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 Jillian, a staff member at the Mill City Farmers Market kitchen. The Mill City Farmers Market began in 2006 as part of Twin Cities local food trailblazer Brenda Langton’s vision for a sustainable food system in the area. The market draws thousands of visitors every summer, all searching for premium local, organic and sustainable produce. You can visitRead More →

It’s that time of year again. Farmers’ market season is upon us!! The soft opening of the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market is this weekend with the Thursday Nicollet Avenue market opening on Thursday. The downtown Saint Paul Farmers’ Market where the kitchen partner and I do most of our shopping starts the summer market season one week from tomorrow. Vendors will be ready to go at 6 AM, hopefully with some springtime finds. Anyone else ready for rhubarb and asparagus?   The downtown market is helping to support an urban revival in Lowertown St. Paul. It’s a vibrant look at the thriving local food economy in ourRead More →

Welcome to the All-Star Break.  Hard to believe baseball and summer has approached the half-way point. I’m on the couch watching Big Papi and Prince Fielder launch baseballs to kingdom come in the Home Run Derby (who do I cheer for when Joe Mauer isn’t there?) and drinking my newest obsession.  When it’s 90+ degrees outside and the herbs are begging to be picked, iced tea is the only answer. My orange-mint plant was a gift from my mom on a visit to the farmers’ market.  We’d been talking about how to replace or supplement the green tea I drink every day with something fromRead More →

Taking a break from ingredients today to share some info about the ultimate source for local food: your local farmers’ market.  Since Minnesota Locavore began, I’ve had lots of great emails and comments, but a lot of them involved other regions.  “I really love the rhubarb ice cream, do you know where I can find rhubarb in Seattle?”  In some cases, a few Google searches = problem solved.  Other times, local food requires local knowledge. Not only is the farmers’ market a great place to buy produce, meats and dairy, but it also can serve as the information hub for your local food questions.  MostRead More →

Just getting home from errands and the opening of the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. I am finally energized about the arrival of spring (despite the cool rain falling this morning). The downtown market is now open Saturday 6 AM-1 PM and Sunday 8 AM-1 PM until mid November and filled with good things. Getting here in the first few weeks is my favorite. All winter long there is honey, meats and eggs as well as pasta, salsa and other preserves for sale. Slowly as the summer market gains speed, new arrivals appear: bedding plants, greens, and onions. I have to drop in just to makeRead More →