This post is part of the guest series “Locavore Q & A“.Â Â Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a seasoned local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. EachÂ 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 cafÃ©s 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. Â Dayna also actively promotes local and sustainable food onÂ FacebookÂ and Twitter.Â Welcome Dayna!
Q: Itâ€™s farmersâ€™ 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.Â My farm, Laughing Loon, supplies organically-grown veggies to restaurants and cafÃ©s 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.