FARMERS


Dragsmith — Barron, WI

We grow approximately 30 acres of certified organic produce that we market, along with Bison, Elk, Lamb, Honey, Maple Syrup and many other products from neighboring farms, at our on farm store and greenhouses; some of the finest farmers markets, restaurants and food co-ops in Minnesota and Wisconsin year around.

Garden Farme — Ramsey, MN Certified Organic since 1977, and family farm since 1913,  Garden Farme offers specialty market gardening and custom growing for restaurants and caterers. We offer internships with fresh garden food, lodging and cooperative work agenda, and sell 5 gal. wildflower bulk honey. We have a potted tree nursery; 25-acre prairie restoration, and are a permaculture demonstration site.  Available as a host site for agro-ecology research projects, seminars and retreats, private parties, picnics, weddings, plein air painting, et al. Also offer a site to incubate your own micro-enterprise (e.g. CSA, cut flower summer garden, etc). Located 30 miles NW of cities. Call for questions or directions.  /Website

Garden Farme — Ramsey, MN

Certified Organic since 1977, and family farm since 1913,  Garden Farme offers specialty market gardening and custom growing for restaurants and caterers. We offer internships with fresh garden food, lodging and cooperative work agenda, and sell 5 gal. wildflower bulk honey. We have a potted tree nursery; 25-acre prairie restoration, and are a permaculture demonstration site.  Available as a host site for agro-ecology research projects, seminars and retreats, private parties, picnics, weddings, plein air painting, et al. Also offer a site to incubate your own micro-enterprise (e.g. CSA, cut flower summer garden, etc). Located 30 miles NW of cities. Call for questions or directions. 

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Tiny Diner Farm — Minneapolis, MN Two full-time farmers practice permaculture techniques based on whole-systems thinking and grow seasonal produce for all eight of the restaurants at Garden Farme, one of Minnesota’s first organic farms. More than sixty different crops are grown here, then delivered to the restaurants within hours of harvesting. The farmers and chefs are in constant collaboration, ensuring as much produce as possible is used in new, creative ways.   Over 2000 pounds of produce was harvested in 2016. /Website

Tiny Diner Farm — Minneapolis, MN

Two full-time farmers practice permaculture techniques based on whole-systems thinking and grow seasonal produce for all eight of the restaurants at Garden Farme, one of Minnesota’s first organic farms.

More than sixty different crops are grown here, then delivered to the restaurants within hours of harvesting. The farmers and chefs are in constant collaboration, ensuring as much produce as possible is used in new, creative ways.   Over 2000 pounds of produce was harvested in 2016.

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Footjoy Farm — Sparta, WI Chad Forsberg (owner) grew up south of Minneapolis and began growing vegetables there. It was an interest in self-sustenance and sustainability with a concern for world food security that propelled him into agriculture. It was in the Twin Cities where he began working with local chefs to provide them with the finest produce possible, searching out rare, unusual, beautiful heirloom vegetables of all kinds. Footjoy Farm's produce is loved and used widely throughout the best restaurants in the cities, and it is this same produce that you will receive each week in your CSA share. /Website

Footjoy Farm — Sparta, WI

Chad Forsberg (owner) grew up south of Minneapolis and began growing vegetables there. It was an interest in self-sustenance and sustainability with a concern for world food security that propelled him into agriculture. It was in the Twin Cities where he began working with local chefs to provide them with the finest produce possible, searching out rare, unusual, beautiful heirloom vegetables of all kinds. Footjoy Farm's produce is loved and used widely throughout the best restaurants in the cities, and it is this same produce that you will receive each week in your CSA share.

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Fischer Family Farm — Waseca, MN Fischer Family FarmsFischer Family Farms has been in business for five generations, and they have been producing quality pork products for many years. For the last six years, they have been providing pork to many local restaurants, servicing primarily the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Tim and Marijo are dedicated to raising healthy, high-quality pork at prices that everyone can afford.  /Website

Fischer Family Farm — Waseca, MN

Fischer Family FarmsFischer Family Farms has been in business for five generations, and they have been producing quality pork products for many years. For the last six years, they have been providing pork to many local restaurants, servicing primarily the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Tim and Marijo are dedicated to raising healthy, high-quality pork at prices that everyone can afford. 

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Great Northern Seafoods — Alaska > MN Great Northern Seafood provides the worlds finest wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon which is flash frozen at the waters edge and delivered directly to your door. /Website

Great Northern Seafoods — Alaska > MN

Great Northern Seafood provides the worlds finest wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon which is flash frozen at the waters edge and delivered directly to your door.

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Larry Schultz Organic Farm — Owatonna MN Selling organic eggs, chicken an turkey since 1992.   /Website

Larry Schultz Organic Farm — Owatonna MN

Selling organic eggs, chicken an turkey since 1992.  

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Pastures a Plenty — Kerkhoven, MN  Pastures A Plenty Farm is home to a hog farrow to finish operation as well as free range chickens and a seasonal cattle grazing business. Our pork is available at several Twin Cities food co-ops and also at local restaurants. /Website

Pastures a Plenty — Kerkhoven, MN

 Pastures A Plenty Farm is home to a hog farrow to finish operation as well as free range chickens and a seasonal cattle grazing business. Our pork is available at several Twin Cities food co-ops and also at local restaurants.

