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    Find it Local Friday: Your Local Farmer’s Market

    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 our area. The Pioneer Press reported…

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    Find it Local Friday: Honey

    Last month I was threw a baby shower for some close friends and their new arrival. Wanting to have some locavore flair to it, I chose a honeybee theme. Yellow and black ribbons everywhere and these cute favors I made with local honey sticks from Wolf Honey Farm in Baldwin, Wisconsin. The thank you favors each said “Honey and Babies are Two of Life’s Sweetest Things.” Wolf Honey was one of the first local products we started buying when we began our locavore journey 2 years ago. They sell honey and other bee products year-round at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. Since the shower and the leftover favors we had,…

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    How to Eat Local at Target Field: The Twins Home Opener

    It may be a chilly day at the ballpark, but you can bet the kitchen partner and I will be celebrating the Minnesota Twins home opener today. We both have a half-day of work and then we’re off to Target Field to enjoy some sunshine and baseball. What does a local food blog have to say about the Twins? A lot actually. Target Field concessions (and many other MLB Ballparks) are beginning to see the value in adding local food to their roster. If you know where to look for them, Target Field offers a full line-up. Some come from top Twin Cities restaurants, others from farmers and growers around…

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    Find it Local Friday: Natural Easter Egg Dye

    This is a re-post from a 2011 “How-To” that’s a good fit for Find it Local Friday this week. The kitchen partner and I will be using local eggs (see “Find it Local Friday: Eggs” for sources) and spices to dye our eggs this year. Most of the spices came from Frontier Co-op in Norway, Iowa available online or in bulk at many Twin Cities co-ops. From 2011: I saw an article on coloring Easter eggs without the traditional dye tablets, instead using spices from your kitchen cabinet. I had to give it a go. It’s remarkably easy and the results were beautiful; Mother Earth never ceases to surprise me.…

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    Find it Local Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

    It was a sea of green today at work. Kids and adults alike looking for a little luck of the Irish this weekend. The kitchen partner and I hope the small chance of rain skips over St. Paul tomorrow for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown. Always at noon, it’s not too often that he and I are able to enjoy in the fun. We’re also looking forward to some St. Patrick’s Day goodies this weekend as well. Here’s where to snag your corned beef and shamrock shakes.  No promises about seeing a leprechaun though! Corned Beef and Cabbage If you’re planning to prepare the traditional corned beef and…

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    Find it Local Friday: Minnesota Oatmeal

    Just a quick Find it Local Friday post today, there’s lots to do on the desk. That and I downloaded a new collage creator tool that I can’t stop fussing with. (See product above). When I have a full morning of checking things of the to-do list, I love to start my day with a warm hearty breakfast. Weekend mornings are all about local eggs and bacon, and occasionally I’ll wake up on a weekday with time for a batch of pancakes. During the week though, things get a little frantic between 6 and 7 AM. That’s where a heaping bowl of Minnesota Oatmeal fits in. For my perfect bowl, I rely…

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    Find it Local Friday: Your Summer Veggie Plan

    Two years ago this week I decided the kitchen partner and I were going to have a garden. We’d moved into our house in October, braved a long winter, and were ready to get our hands dirty. I hopped online and started looking for community garden space near our town home complex and sent a few emails. Rather than wait for a response like a non-crazy, overly ambitious person I busted out the seed catalogs and started sketching plans for rows upon rows of fresh green veggies. Two days later, a devastating email relayed all the plots for the season were full and we’d been placed on a waiting list…

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    Find it Local Friday: The Valentine’s Edition

    Prepare to be bombarded with lovey-dovey, full-on-prince-charming, revoltingly romantic Valentine’s Day info. This is the local food post to get you some local love next Tuesday. Welcome to Find It Local Friday: The Valentine’s Edition. For starters what says “I love you” more than: I bought my Darlin’ local because it shows I’m smart enough to read a label. It’s best to spend Valentine’s Day with someone who can read. I bought my Snuggle-Buddy local to save the planet. If we save the planet then I can be the big spoon forever. I bought my Sugar local because if we support our local economy, there’ll be more fun date-nights to try later…

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    Find it Local Friday: Minnesota Superbowl Spread

    I woke up this morning and almost decided NOT to write this post. The Superbowl is a bit of a sore subject this year. I suppose if you’re a Vikings fan mention of the Superbowl only brings up bad feelings every year, but after I had to put my Cheesehead gear back in the closet for the season, my enthusiasm for the big game completely evaporated. Sure, the TV will still be tuned in on Sunday. But more for Madonna and the commercials. However when the alarm clock went off this morning, NPR had a diddy about how the Superbowl is the 2nd biggest food event in America, behind Thanksgiving.…