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Buy Fresh Buy Local Local Foods Guide of the Upper Minnesota River Valley A guide to the farms, farmers markets, retailers and restaurants that sell and grow local foods in the Upper Minnesota River Valley
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Buy Fresh Buy Local Local Foods Guide of the Upper Minnesota River Valley A guide to the farms, farmers markets, retailers and restaurants that sell and grow local foods in the Upper Minnesota River Valley prideoftheprairie.org Introduction Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) of the Upper MN River Valley is... A BRAND that identifies the Upper MN River Valley region and its abundant supply of local, sustainable, healthy foods. A CAMPAIGN that helps people understand food systems and make ethical and sustainable choices. A CHAPTER with partners representing the various sectors of a local food system working together to promote healthful sustainable and ethical food choices. Goals of the Upper Minnesota River Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign: To expand local markets for sustainably grown local foods. To increase the consumption of local, healthy food. To diversify the economic base and agricutural landscape. To protect the natural resources of the Upper MN River Valley. Structure of Buy Fresh Buy Local The Upper MN River Valley chapter is one of 70 Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters in the United States coordinated by the national Food Routes Network and its regional chapter affiliates. The brand was originally developed in 2002 as part of the Pride of the Prairie Local Foods System initiative led by the Land Stewardship Project along with these partners: the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Morris Prairie Renaissance, Pomme de Terre Food Coop, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, University of Minnesota (the Morris campus, West Central Partnership, West Central Research and Outreach Center, and Extension), Sodexo Campus Services, and area farmers. Three chapters in Minnesota St. Croix River Valley, Red River Valley, and Upper MN River Valley (Pride of the Prairie) are associated with Land Stewardship Project, the regional chapter affiliate. Food Routes provides communication tools, organizing support and marketing resources to local chapters to create their own unique, community-based local food campaigns. The BFBL label is a registered trademark owned by Food Routes. All local chapters pay a yearly fee of $500 to Food Routes or the Regional Chapter Affiliate. Each chapter must sign the master agreement and a chapter memorandum of agreement with Food Routes that outlines the chapter work plan and reporting requirements to Food Routes. The Upper MN River Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter Structure A Local Partner of the Upper MN River Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter is a farm; a small-scale processor utilizing local farm products; farmers market; or a retail business such as a restaurant, caterer, food cooperative or locally owned retail grocery store selling local products. Partners can also be organizations, government agencies, chambers of commerce, tourism bureaus and individuals who can endorse the chapter goals and participate in chapter activities. A Steering Committee composed of farmers, collaborationg organizations and other market partners meets regularly to guide the activities of the Upper MN River Valley Chapter. The University of Minnesota West Central Partnership hosts the chapter and staffs the steering committee. To learn more about BFBL of the Upper Minnesota River Valley visit Special Thanks: The University of Minnesota West Central Partnership for its generous funding; the Buy Fresh Buy Local Steering Committee: Ron Branch, Alexandria Farmers Market/MN Farmers Market Association; Kristi Link Fernholz, Western Minnesota Prairie Waters; Chris Hettig, Renville County EDA/HRA; Ryan Pesch, Lida Farm/U of M Extension; Dorothy Rosemeier, Uof M West Central Partnership; Dave Swenson, Swenson Orchards; Tom Taylor, Land Stewardship Project; Dale Umlauf, West Central Initiative - Business Development; and Patti Wente, Pomme de Terre Food Co-op. We also thank the Pride of the Prairie Foodies, a group of western Minnesota farmers and food citizens. The Buy Fresh Buy Local brand and all its illustrations are property and trademarks of the FoodRoutes Network. Production: Project Coordinators: Anne Borgendale (Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota and BFBL of the Upper MN River Valley) and Dorothy Rosemeier (U of M West Central Partnership) Photography: Kristi Link Fernholz (Kristi Link Fernholz Studio - kflstudio.com) Editor: Anne Borgendale Design: Colleen Borgendale and Anne Borgendale Map Designer: Ryan Pesch (U of M Extension & BFBL Steering Committee) Copy Editor & Web site support: Laura Borgendale (Lac Qui Parle Design - Printing: Quinco Press Inc., 411 Elm Street Box 146, Lowry, MN This guide is printed on recycled newsprint. Contact: Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Upper Minnesota River Valley University of Minnesota West Central Partnership, State Hwy 329, Morris, MN Phone: (320) or (320) or org 2 Buy Fresh Buy Local Local Foods Guide prideoftheprairie.org Table of Contents What is Buy Fresh Buy Local?...2 Why Local Food?... 3 Sustainable Food Vocabulary... 