy animals. Minimally processed without added chemicals, artificial ingredients, or coloring ingredients, Mrs. Pork is a delicious all-natural local pork option.
Kids @ the Co-op
Tuesday, September 16
Come celebrate Farm-to-School month and get new ideas for back to school lunch and snack ideas at the St. Peter Food Co-op’s “Kids @ the Co-op” on Tuesday, September 16 from 5-7pm. A free event, geared for kids under 12 and their families, complete with live music by Gallimaufry, activities by Community Education and the St. Peter Art Center, free samples, and a chance to meet several of the Co-op’s local farmers and vendors.
Kids @ the Co-op is an opportunity to celebrate good-for-you foods and encourage kids to experiment with their taste buds. It also gives the whole family a chance to learn where their food comes from, especially during Minnesota’s peak harvest season. Complete with free samples, great giveaways, and a chance to meet Mulberry Moo, our Co-op Kids Club mascot.
- Thousand Hills Cattle Company Beef Sale!
- July 25th, 2014
Starts today! Only while supplies last.
If you were to take a trip to Todd Churchill’s ranch in Cannon Falls, MN, you would see a herd of cattle idly grazing on pasture rich with grasses and legumes growing in fertile soil. Picturesque, no? If you were to make your way to this small piece of Minnesotan pasture, you would not just be looking at any herd of cattle, but home base for Thousand Hills Cattle Company. Started back in 2003, THCC was the brainchild of Todd Churchill, whose main goal was to grow and market superior tasting beef. His solution: carefully selected cattle that thrive on a 100% grassfed diet without any added hormones or antibiotics getting in the way of flavor and quality. With time, Todd’s 500 acre farm could not stand up to the nation-wide demand for Thousand Hills beef all on its own, so he has developed a network of independent farmers throughout the Midwest committed to raising beef following THCC’s established protocols. Through the rapid growth of the THCC brand, Todd has remained true to the founding principles of humanely raised beef that is truly a cut above the rest.
- Premium Michigan Blueberries and Peaches
- July 24th, 2014
Direct from the grower and the best blueberries available all year. Get a 5 pound box for $21.99 or buy them by the pound ($4.99/pound).
Eat. Preserve. Buy enough to freeze.
Michigan Peaches will be arriving mid-August. Reserve your 25 pound box today!
- Minnesota on Mulberry
- July 9th, 2014
Join us Friday, July 18 (6-8pm) for the next Minnesota on Mulberry! This time, the meal will feature a Red Lake Walleye Fillet.
The Red Lake Nation Fishery, located in Redby, MN just north of Bemidji, exemplifies the power of a locally owned and operated business. Throughout the year, the Fishery buys hook-and-line caught fish from over 400 anglers from the local community. Bianca Mendoza, Marketing and Sales Representative for the Fishery, says “we prefer the hook and line caught method because individual members are able to get out on the lake and make an income.” In addition to the anglers, the Fishery directly employs around 80 people to hand fillet each and every fish that runs through the facility. By making regular donations to the elders, offering yearly scholarships to graduating seniors and job training for youth, the impact of the Fishery is spread throughout. Not only is the Fishery helping to drive the local economy, it is doing so in a way that ensures the fish will persist in perpetuity, thus safeguarding the community’s future.
Come enjoy live music by Geoff Elvee on the patio and a delicious, local meal.
$15 (non-members), $12 (member-owners)
- Eat Local Farm Tour
- June 30th, 2014
As you walk through the aisles of your co-op, picking up that fresh, crisp, leafy green lettuce from Gardens of Eagan or grabbing that glass milk bottle, cream top of course, from Cedar Summit Farms, do you ever wonder how that fresh produce or milk made it to the shelves of your co-op? What do bees, goats, and vegetables have in common anyway? Sure, their products are all for sale at your local Co-op, but why does that matter? These are all great questions that can be answered by attending the 2014 Eat Local Farm Tour. Don’t stay in the dark about your food – get connected! By purchasing local products, you are supporting your local farmers by providing them a fair price for the food that they grow and produce for you.
The farmers, together with the Twin Cities Co-ops, would like to invite you to a day out on their farms. Join us on Saturday, July 19 as you explore the local foodshed, visit with your farmers, and learn how they grow or make your food. The Eat Local Farm Tour, now in it’s fourth year, continues to grow and educate communities on what good and real food is, while providing a place for you to really get in touch with what you are consuming.
You will find the scenery on the farms in the countryside to be picturesque; rolling hills, lush green land, happy cows! Your urban farm tour could include some fun folks on bikes in bee costumes that will lead you to the sweet honey and bees that produce it for you! You get to decide how you best want to connect to your food. Consider packing a picnic lunch for your family and taking in the beauty of the countryside. The co-ops also welcome you to stop by for lunch. You don’t need to be a member to shop at the co-ops and you will find many of the foods that you saw in the fields, on our shelves. It’s that fresh!
Confirmed on this year’s tour are: Kohnert Organic Farms, East Henderson Farm, Cedar Summit, L and R Produce, Simple Harvest Farm Organics, Ferndale Farm, Humble Pie Farm, Bossy Acres, Singing Hills Goat Dairy, Gardens of Eagan, WEI, 10th Street Farm & Market, Big River Farm, Whistling Well Farm, Star Prairie Trout Farm, Growing Lots, Beez Kneez, and Stone’s Throw.
Stay connected to the tour and follow what is happening Check out the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EatLocalFarmTour.coop. For an electronic copy of the guide, Click here. Otherwise, pick up a hard copy at the St. Peter Food Co-op.
The Twin Cities Food Co-ops thank you for your patronage to our stores, and we hope you will get out on the farms and learn where your food comes from.