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 theirRead More →

This week I’m excited and honored to bring you two very exciting 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.  Today I’m happy to share Locavore Q & A from Jeremy McAdams of Cherry Tree House Mushrooms (CTHM). Their Kickstarter aims to raise $20,000 by the end of this month to “Locafy our Fungi” and build a shiitake fruiting house at the Ham Lake farm. I caught up with Jeremy at the Mill City Farmer’s MarketRead More →

This is the second post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  If there’s anything I love in the world, it’s rules. I was the kid on the playground screaming “You’re not following the rules!” I was the pushy 7th grader in student government trying to make theRead More →

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 windsRead More →

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 inRead More →

I’m not sure about all of you, but today I’m having a major case of the Mondays. After a fantastic weekend celebrating my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, heading back to work this morning was a bit of a bummer. We had a mix of everything over the weekend: My favorite Friday night dinner at Brasa in St. Paul – nothing says “Hello Weekend!” like a local shredded chicken sandwich with creamed spinach and a glass of Fulton American Blonde. Took my dad to the Car Craft Summer Nationals car show at the State fairgrounds. No matter how many times we tried to stump him with “HeyRead More →

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 Simon Helgeson, a friend of the kitchen partner and I who also writes at 20Food.net. Simon is one of my favorite people to cook/dine with. He has great stories about cooking, growing, and traveling in the United States and in South America. So glad he’s able to answer some locavore questions for us! Eating local means creating better habits,Read More →

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 Jeni Hill from An Herbalist Eats and Like a Fish out of Fargo. Jeni also contributes her recipes and thoughts on food to 20Food.net, where she and I had the chance to meet. Jeni calls Fargo, North Dakota home and has been documenting the challenges of eating local in a smaller community than the Twin Cities. Q: WhatRead More →

This post is part of the guest series “Locavore Q & A”. Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a season 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 Amy Peterson from Green Your Plate. Amy’s blog was one of the first Minnesota food blogs I started reading when looking for local, seasonal, and sustainable recipes. She’s a working mom so I love that her recipes are fast and functional in a busy lifestyle.  Thanks for joining us Amy! Q: Why do you choose local? A:Read More →