4 Meatnomers... 4 Seasonality Guide... 5 Farmers Markets... 7 Montevideo Area Farms Montevideo Area Map Willmar Area Farms Willmar Area Map Morris Area Farms Morris Area Map Lakes Area Farms Lakes Area Map Retailers Organizational Partners Organizing for Community Events Vocal Locals Farm-to-School Index by Product Index by Alphabetical Introduction Why Buy Local? Our supermarkets and restaurants provide access to tremendous amounts of food. Most of us live within an hour of a store with a dizzying array of food products available 24/7. So, why buy local? SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS. Every dollar you spend for local food goes to a local farmer. And that dollar circulates through your community. The farmers listed in this guide produce and sell food that is important to the local economy and culture. IT S FUN! Learn how your food was grown and who grew it. Reconnect with your farmer neighbors. Teach your children where food comes from and how to grow, prepare and store it. Got questions? Ask your local farmer! REDUCE TRANSPORTATION. Most of the food on our tables travels thousands of miles. This requires dependence on an energy-intensive distribution system, which brings us foods that we could be producing in our own region. FOOD SECURITY. Our global food system leaves us vulnerable to supply disruptions and food safety crises. Buying food locally strengthens our ability to feed ourselves and our communities. FRESH TASTES BETTER! Taste quality is a priority for all of the farmers listed in this guide and YOUR health is also a primary concern. HELP SHAPE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND QUALITY OF LIFE. Use your food dollars to give yourself a strong voice in the long-term prosperity, health and beauty of the Upper Minnesota River Basin. BECAUSE YOU CAN! Just look at the incredible diversity in our local pantry veggies, fruits, berries, meats, dairy products, legumes, grains, honey and more! We are blessed with the soil and climate to produce an abundance of tasty and nutritious foods and the people with the skills and desire to grow them. prideoftheprairie.org Upper MN River Valley 3 Introduction Sustainable Food Vocabulary Sustainable Agriculture: A management philosophy and attitude that honors nature and strives to cooperate with nature s processes. To be sustainable, farms must support a healthy ecosystem, a healthy economy and a healthy human community. Sustainable agriculture is a dynamic and changing process that integrates relationships between natural resources and the human community. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): Is a system where consumers buy a subscription in a farm before the growing season begins. In return, they receive a weekly delivery of produce throughout the growing season. Hoop Buildings: Often used for hogs, a hoop is an airy, low cost building in which animals are housed. Hoop buildings are characterized by more space per animal, a natural ventilation system and the opportunity for animals to interact with each other and their environment. Warmth is provided in the winter by deep straw, which is constantly replenished to maintain a clean upper layer and a heat-producing composting lower layer. Without Growth Stimulants: Most commercially grown livestock is implanted with or fed hormones or other stimulants to promote rapid growth. Animals raised without growth stimulants grow and develop at their own natural rate. Without Feed Antibiotics: These animals are raised without sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics in their feed or water. Antibiotics are not withheld when treating sick or injured animals. Fresh Grain, Freshly Milled: This is flour produced in a manner that assures freshness, maximizes the nutrient content and reduces the amount of oxidation of natural healthy fat found in the grain. Grass-Based Livestock Production: A large part of an animal s needs are met by grass and forage. Animals are moved through numerous paddocks, spreading manure in a biologically sound manner. Organic: This is food produced without using chemical insecticides, fertilizers, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones or genetically modified foods or seeds. Certified Organic: A third-party certifying agency has inspected and documented these practices. Food Alliance Midwest (FAM): Farms with the Food Alliance seal of approval have been certified as environmentally friendly and socially responsible producers. The FAM seal empowers consumers to support the good stewardship of local farms. Visit their website, for more information. Meatnomers Meatnomers: a brief glossary of meat-related terms, drawing from a variety of sources including but not limited to the USDA, agriculture-focused non-profits, food blogs and Merriam Webster. Animal Husbandry: The breeding, feeding, and care of farm animals; also called ranching. Antibiotic Free: Used to refer to meat animals that have grown up without ever having ingested antibiotics. Organic certification prohibits the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry. Certified Humane: An independent certification that connotes animals were provided