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The Fish Guys — St. Louis Park, MN The Fish Guys, Inc., was founded in 1993 with the desire to source the freshest and widest variety of seafood from around the globe and deliver it locally to customers who understand and appreciate uncompromising quality. /Website

The Fish Guys — St. Louis Park, MN

The Fish Guys, Inc., was founded in 1993 with the desire to source the freshest and widest variety of seafood from around the globe and deliver it locally to customers who understand and appreciate uncompromising quality.

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Coastal Seafoods — Minneapolis, MN Coastal Seafoods provides quality fish and seafood to over 200 restaurants and co-ops in the 5 state area. /Website

Coastal Seafoods — Minneapolis, MN

Coastal Seafoods provides quality fish and seafood to over 200 restaurants and co-ops in the 5 state area.

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Peterson Limousin Beef — Osceola, WI Peterson Limousin Beef is a family operation specializing in producing a premium-quality natural beef with genetically superior cattle – Limousin /Website

Peterson Limousin Beef — Osceola, WI

Peterson Limousin Beef is a family operation specializing in producing a premium-quality natural beef with genetically superior cattle – Limousin

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Beeler's Pure Pork — Le Mars, IA The Beeler story began way back in 1846 when our great-great Grandpa Fred emigrated from Germany and settled in the gently rolling hills of Madison County, Iowa. On his farmstead Grandpa began raising pigs. Grandpa Beeler’s agricultural endeavors met success when he loaded his provisions into his horse drawn wagon and left Truro, Iowa, headed for Denver, Colorado. Six generations later, we’re proud to say, our family is still carrying on Grandpa’s legacy of raising and marketing pork products. /Website

Beeler's Pure Pork — Le Mars, IA

The Beeler story began way back in 1846 when our great-great Grandpa Fred emigrated from Germany and settled in the gently rolling hills of Madison County, Iowa. On his farmstead Grandpa began raising pigs. Grandpa Beeler’s agricultural endeavors met success when he loaded his provisions into his horse drawn wagon and left Truro, Iowa, headed for Denver, Colorado. Six generations later, we’re proud to say, our family is still carrying on Grandpa’s legacy of raising and marketing pork products.

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Shepherd Song Farm — Downing, WI Shepherd Song is a small family sheep and goat farm in Northwest Wisconsin. We started in 1988 with 15 ewes and the enthusiastic encouragement of 2 Belgian Sheepdogs, Dia and Tye. By the year 2000, our family had grown to approximately 400 breeding ewes, 100 breeding does and 6 llamas. /Website

Shepherd Song Farm — Downing, WI

Shepherd Song is a small family sheep and goat farm in Northwest Wisconsin. We started in 1988 with 15 ewes and the enthusiastic encouragement of 2 Belgian Sheepdogs, Dia and Tye. By the year 2000, our family had grown to approximately 400 breeding ewes, 100 breeding does and 6 llamas.

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Gentleman Forager — Minneapolis, MN Wild products of the woods and waters, guided hunts, classes and events. /Website

Gentleman Forager — Minneapolis, MN

Wild products of the woods and waters, guided hunts, classes and events.

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Mike Jurmu — Forager

Au Bond Canard Foie Gras — Caledonia, MN

Duck farm.

 

Local Brews and Spirits

Surly Brewing Company — Brooklyn Center, MN  Craft brewery based in Brooklyn Center. /Website

Surly Brewing Company — Brooklyn Center, MN

 Craft brewery based in Brooklyn Center.

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co. — Duluth, MN Craft brewery offering pilsner & black ale among its flagship beers, with tours & a taproom. /Website

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. — Duluth, MN

Craft brewery offering pilsner & black ale among its flagship beers, with tours & a taproom.

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Schell's Brewery — New Ulm, MN We are a family owned and operated brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota. Our story began in 1860 when August Schell, a German immigrant, couldn’t find a traditional German beer in his new home. So, he made his own. /Website

Schell's Brewery — New Ulm, MN

We are a family owned and operated brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota. Our story began in 1860 when August Schell, a German immigrant, couldn’t find a traditional German beer in his new home. So, he made his own.

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Bell's Brewery — Kalamazoo, MI Our journey began with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through our breweries and Eccentric Café. We continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to our mission; to be fiercely independent, 100% family owned, deeply rooted to our community, committed to the environment and brewers of inspired beer. /Webiste

Bell's Brewery — Kalamazoo, MI

Our journey began with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through our breweries and Eccentric Café. We continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to our mission; to be fiercely independent, 100% family owned, deeply rooted to our community, committed to the environment and brewers of inspired beer.

