• Locavore on the Road,  Other Writings

    Locavore on the Road: South Dakota Recap

    Question: What’s the best way to beat this sweltering heat? Answer: ROAD TRIP!! Last week Greg and I were celebrating the end of his second semester of his MBA program and the end of summer with a road trip to Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. Earlier this year we bumped into another traveler in the gift shop at Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, MN. He asked about my National Park Passport and if I was a member of the National Park Traveler’s Club. It’s an online group of 6600+ seasoned travelers who truck around the United States in search of these: These are passport stamps available at all the units…

  • Cooking,  Locavore on the Road,  Locavore Q & A

    Locavore on the Road: Little House on the Prairie

    Few things are as well-known in Minnesota history as Laura Ingalls Wilder and her dugout home in Walnut Grove. Last weekend our road trip through Southwest Minnesota brought us along Highway 14 to The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in downtown Walnut Grove. We were the only people wandering the grounds on a quiet Saturday morning. The perfect time for extra photos and lingering over the exhibits. The kitchen partner and I have spent this spring re-reading the Little House series, reliving our childhood through titles like Little House in the Big Woods and On the Banks of Plum Creek. As a child I completely missed how food winds through the series, just like…

  • Foodies,  Local Products

    Locavore on the Road: Duluth Grill

    Do you have a happy place? You know, somewhere you can visit a hundred times and always regret having to go home. You regularly catch yourself day dreaming about going there when you’re stuck in traffic or having a bad day at work. The place that “fills your bucket.” Since our first trip nearly 5 years ago the North Shore has been my happy place. I love Duluth and beg the kitchen partner to buy me a house there all the time. We try to make it up there 3-4 times every year–to relax, get away from the city noise, and take in Lake Superior. Last weekend we snuck away…

  • Foodies,  Other Writings

    Locavore Q & A with Molly Watson

    Today I am so thrilled to announce the first post in a guest series titled “Locavore Q & A“. The posts highlight how others think and write about local food. Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a season local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. This week’s posts are about experiencing local foods from new perspectives. Today’s guest post was written by Molly Watson, one of the first resources I turned to when I started learning more about local food. She’s a writer and recipe developer who runs Local Foods for About.com, tells stories at The Dinner Files, and contributes to publications as…

  • Eating,  Local Products,  Locavore on the Road

    A Spot of Green

    Someone forgot to tell the chives in the Little Acre Garden on our patio that we’re having a mixed up spring. That’s right, these poor little green things are trying hard despite another 4″ of snow last night. As if today’s weather wasn’t tough enough, then came the news that the St. Paul Farmers’ Market is delaying their open this weekend. The first time in the market’s history the summer market open wont happen on time. This time last year, our patio garden looked like this: And I was making meals like this: Not exactly the case this year. So what’s a locavore to do when spring just wont show…

  • Books,  Eating,  Local Products

    2014 Minnesota Grown Directory Now Available

    The 2014-2015 Minnesota Grown Directory is now available!!! If you have yet to get your hands on a copy, this is the gold-standard text for anyone eating and growing local in Minnesota. With more than 978 entries, it’s the largest guidebook to farms, farmers markets, orchards and other vendors around the state. I’ve used the Minnesota Grown directory both online and in print to find everything we need, A-Z.  From wineries to winter farmers markets, from alpacas to elderberries if it’s Minnesota Grown it’s in the guidebook. And the best part…It’s FREE!!! What’s in the Minnesota Grown Directory? 1. Individual listings for farmers and growers including name, location, website or contact…

  • Farm Visits,  Locavore Q & A

    Mississippi Mushrooms – Local Food Kickstarter ALERT!

    This week I’m excited and honored to bring you  Kickstarter Alerts! for campaigns in the Twin Cities this month. Two urban ag businesses are running campaigns to expand the availability of locally grown gourmet mushrooms to restaurants, co-ops and farmers markets around the Twin Cities area. Last Friday you read Locavore Q & A with Jeremy McAdams of Cherry Tree House Mushrooms. Today, I’m bringing you another Kickstarter campaign from Ian Silver-Ramp at Mississippi Mushrooms. Ian and his fellow mushroom growers are hoping to raise $22,500 by May 3rd to purchase new equipment for their growing facility. Here’s what Ian had to say about Mississippi Mushrooms and their Kickstarter plan: How did Mississippi…

  • Other Writings

    Top 12 of 2012

    It’s that time of year again – when the food blogging world looks back on another year of recipes, another year of posts, and a FULL year of gratitude for so many kind readers. Minnesota Locavore has grown in ways I could have never anticipated this year. At the beginning of the year a few of you (mostly my immediate family and friends) followed my progress on Facebook and subscribed to updates. Now several hundred people in Minnesota and around the United States tag along for our locavore journey. 2012 wasn’t free of bumps in the road though. The mid-summer months of July and August, when local food is at…

  • Locavore Q & A,  Other Writings

    150 Ways to Eat More Local Food

    This is it. This is the year to live better. To eat and grow local wherever you live. Need an idea to get started today? Want to try something new in the garden or the kitchen? Take the challenge to try 1 or all 150. Either way you’ll be living closer to the locavore lifestyle. Use an old road map and a protractor to draw 100, 200, and 500 mile circles around your city. Choose ingredients based on these lines to define your locavore diet. Compost. Read about 10 locavores online. You’re more likely to stick with a local lifestyle if you know you’re in good company. Join your local…