Blog and CSA Newsletter

Welcome to the blog.
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.  

Posted 8/14/2014 10:33am by Minnesota Food Association.

Check out what CSA members will be getting today!

 


 New Richfield Co-op Gets Produce From Big River Farms!

Lakewinds Food Co-op has opened a new store in Richfield, MN.  The new 22,000-square-foot store will focus on seasonal and local foods whenever possible, said Lakewinds senior marketing manager Amy Campbell. “We hope to be 97 percent organic so people don’t have to read labels,” she said. “We get a lot of our produce from community supported agriculture like Big River Farms, which teaches immigrant farmers to grow organic vegetables like radishes kale, mustard and chard.”

Anyone can shop at Lakewinds Co-op, Campbell said, but owners/members get special deals and discounts. “We’re owned by the members, people who believe in supporting good food where all the money stays in the community,” she said.

Richfield Lakewinds employs 80 people full-time who receive a wage at or above $10 an hour with benefits, she said, and they're involved for more than just the job.

The store is located at 6420 Lyndale Ave. in Richfield. You can support the co-op with a $90 membership or just drop by. There’s plenty of parking and bike racks.  Read more about it 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!


 

Hey Salsa Lovers!  

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

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


 

1st Karen Farm

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rome Farm 
 

 

Posted 8/12/2014 9:42am by Minnesota Food Association.

Lakewinds Food Co-op has opened a new store in Richfield, MN.  The new 22,000-square-foot store will focus on seasonal and local foods whenever possible, said Lakewinds senior marketing manager Amy Campbell. “We hope to be 97 percent organic so people don’t have to read labels,” she said. “We get a lot of our produce from community supported agriculture like Big River Farms, which teaches immigrant farmers to grow organic vegetables like radishes kale, mustard and chard.”

Anyone can shop at Lakewinds Co-op, Campbell said, but owners/members get special deals and discounts. “We’re owned by the members, people who believe in supporting good food where all the money stays in the community,” she said.

Richfield Lakewinds employs 80 people full-time who receive a wage at or above $10 an hour with benefits, she said, and they're involved for more than just the job.

The store is located at 6420 Lyndale Ave. in Richfield. You can support the co-op with a $90 membership or just drop by. There’s plenty of parking and bike racks.  Read more about it here.  

Posted 8/5/2014 10:57am by Minnesota Food Association.

Here's a look at what's in our gorgeous CSA box today!

 


The Good Food Movement 

You’re part of a growing movement working to ensure there is good food on every dinner table.  But what is good food?  Farm Aid, a supporter of Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms notes on their website; “When you eat good food grown by family farmers, you know what you’re getting — honest, real food grown by people who care about their land, their community and their future.”  The Michigan Good Food Charter defines good food as food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable. 

Produce from Big River Farms is GOOD food!

As a CSA member, you can feel good knowing the produce you get is certified organic and is grown using sustainable practices.  It comes from farmers who own their own businesses and get a fair price. We also continue to support and develop efforts with community partners like Emergency Food Shelf Network and Our Community Foods to bring good Big River Farms produce to those who may not be able to afford a CSA membership.  Thank you for your support of the Good Food movement!  Check out our Blog to read more articles about this.  

 


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, stop by the farm on Tuesday, July 22nd at 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Check out our Facebook page for more info!


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 
 

 

Posted 8/4/2014 3:50pm by Minnesota Food Association.

The Good Food Movement 

You’re part of a growing movement working to ensure there is good food on every dinner table.  But what is good food?  Farm Aid, a supporter of Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms notes on their website; “When you eat good food grown by family farmers, you know what you’re getting — honest, real food grown by people who care about their land, their community and their future.”  The Michigan Good Food Charter defines good food as food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable. 

Produce from Big River Farms is GOOD food!

As a CSA member, you can feel good knowing the produce you get is certified organic and is grown using sustainable practices.  It comes from farmers who own their own businesses and get a fair price. We also continue to support and develop efforts with community partners like Emergency Food Shelf Network and Our Community Foods to bring good Big River Farms produce to those who may not be able to afford a CSA membership.  Thank you for your support of the Good Food movement! Here are a couple articles about good food movement happenings nationwide:

Good Food on Every Table - By Jim Slama, President of FamilyFarmed.org

The Good Food Movement - By Farm Aid

 

By:  Hilary Otey Wold, Executive Director

Posted 7/31/2014 10:04am by Minnesota Food Association.

Here's a look at what's in our gorgeous box this week!

 


Check out our blog this week to read about
a summer rain shower that brought MFA staff and
farmers together for a time of sharing stories and history.  
You can also read farmer stories on our website


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, stop by the farm on Tuesday, July 22nd at 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Check out our Facebook page for more info!


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

 
 
 23rd. and Co.

 
 

 
 
 
 
Rome Farm 

 

Posted 7/29/2014 12:03pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Here's a look at what's in our gorgeous box this week!

 


Check out our blog this week to read about
a summer rain shower that brought MFA staff and
farmers together for a time of sharing stories and history.  
You can also read farmer stories on our website


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, stop by the farm on Tuesday, July 22nd at 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Check out our Facebook page for more info!


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

 
 
 23rd. and Co.

 
 

 
 
 
 
Rome Farm