Two studies in northwestern Minnesota show the health care institutions can be a bigger market for local food than schools but that so far most producers of specialty crops prefer to stick with direct sales like farmers markets. Read more →
Admirers of Chuck Waibel, of Milan in western Minnesota, are gathering Saturday to honor the man. Waibel, who died this summer at the age of 55, was a strong proponent of local foods and of building greenhouses that could extend the growing season for producers. Read more →
Probably not a lot of restaurants serve a pork and sauerkraut rice plate, but that was the special one recent day at Solar’s Real Food Cafe in Springfield, a southern Minnesota town with a strong German heritage. Read more →
MORRIS, Minn – Lucky for small towns, many of the things they do best, like growing local food and wine and making things by hand, are now in vogue. That was the message at a filled-to-the-brim seminar on tourism and rural economies during the final day of the two-day Rural Arts and Culture Summit at Read more →
A University of Minnesota Extension researcher surveyed health institutions in western Minnesota and found considerable interest in using local food in their meals. He also determined that if producers extend their season with greenhouses and better storage technology they can double their market.
The Whole Farm Co-op in Long Prairie, around since 1997, is changing the way it provides local farm produce and meats to customers, mainly in the Twin Cities. The changes are driven by competition from other local food sources.
Given high farm land prices and a large number of farmers reaching retirement age, John Mesko of the Sustainable Farming Association has started a counseling program to keep farms organic and sustainable.