What's Growin' On at the Farm

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 

 

Posted 7/25/2014 10:03am by Minnesota Food Association.

I am sorry that this was not sent out to everybody yesterday.  We had a miscommunication as to who was sending it out.  I hope you all enjoy the box this week.  The veggies have been gorgeous lately! 

This week's box has a lot of variety for all the veggie lovers out there!

 


Thank you for making our Open House a success!

We had a lot of people show up last Saturday for our annual Open House. We went on four hay ride farm tours, sold lots of produce at the farmer's stand, painted twenty kids' faces (and two bellies), and fed organic veggies and fruit to everyone!

Check out some pictures 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, 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

 
 
 Read Jaque's story here!

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Posted 7/22/2014 12:40pm by Minnesota Food Association.

This week's box has a lot of variety for all the veggie lovers out there!

 


Thank you for making our Open House a success!

We had a lot of people show up last Saturday for our annual Open House. We went on four hay ride farm tours, sold lots of produce at the farmer's stand, painted twenty kids' faces (and two bellies), and fed organic veggies and fruit to everyone!

Check out some pictures 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, 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

 
 
 Read Jaque's story here!

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Posted 7/22/2014 11:44am by Minnesota Food Association.

Last week in the middle of harvest we had an amazing downpour of rain. The rain that was coming down was of a tropical variety. It lasted only about twenty minutes but it was epic in the strength of the wind and the power of the falling water. It was, in truth, a little intense. My first thoughts were for all of the farmers in the fields. My second thoughts were for the vegetables.

As the rain began my daughter and I ran to our packing shed and found ourselves among about twenty other farmers and their families. It is a small shed and the rain was howling into the open doorways and getting all of us a little wet as we watched it. After the first initial panic and excitement wore off, all of us in the little shed started to get comfortable together. We were trapped there for the time being. None of us were going outside to run the 400 ft to the office. So there we stayed and slowly the conversations began to naturally steer towards the pouring rain.

Right after the rain

Moses, originally from Kenya, started telling stories about the rainy season in his part of the world. How life regularly stops for a ½ hour each day as the rain comes off of the Indian Ocean. Aung Thin, from Burma, speaking thru his son Nay Thoo, talked of his flooded village. Most of the farmers in the room had very clear stories of the heavy rains and waiting for them to stop. It was all very natural to many of them. It made me really enjoy the rain. For a moment we all could have been anywhere in the world where humidity, green growth, and heavy rains are present.

It was timeless and peaceful in our little shed under the rain. And then it stopped. The sun returned.

In one moment we had nowhere to go, nothing to do. The next moment we all were running back to our busy lives of harvest. And so it goes…

Posted 7/22/2014 11:13am by Minnesota Food Association.

We had a lot of people show up last Saturday for our annual Open House. We went on four hay ride farm tours, sold lots of produce at the farmer's stand, painted twenty kids' faces (and two bellies), and fed organic veggies and fruit to everyone! Check out some pictures below!


Special thanks to Butter Bakery Cafe and Sen Yai Sen Lek for providing food for this event.