a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones, and were raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors. Free Range: A technical term as defined by the USDA requiring that outdoor access be made available to animals. Grain Fed: Refers to ruminants such as cows, goats, and sheep whose natural diets consist of fiber-rich grasses, but whom are fed corn. Grass-Fed: To qualify for the USDA grass-fed label, cattle must be fed only mother s milk and forage (grass and other greens) during their lifetime. The forage can be grazed or consumed as hay or other stored forage. Also, the cattle must have access to pasture during the growing season. (http://www.motherearthnews.com/sustainable-farming/ /usda-grass-fed-label.aspx) Pastured: A term as yet undefined by the USDA which implies that animals grazed/ lived outdoors on grass. For more information, online resources for local meats include and Meatnomers are used with permission from CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farms). Meatnomers originally appeared in CAFF s publication the Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide for the California Central Coast, 3 rd Edition. 4 Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide prideoftheprairie.org Products Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Apples Apple Cider Artichokes, Jerusalem Arugula Asparagus Barley Beef Beets Blackberries Bok Choi Broccoli Brussel Sprouts Buckwheat Butter Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Celeriac Celery Chard Cheese Chicken Chokecherries Collards Corn Meal Cress (Greens) Cucumbers Currants Daikon Dandelion (Greens) Dried Herbs Duck Eggplant Eggs Endive Fennel Flax Garlic Garlic Greens Goat Gooseberries Green Beans Honey Horseradish seasonality guide prideoftheprairie.org Upper MN River Valley 5 seasonality guide 6 Products Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jams Jellies Kale Kohlrabi Lamb Leeks Lettuces Melons Mushrooms Mustard Oats Okra Onions Parsnips Peas Peppers Plums Popcorn Pork Potatoes Pumpkins Purslane Radicchio Radishes Raspberries Rhubarb Rutabaga Rye Scallions Shallots Soybeans Spelt Spinach Sprouts Strawberries Squash, Summer Squash, Winter Sweet Corn Sweet Potatoes Tomatoes Turkey Turnips Wheat Zucchini Buy Fresh Buy Local Local Foods Guide prideoftheprairie.org Farmers markets Before you leave home to visit a farmers market or farm: Check to see that the farm or market is open. Ask whether the product that you are seeking is available. Verify directions to the farm or market if it is your first visit. If you plan on bring children or pets, make sure they will be welcomed (Not all farms allow children or pets). When visiting a farmers market bring bags with handles. Remember to bring cash and/or checks with you to the farmers market. many farmers may not be able to process credit cards. Rural Homeopathy Ann Herdina Olivia, MN Classical Homeopathy: The natural way to mental, emotional and physical health Our Farm is Certified Organic 7farmers markets prideoftheprairie.org Upper MN River Valley 7 farmers markets Town Map ID BFBL Day Time Time of Year Contact Location Phone & Web Alexandria A x Sat Appleton B x Tues Thurs 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. May - Oct Starting after mid-june Ron Branch Big Ole Central Park Broadway & 2 nd Ave. (320) member_display.php?id=7 Wed 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. June 24 - Oct Colleen Tosel 420 North Munsterman St.. (320) Barrett H X Tues 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m Seasonal Byron Bartz Barrett South of Fire Hall (320) Becker- Willmar C x Benson D x Thurs 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. June 4 - Sept 24, 2009 Sat 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Aug 1 - Oct 3, 2009 Nancy Johnson Beverly Dougherty Becker Ave. between 4 th & 5 th St. - Willmar (320) or (320) willmardesigncenter.com Stephanie Heinzig Downtown Railroad Park (320) Buffalo Lake E Sat 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Seasonal Evon Porter Buffalo Lake City Park (Hwy 212) Dawson F Thurs 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Seasonal Gloria Kerkaert Veteran s Memorial Park (south of the Lac Qui Parle River and Downtown) Elbow Lake G x (320) (320) Thurs 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m Seasonal Byron Bartz Zoo Park by the Elevators (320) Fairfax I Tues July - Sept 1 st St. SE of Hwy 19 Granite Falls J Wed 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Seasonal Sonja Siemieniewski By the dam off Princess Street (320) Hector K Wed 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. June 10 - Fall Sherry Kenny Shuttle parking lot 1001 (Hwy 212 E.) Hoffman L x Hutchinson M x Sat Wed (320) Wed 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Starting July 1 Muriel Krusemark Hoffman City Park (320) :00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. June - Oct Melissa Reichl Hugo Rusch Madison N Tues 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Seasonal Betty Lou Mathiowetz VFW Lot Corner of Washington Ave. & Adams St. Marshall O Sat 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Seasonal John Burke Schwan s Parking Lot 115 W. College Dr. Marshall - Thursdays on Third P X Thurs 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. June 18 - Sept, 