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Posted 9/23/2014 12:04pm by Minnesota Food Association.

We'd love to know what you make with the butternut squash and potatoes in the boxes today!  Enjoy!

 

 


The Slow Food Dinner was an amazing evening!

 

Big thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Big River Slow Food Event great! More pictures of festivities will be on our Facebook page soon. Also, a special thanks to Renata and Tor from Seed Savers Exchange who drove from Iowa to present on Arc of Taste seeds!


We are looking for farmers for the 2015 season and have scheduled our first information session at the farm!  If you or anyone you know is interesting in participating in our program, let us know! Check out the calendar page on our website for information meeting dates/times.  


Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

In this week's box,
you'll find:
Brought to you by: 


 
 
 


 

1st Karen Farm

   


 
 
 
   
 

 

Mhonpaj's Garden

Posted 9/16/2014 11:22am by Minnesota Food Association.

It's looking like Autumn with beautiful squash in the boxes today!

 

 


The Create Dinner was a huge success!

Thank you Seitu Jones for a great meal this past Sunday to raise awareness and promote sharing our food stories and solutions for a more sustainable food system! Big River Farms growers were happy to contribute fresh local produce to the crEATe meal. Great to see many of our partners at the 2,000 person meal as well.  The Huffington Post even wrote an article about it, saying that St. Paul leads the nation in the art of food justice.  Check out our Facebook page for more fun pictures of the event.   


We are looking for farmers for the 2015 season and have scheduled our first information session at the farm!  If you or anyone you know is interesting in participating in our program, let us know! Check out the calendar page on our website for information meeting dates/times.  


Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

In this week's box,
you'll find:
Brought to you by: 


 
 
 


 

1st Karen Farm

   


 
 
Rome Farm
 
   
 

 

Mhonpaj's Garden

Posted 9/12/2014 12:41pm by Minnesota Food Association.

The Big River Slow Food Dinner is a little over a week away! Sign up today to enjoy world class food from local restaurants, featuring veggies from our farm! 
Sign up at the Slow Food Website: http://www.slowfoodmn.org/bigriver-res.html

Take a look at the menu:

Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek
-Asian eggplant and long bean/green bean tempura with Naam Prik Kapi
-Gaeng Som - sour spicy soup with tamarind and fresh veggies from the farm

Thomas Boemer of Corner Table
-Duck rillettes w/ground cherry preserve
-Asado with chimichurri, green salad, and grilled vegetables

Steven Brown of Tilia
-Grilled rainbow trout with ground cherries, and a green tomato panzanella with a buttermilk vinaigrette

Marshall Paulsen of Birchwood
-House-made bread w/compound butter
-An assortment of crostini w/Big River Farm produce
-Winter squash-local berry shortcake topped w/ five-spice whipped cream

Posted 9/9/2014 11:56am by Minnesota Food Association.

Check out what's in the boxes today!  We have edamame for the first time!

 


MFA at the MN State Fair!

Thanks again to Renewing the Countryside for including us in their Minnesota State Fair exhibit about new farmers. Thanks also to Kano and Jacquie (not pictured) for representing MFA and Big River Farms to the hundreds of visitors who stopped by! 


We are looking for farmers for the 2015 season and have scheduled our first information session at the farm!  If you or anyone you know is interesting in participating in our program, let us know! Check out the calendar page on our website for information meeting dates/times.  


 

Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

Posted 9/2/2014 12:21pm by Minnesota Food Association.

It's the first time for heirloom tomatoes and black beans! Check out what's in the boxes today.

 


You are invited to the slow food fundraising dinner!

Minnesota Food Association (MFA) and Slow Food Minnesota have joined together for the fifth year to present an afternoon of fun, learning and great food at MFA’s Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix. The event is a benefit for Minnesota Food Association’s organic farming program for new immigrant and refugee farmers and for the local food education events and activities of Slow Food Minnesota (Twin Cities).

• Harvest dinner prepared by: Steven Brown of Tilia, Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek, Thomas Boehmer of Corner Table, Marshall Paulsen of Birchwood Cafe

• Farm tours of Big River

• Silent specialty food auction

• Local live music by Mississippi Hot Club

• Let’s Talk small group conversations:  Ark of Taste Foods, 
Sustainable farming as a new way of life

Tickets are $95 for members of Slow Food or MFA; $125 for non-members and guests of members, $45 for children 15 and under. All but $65 of each ticket is tax deductible. Reserved tables for 8 are available for $1,000 ($480 tax-deductible). Tickets can be reserved online here.  

If you are interested in volunteering to attend at a reduced rate, please contact Hilary at hilary@mnfoodassociation.org.  


We are looking for farmers for the 2015 season and have scheduled our first information session at the farm!  If you or anyone you know is interesting in participating in our program, let us know! 


Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

In this week's box,
you'll find:
Brought to you by: 


 
 


 

1st Karen Farm

 
 
 
 Mhonpaj's Garden

 
 
 
 
 
Rome Farm
 

 

Cala Farm

Posted 9/2/2014 12:21pm by Minnesota Food Association.

 

Minnesota Food Association (MFA) and Slow Food Minnesota have joined together for the fifth year to present an afternoon of fun, learning and great food at MFA’s Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix. The event is a benefit for Minnesota Food Association’s organic farming program for new immigrant and refugee farmers and for the local food education events and activities of Slow Food Minnesota (Twin Cities).

