The Â Minnesota Grown directory is now available and is celebrating 30 years of connecting Minnesotans with local producers! This guidebook has been a lifesaver for us since we started eating locally and still lives in a handy drawer in our kitchen. It lists hundreds of products and services available direct from the farm, including the standard produce, meat, and dairy and the not-so-standard items like wild rice, wine, and emu. It also includes farmers markets, CSA’s, and my favorite, an index of listings by product. Â Our 2010 copy has circles, notes, and prices scribbled in from trying to find the first available pick-your-own strawberries. Â All of the apple orchards that were still open in January are highlighted from when I wanted one more batch of applesauce.
The guidebooks are free and available at many libraries, farmers markets, and co-ops around the state. Â If you can’t find one at a community location, you can order one at Minnesotagrown.com or go even greener and search their online directory. Â This year’s directory has 900+ listings from around this state and promises to again be a must-have for all Minnesota locavores!