2009 John s Park by Fairgrounds (507) (320) (320) (507) Ellayne Conyers 356 West Main St. (507) Buy Fresh Buy Local Local Foods Guide prideoftheprairie.org Town Map ID BFBL Day Time Time of Year Contact Location Phone & Web Milan Q X Wed 4:00 p.m. Seasonal Jessi Wood Main Street (North 2nd St.) By the Library & Bergen s Prairie Market Montevideo R x Thurs Sat 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. June - Oct Pauline Stranlund Smith Park (Across from the Montevideo City Hall) (320) (320) Morris S Tues Fri 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Seasonal Joyce &Luverne Pieske American Legion Lot (5 th St. & Pacific Downtown) (320) New London T x Sat Tues 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Seasonal Brian & Linda Hinkemeyer New London, MN (320) Olivia U Thurs 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Seasonal Nancy Strandfuss City Parking Lot (9 th St. and Fairview) (320) Ortonville Big Stone City, SD V Sat Paynesville W x Tues 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Starts in June Starts in June Donette Herberg Main Street Ortonville at the Columbia Hotel Lake Side Park in Big Stone City Sat 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. May 30 - Oct Dick Geers Paynesville American Legion 770 West Hwy 23 (320) (320) Pope- Glenwood X x Sat Thurs 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. June - Oct Carol Cheeseman Pope County Fairgrounds 230 Minnesota Ave. W (32) Renville Y Fri 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Seasonal Shirley Fredrickson Water Tower Park (320) Sauk Centre Z Wed Sat 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Seasonal Daniel & Gilda Gieske American Legion Parking Lot (320) Walnut Grove AA x Willmar AB x Fri 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. May - Oct Tiffany Batalden Hwy 14 Walnut Grove, MN Sat 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. July - Oct Miriam VandeSteeg Westside Liquor Parking Lot 1600 Litchfield Ave. E (507) (320) (320) farmers markets prideoftheprairie.org Upper MN River Valley 9 Farms Montevideo Area Farms How to use the farm guide: The numbers in parenthesis are used to identify farm locations on the maps. Each farm listing includes contact information, a short farm description, how to find the farm s products, and what food and farm products each farm produces. The farms are organized by county within four subregions: the Montevideo Area, the Willmar Area, the Morris Area and the Lakes Area. If you are looking for a specific farm or food please see the indexes at the back of the guide. Look for this Symbol: y Certified Organic o Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) V Food Alliance Midwest Certified Farmers Market Location (on maps) Farm Location (on maps) Montevideo Area Including: Chippewa County, Lac Qui Parle County, Pipestone County, Redwood County and Yellow Medicine County Chippewa County Backyard Food Shelf (1) Aziz Ansari 212 S 2 nd St. Watson, MN (320) We conduct workshops that teach people how to build hoop beds and extend the growing season and grow nutritious food in small spaces, thus creating a backyard food shelf. In the process, we give away fresh vegetables grown on our facility for donations in the form of time and/or contributions. Fresh vegetables and plants are available on site on an honor basis during the season. How to find our farm products: Located on Hwy 7 in Watson (west of Montevideo). Farm stand on site with an honor system. Products: Plants, fresh vegetables, workshops to build hoop beds and growing vegetables from germination to planting and beyond. Double D Natural Meats (2) V Don Struxness & Dan Struxness Hwy 40 NW Milan, MN (320) or (320) We have frozen beef quarters, halves, bundles and packages available. Our grass finished beef is naturally fed with no added hormones or implants, no antibiotics, and no animal protein byproducts. Available year round. How to find our farm Sproducts: Double D Beef can be purchased at Bergen s Prairie Market in Milan and on our farm. Products: Grass-finished beef. Dry Weather Creek Farm (3) y Mark Lange th St. NW Milan, MN (320) or (320) Home of Dry Weather Creek Farm Organic Flour and Grain Mill. Organically grown and milled flour and grain products milled fresh to order. How to find our farm products: Bergen s Prairie Market, Milan; Bill s Supermarket, Montevideo; Pomme de Terre Food Co-op, Morris; and directly from the farm. Products: Whole wheat flour, unbleached white flour, graham flour, rye flour, cornmeal, corn grits, flax seeds, ground glax, and wheat bran. All in 1-lb, 5-lb and 30-lb bags. Easy Bean Farm (4) o Mike Jacobs & Malena Handeen th Ave. NW Milan, MN (320) Our farm is 120 acres of prairie, woodland, pasture and cropland. The profitability of our farm is measured as much by the quality of the water, the health of the soil, and the diversity of its ecosystem as by the dollars it brings 10 Buy Fresh Buy Local Local Foods Guide prideoftheprairie.org us. As we farm, it is our goal to produce agricultural systems that are as stable and diverse as the natural ecosystem they replace. How to find our farm products: CSA. Products: Vegetables. Garden Goddess Produce (5) o Carol Ford & Chuck Waibel 405 S 4 th St. Milan
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