• Harvest dinner prepared by: Steven Brown of Tilia, Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek, Thomas Boehmer of Corner Table, Marshall Paulsen of Birchwood Cafe

• Farm tours of Big River

• Silent specialty food auction

• Local live music by Mississippi Hot Club

• Let’s Talk small group conversations:  Ark of Taste Foods, 
Sustainable farming as a new way of life

 

Tickets are $95 for members of Slow Food or MFA; $125 for non-members and guests of members, $45 for children 15 and under. All but $65 of each ticket is tax deductible. Reserved tables for 8 are available for $1,000 ($480 tax-deductible). Tickets can be reserved online here.  

If you are interested in volunteering to attend at a reduced rate, please contact Hilary at hilary@mnfoodassociation.org.  

Posted 8/26/2014 10:17am by Minnesota Food Association.

It's the first time for rainbow carrots and red peppers! Check out what's in the boxes today.

 


Minn Post's Ron Meador Loves Big River Farm's CSA Iceberg Lettuce!

 

Sallie and I signed up for our first share in a CSA farm this spring, putting some long-held principles into practice at last.

We wanted to invest in the earth-friendlier practices of community-supported agriculture. We longed to savor the hyper-fresh flavors in a steady stream of locally grown food.

 And we wanted the special challenge, and rewards, of letting seasonal availability replace whim and grocery-store specials as the driver of our dinner menus.

At precisely the same time, however, and sort of by accident, I revived a long-dormant enthusiasm for growing my own food and planted a vegetable garden for the first time in probably 10 years.

Sallie had received each of these notions with full support, as a separate prospect. But in combination they raised some alarms along the lines of, "What on earth are we going to do with all those vegetables?"  Who knew the first such test would be posed by... iceberg lettuce?

Read the rest of Ron's tribute to Big River Farm's iceberg lettuce, and the recipes he used it in here.  


We are looking for farmers for the 2015 season and have scheduled our first information session at the farm!  If you or anyone you know is interesting in participating in our program, let us know! 


Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

Posted 8/26/2014 10:02am by Minnesota Food Association.

From the 7/29/14 Minn Post:

Sallie and I signed up for our first share in a CSA farm this spring, putting some long-held principles into practice at last.

We wanted to invest in the earth-friendlier practices of community-supported agriculture. We longed to savor the hyper-fresh flavors in a steady stream of locally grown food.

And we wanted the special challenge, and rewards, of letting seasonal availability replace whim and grocery-store specials as the driver of our dinner menus.

At precisely the same time, however, and sort of by accident, I revived a long-dormant enthusiasm for growing my own food and planted a vegetable garden for the first time in probably 10 years.

Sallie had received each of these notions with full support, as a separate prospect. But in combination they raised some alarms along the lines of, "What on earth are we going to do with all those vegetables?"

It's not that we don't love our vegetables. We do, and are working steadily to shift more of our diet from animal products to plant-based foods, especially the green and leafy kind.

But we try hard to avoid wasting food at our house, considering it a moral failing if not a mortal sin to let a half-bag of fresh spinach go slimy at the back of the fridge.

So I took certain steps. I planned my own plantings to avoid duplicating our anticipated bounty from the growers at Big River Farms. I began collecting interesting-looking recipes for celeriac, parsnips, mustard greens and garlic scapes.

But even as I embraced the prospect of cooking creatively with whatever might be laid before us, week after week, I was also bracing for the moment of glut — the crisis they warn you about when you're thinking about a CSA share, when broccoli or kohlrabi or some interesting but unfamiliar Asian vegetable arrives in a quantity that exceeds your culinary grasp.

Who knew the first such test would be posed by... iceberg lettuce?

But there it was, right on top of the box from Big River: a beautifully sprawling, 15-ounce head of the material that I'd stopped thinking of as food many decades ago, and quite possibly had never before purchased except on an errand for my mom.  


 

Read the rest of Ron's tribute to Big River Farm's iceberg lettuce, and the recipes he used it in here.  

Posted 8/19/2014 11:01am by Minnesota Food Association.

We're half way through our Summer harvest season!  Check out what's in the boxes today.

 


What's missing in the farm-to-table equation?

The local food movement is here to stay, Dan Barber explains in a recent New York Times op-ed.  "Today, almost 80 percent of Americans say sustainability is a priority when purchasing food," he wrote. "The promise of this kind of majority is that eating local can reshape landscapes and drive lasting change.

But the movement has had less impact on the large-scale food industry than many have hoped. "This is because we still have a grocery-aisle mentality", Barber argues, expecting local farms to supply us with the produce we desire, while ignoring long-term farm health and demands.

Read about his five facts for the future of food in America on our blog.

 


We are looking for farmers for the 2015 season and have scheduled our first information session at the farm!  If you or anyone you know is interesting in participating in our program, let us know!


 Hey Salsa Lovers!  

You could whip up a tasty salsa with the veggies in this week's box!  Check out a couple recipes here.  


Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

 

Posted 8/19/2014 9:51am by Minnesota Food Association.

The local food movement is here to stay, Dan Barber explains in a recent New York Times op-ed.  "Today, almost 80 percent of Americans say sustainability is a priority when purchasing food," he wrote. "The promise of this kind of majority is that eating local can reshape landscapes and drive lasting change.

But the movement has had less impact on the large-scale food industry than many have hoped. "This is because we still have a grocery-aisle mentality", Barber argues, expecting local farms to supply us with the produce we desire, while ignoring long-term farm health and demands.

Read about his five facts for the future of food in America on our blog.