Minnesota Farmers Markets – The State of Minnesota’s Website – Go Local

I have been eager to go to the Farmer’s Market and went last weekend to find Bar Five Poultry, and Wild Run Salmon and Bruce Wry Cheese along with Patnode’s Produce a seller of trucked-in vegetables. Only four sellers braved the cold.  Someone was buying a chicken.  I look forward to opening day and hope this long drawn out winter will not delay the crops.  First crop in is asparagus and don’t forget the bedding plants.  (Get outside.)

Lyndale Farmer's Market from Minnesota Grown April 17, 2011

The Minneapolis Lyndale Farmer’s Market Officially opens the 2011 season on April 30, 2011!

This Farmer’s Market is on Facebook and Twitter.

http://www.mplsfarmersmarket.com/. Retrieved April 17, 2011.

Another piece of news is that Minnesota farmers who lease land to the Hmong farmers have raised the prices for the land each year.  Recently they jacked prices up to the point that it is not affordable.  It was reported that some of the Hmong, who grew produce for years, have to quit growing.  Considering how little the Hmong charge for their food, it would make sense if they, in turn, raised their prices. Right?

To say that Minnesotans are going green more and more would not be an exaggeration. There are over 130 Farmer’s Market’s in the state. You can find one at the State’s website which has information on CSAs, Garden Centers, Farmstay B&Bs, Farm fresh meats, and Maple Syrup just for starters. You can easily locate one near you by typing in your zip code in the handy search tool on this link. (Check it out. There’s too much to list here.) http://www3.mda.state.mn.us/mngrown/?gclid=CK6dr-Pro6gCFRIq7AodtFcvJA Retrieved April 17, 2011.

The websites’ heading reads: “Find Local Foods and More.” The emphasis is on the more part.  They have helpful lookups like what’s in season.  It lists all the upcoming events. See The Living Green Expo http://www.livinggreenexpo.mn/ Retrieved April 17, 2011.

“Minnesota Grown is proud to be a sponsor of the Living Green Expo. Mark your calendars for May 7-8, 2011. Discover how to live better and save money. The 2011 Living Green Expo will showcase more than 300 exhibitors, workshops and activities. Make sure you visit us at our Minnesota Grown booth to pick up the new 2011-2012 Directory! Hope to see you all there!”

This website is easy to use, fun, and informative.  It’s about Minnesota.

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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