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Alexis Bailly Vineyard — Hastings, MN Minnesota's Original Winery Celebrating 43 Years of Growing Grapes  and Making Wine in Minnesota In 1973, our family planted the first vineyard in Minnesota with a pioneering spirit that has brought us unlikely fame in the wine drinking world. Our tasting room opened in 1978 with the celebratory release of the first wines ever produced commercially of 100% Minnesota grown grapes. Today, the second generation of our family continues this proud heritage of making wines in the world's most difficult climate – "Where the grapes can suffer." /Website

Alexis Bailly Vineyard — Hastings, MN

Minnesota's Original Winery

Celebrating 43 Years of Growing Grapes 

and Making Wine in Minnesota

In 1973, our family planted the first vineyard in Minnesota with a pioneering spirit that has brought us unlikely fame in the wine drinking world.

Our tasting room opened in 1978 with the celebratory release of the first wines ever produced commercially of 100% Minnesota grown grapes.

Today, the second generation of our family continues this proud heritage of making wines in the world's most difficult climate – "Where the grapes can suffer."

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2 Gingers Whiskey — Minneapolis, MN Distilled twice, not thrice for a distinctly uncommon Irish whiskey. /Website

2 Gingers Whiskey — Minneapolis, MN

Distilled twice, not thrice for a distinctly uncommon Irish whiskey.

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 Tattersall Distilling — Minneapolis, MN We believe in crafting the absolute best — in life, at the still and behind the bar. Passionate about taste. Committed to quality. Uncompromising every step of the way. Life is too short for anything less.  Our spirits and liqueurs are the result of research, experimentation and dedication to the finest ingredients available. /Website

 Tattersall Distilling — Minneapolis, MN

We believe in crafting the absolute best — in life, at the still and behind the bar. Passionate about taste. Committed to quality. Uncompromising every step of the way. Life is too short for anything less. 

Our spirits and liqueurs are the result of research, experimentation and dedication to the finest ingredients available.

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11 Wells Spirits — St. Paul, MN  Located in the historic Hamm's Brewery on Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul, 11 Wells is proud to be part of the revitalization of the Payne Avenue Corridor along with our other great neighbors Ward 6 restaurant, Ace Hardware, Flat Earth Brewery, and Urban Organics.  And, yes, there are 11 wells on site, the 11th of which will be the water source of our spirits. You may have heard of us before under the name Mill City Distillery, but we have renamed our distillery 11 Wells to be true to our St. Paul roots.  /Website

11 Wells Spirits — St. Paul, MN  Located in the historic Hamm's Brewery on Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul, 11 Wells is proud to be part of the revitalization of the Payne Avenue Corridor along with our other great neighbors Ward 6 restaurant, Ace Hardware, Flat Earth Brewery, and Urban Organics.  And, yes, there are 11 wells on site, the 11th of which will be the water source of our spirits. You may have heard of us before under the name Mill City Distillery, but we have renamed our distillery 11 Wells to be true to our St. Paul roots. 

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Fitzgerald Gin — Minneapolis, MN Fitzgerald Gin, Formula No. 1, is a hybrid between a classic London dry style gin and an old world gin. Fitzgerald leads with a strong juniper flavor backed by citrus, angelica root, and licorice root. The result is a gin that stands on its own, but is equally tasty in a cocktail or mixed drink. /Website

Fitzgerald Gin — Minneapolis, MN

Fitzgerald Gin, Formula No. 1, is a hybrid between a classic London dry style gin and an old world gin. Fitzgerald leads with a strong juniper flavor backed by citrus, angelica root, and licorice root. The result is a gin that stands on its own, but is equally tasty in a cocktail or mixed drink.

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Lost Falls Vodka — Minneapolis, MN  

Lost Falls Vodka — Minneapolis, MN

 

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING LOCAL AND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE


Alliance for Sustainability We’re here to help you learn about, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Through our programs and outreach, the Alliance has mobilized thousands of citizens and conscious consumers, congregations and communities to move toward sustainability. /Website

Alliance for Sustainability

We’re here to help you learn about, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Through our programs and outreach, the Alliance has mobilized thousands of citizens and conscious consumers, congregations and communities to move toward sustainability.

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Land Stewardship Project

The mission of the Land Stewardship Project is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.

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Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)

The purpose of MISA is to bring together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond

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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

In the mid-1980s, family farmers across America were in the fight of their lives. Prices had dropped below the cost of production. Family farmers were told they were inefficient and they had to either get big or get out. Deeply flawed national and international policies were the root cause of the crisis. A galvanizing effort to save the family farm helped spawn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America's rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment.

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Next Step: MN Sustainable Communities Network

Increasing numbers of Minnesotans recognize that a transition to a more sustainable society is needed if we are to leave a healthy natural environment, a prosperous economy and vibrant communities for future generations. Many individuals and organizations throughout the state are working toward sustainability in areas as diverse as agriculture, waste management, energy, manufacturing, retail, urban planning, economic development, policy, housing, forestry, education, land use and transportation. The goal of MnSCN and their website is to encourage networking, information exchange, and better access to assistance. This network consists of an even mix of over 3,000 individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, local governments, educational institutions, and other organizations in Minnesota (and bordering areas) who are interested in moving toward sustainability.

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