Find it Local Friday: Minnesota Grown Directory

Taking a break from spinach today to help announce the release of the 2012 Minnesota Grown Directory. It’s one of my favorite days of the year and a terrific way to kick of the summer growing season.

Why is the Minnesota Grown Directory worth a Find it Local Friday of its own? It’s a one-stop shop for answers to all your locavore questions:

  • How can I be a Minnesota Locavore? Listings for 945 sources for locally-grown food and products around the state. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s comprehensive list can help you find whatever your locavore heart desires.
  • How do I eat local on the road? The guidebook is divided by the 5 major regions around the state (Northwest, Arrowhead/Northeast, Twin Cities Metro, Southeast, and Southwest) and sorted by county. If you’re visiting Great-Grandma this summer or taking a trip to the cabin, check out the local producers in other parts of the state.
  • Is 2012 is the year I should join a CSA? The guidebook has listings for more than 60 CSA’s around the state including contact info and delivery locations.
  • I want to pick strawberries and check out a farm stay. How do I find those? The guidebook is indexed by product or service to quickly help you find producers in your area that carry whatever your locavore heart desires. There’s a section to find organic products, compost and landscaping materials, and specific vegetables. There’s even a section for beefalo if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • I’m going on a vacation this summer, where can I find a farmers’ market on the way? 156 farmers’ markets around the state are listed, including locations, dates, and times of operation.

The only question left to answer is, ‘where do I find a copy of the directory?’ If you’re headed out to a farmers’ market this weekend, check the vendor tables. Many producers that use the Minnesota Grown label will have guidebooks available. Contact your local co-op or natural food store to see if they have copies on hand.  You can also order free copies of the directory online from the MinnesotaGrown.com website. 

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