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Posted 10/21/2014 10:58am by Minnesota Food Association.

 

This is our last Summer CSA box of the year!  

Please note that some sites will have potatoes, some will have cabbage and some will have brussel sprouts.  This is due to the amounts of various produce available for harvest at this time.

 

 

 


 
A Note From Aaron Blyth...
 
What an incredible fall we are having! I have been walking around the farm as of late, just staring at the fall color in the trees and feeling the crispness in the air. It is a beautiful farm and a beautiful life for farmers out here at Big River Farms, and the fall brings it out even more.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for being members this last season. It has been a season of change here at Big River Farms. Hilary Otey Wold has taken over as our Executive Director, Katie (our Training Program Manager) has given birth to a beautiful boy, and lastly, I will be leaving the farm in the next few weeks. I decided early this year that this would be my last season in this glorious place.

I am completely full of gratitude to have been able to work in such a wonderful place and with such incredible farmers. Hopefully, I have done some good in my time here and have made positive changes.

I know I have learned and gained much in my time here. I am a better person in the world because of my time here at Big River Farms. I hope that you, in your membership with the farm, have also been able to touch the wisdom that comes from the farmers here. It is a special place with wonderful goals.

Thank you again for your commitment to the success of our program and I hope that each of you have enjoyed the vegetables this season! 
 
                                  


You're invited to the 2014 Fall Harvest Party!

 

Date/Time:  October 25, 2014 from 3:30 - 8:00 pm

Location:  MFA/Big River Farms 

(14220-B Ostlund Trail North,Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047)

 

This party is a gift to our members, donor, friends and supporters. It will feature a goat roast, beverages, live music, hayrides, a celebratory bonfire and more!  It is a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share.  Feel free to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.  For more information or directions, please visit our website.


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

   
 

 

Big River Farms

 

 

Mhonpaj's Garden

Posted 10/16/2014 3:28pm by Minnesota Food Association.

For us at Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms, every day is Food Day. Take a minute today to think about and thank a farmer who grew your food!

Head to www.worldfooddayusa.org for more information.

Posted 10/16/2014 12:37pm by Minnesota Food Association.

 

 

 


 
A Note From Aaron Blyth...
 
What an incredible fall we are having! I have been walking around the farm as of late, just staring at the fall color in the trees and feeling the crispness in the air. It is a beautiful farm and a beautiful life for farmers out here at Big River Farms, and the fall brings it out even more.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for being members this last season. It has been a season of change here at Big River Farms. Hilary Otey Wold has taken over as our Executive Director, Katie (our Training Program Manager) has given birth to a beautiful boy, and lastly, I will be leaving the farm in the next few weeks. I decided early this year that this would be my last season in this glorious place.

I am completely full of gratitude to have been able to work in such a wonderful place and with such incredible farmers. Hopefully, I have done some good in my time here and have made positive changes.

I know I have learned and gained much in my time here. I am a better person in the world because of my time here at Big River Farms. I hope that you, in your membership with the farm, have also been able to touch the wisdom that comes from the farmers here. It is a special place with wonderful goals.

Thank you again for your commitment to the success of our program and I hope that each of you have enjoyed the vegetables this season! 
 
                                  


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

 

 

 

 Gurung Family Farm

 

 

Big River Farms

 

 

Mhonpaj's Garden

Posted 10/7/2014 12:35pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Another lovely box for you to enjoy!  Great root veggies and squash make Autumn more fun.  

 

 


 

You're invited to the 2014 Fall Harvest Party!

 

Date/Time:  October 25, 2014 from 3:30 - 8:00 pm

Location:  MFA/Big River Farms 

(14220-B Ostlund Trail North,Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047)

 

This party is a gift to our members, donor, friends and supporters. It will feature a goat roast, beverages, live music, hayrides, a celebratory bonfire and more!  It is a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share.  Feel free to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.  For more information or directions, please visit our website at www.mnfoodassociation.org.
 
 
                                                                                                                  

We hope to see you 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! 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

 

Cala Brothers Farm

   
 

 

Big River Farms

 

 

Mhonpaj's Garden

Posted 10/2/2014 2:09pm by Minnesota Food Association.

You are invited to Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farm's

Fall Harvest Party! 

 

Date/Time:  October 25, 2014 from 3:30 - 8:00 pm

Location:  MFA/Big River Farms 

(14220-B Ostlund Trail North,Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047)

 

This party is a gift to our members, donor, friends and supporters.  It will feature a goat roast, beverages, live music, hayrides, a celebratory bonfire and more!  It is a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share.  Feel free to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.  For more information or directions, please visit our website at www.mnfoodassociation.org.

We hope to see you here!

  

Posted 9/30/2014 11:53am by Minnesota Food Association.

Brussel Sprouts and Acorn Squash today!  Enjoy!

 

 


Let us know if your workplace may be interested in a campaign to support MFA’s mission!

 

 

We value our partnership with Minnesota Environmental Fund and member organizations!  Through workplace giving campaigns, MEF supports local nonprofits, including Minnesota Food Association, that are working to protect the environment.  Here’s a shot of their recent Paddle for the Fund 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

   
   
   
 

 

Mhonpaj's Garden

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!