This post is part of the guest series “Locavore Q & A“. Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a seasoned local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. Each post highlights a different perspective on local food. Today’s post was written by Dayna Burtness, grower/owner of Laughing Loon Farm in Northfield, MN. Laughing Loon is a different kind of CSA – it’s chef supported! Dayna’s fresh produce is dropped at several Twin Cities restaurants and cafés each week including The Bachelor Farmer and Barrio. Laughing Loon was selected as the 2012 “Favorite Farm” by Lundberg’s Raising Organic Family Farm Contest. Dayna also actively promotes local and sustainable food on Facebook and Twitter. Welcome Dayna!
Q: It’s farmers’ market season. Which markets do you love and what are you most looking forward to cooking up this summer?
I love visiting the Riverwalk Farmers Market in downtown Northfield, MN. My farm, Laughing Loon, supplies organically-grown veggies to restaurants and cafés mostly in the Cities, so on Saturdays I like to stroll down to the market to see farmer friends and taste what they’re growing for their CSA members and farmers market customers. It’s a great way to get ideas for crops and new varieties to try next season, plus I can get the low down on how to grow it right then and there! This last Saturday I ate an entire bunch of Hakurei turnips my friends at Spring Winds farm grew before I even left the market, they were that good! Plus it’s fun to sit down to a meal on Saturday night that is based on Laughing Loon veggies but topped off with food from my friends and neighbors. I know everyone says this, but I’m really, REALLY, excited for tomato season! We’re growing over 20 varieties ourselves, but I can’t wait to try out all the heirlooms my friends are experimenting with. I’m dreaming of caprese salads, tomato and cheese sandwiches, handfuls of just-picked Sun golds, and of course tons of tomatoes just eaten out in the field like apples.