What's Growin' On at the Farm

Posted 10/6/2015 12:44pm by Minnesota Food Association.

  

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

Delivery dates: October 22, November 5, and November 19

Some people have been experiencing difficulties when signing up for the fall CSA. If you are one of those people, no worries! Just e-mail us at produce@mnfoodassociation.org

 


 

 


 
The Minnesota Food Association is proud to play a featured role as the Twin Cities joins a national movement: Food Day. Check out the schedule of events and be sure to come hang out with your farmers: 

October 18: Minnesota Food Association / Big River Farms — Harvest BBQ and Potluck 

October 20: 
• Restaurant night (featuring Minnesota ingredients, see below) - Public Event
1. Birchwood Cafe
2. Gandhi Mahal
3. Sunny Side Cafe
4. Flamingo
5. Sen yai Sen Lek

6. Groundswell
• Dine Out for Right to Know dinner at Birchwood Cafe. 30% of the proceeds go to Right to Know -Public Event
October 21: Immigrant growers and chefs speak at East Side Freedom Library - Public Event begins at 7:00 pm

October 22: Birchwood Cafe Cookbook Launch - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Birchwood Cafe - Public Event

Join us at Food Day 2015 to promote healthy, ethical and affordable food! Check for updates and RSVP here.

 



 
                 
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
 
 
 
Check out this blog post about the Minnesota Food Association from Peace Coffee! 
 

 
 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are real head-scratchers to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own. 
 
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on our Instagram account.
 

 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  
 

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: 




 
 


 

Karen Family Farm



 

1st Karen Farm

 

 









 

Mhonpaj's Garden


 

Sebra Farm

 

 

  • MFA Farmers
Posted 9/29/2015 10:43am by Minnesota Food Association.

 

Big River Farms hopes to grow in Wilder Forest!

Please sign this petition for Minnesota Food Association to keep its land and acquire the rest of Wilder Forest's 600 acres, so that we may continue to train disadvantaged farmers on this land, expand our sustainable agriculture project and initiate our permaculture program.

Click HERE to learn more about the big opportunities ahead for the Minnesota Food Association, and click here to watch a special series of videos about why we love Big River Farms and want to keep working on our land. 

 

We are happy to welcome Ethan to our team!  
 
Born and raised in Iowa, Ethan found his way to Minnesota for graduate school after having lived in Wisconsin and New Hampshire. His interest in local sustainable agriculture began in 2007 while volunteering with Central Rivers Farmshed in Stevens Point, WI. Since then he has held a wide variety of positions on Community Supported Agriculture farms, in formal and non-formal education institutions and working with diverse peoples. He is excited to be joining the Minnesota Food Association as a Minnesota Green Corps Member to work on developing alternative markets, Youth and Family Education programming and whatever else is thrown his way. He looks forward to being able to building, using and refining his skills while focusing his career on the sustainable agriculture field.

 

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

Delivery dates: October 22, November 5, and November 19

Some people have been experiencing difficulties when signing up for the fall CSA. If you are one of those people, no worries! Just e-mail us at produce@mnfoodassociation.org

 


 Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having our annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkins, a raffle, a barbecue, and a potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!


 
 
                 
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
 
 
 
Check out this blog post about the Minnesota Food Association from Peace Coffee! http://www.peacecoffee.com/blog/local-pumpkins-for-lattes 

Thoughts on Autumn Produce from Our Farmers Market Friend
 
We love meeting new people at the Kingfield Farmers Market, and when one of them is a Minneapolis-based personal chef with an appreciation for organic produce, you know it's the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Ann Bridges, formerly of Restaurant Alma, Barbette, and Patisserie 46, is expanding her repertoire to create her own personal chef business in Minneapolis. We are very proud to feature her recipes using our CSA boxes here in the weeks to come, but first please enjoy this reflection on the start of the fall produce season from Ann. Respond to this email if any of these ideas stand out to you and you want Ann to include a recipe!
 
It’s getting to the time in our Minnesota summer where we are holding on tight to any last bit of warm-weather produce for dear life before we enter into squash and root veggie season. Don’t get me wrong, I can eat my fair share of eggplant and delicata squash NO PROBLEM. You know, after about 5 months of that- yeah…coming up with the same amount of enthusiasm as I did in the beginning of the season is definitely hard.
 
Oh dear. The taste of a summer-kissed tomato makes me appreciate so much more our short warm season. It’s also at a point where there are a few more random things in our CSA boxes and it ends up sometimes feeling like…the pieces are separate and not “dish-centric.” But it all depends on how you look at it!   Seeing all the radishes in the box makes me think of buttered radishes. Like sautéed buttered radish with a hint of sea salt. Or searing them with some coconut oil on a hot pan! When you cook a radish it just brings out some exciting profiles missed on the crispy raw version. My grandmother used to put some butter in her cast iron pan, get it hot and kinda roll the radishes around in it…till it was browned and nutty then we’d have some salt and pepper and voilà! It made eating ALL the radishes more exciting! Have you ever thought to quick pickle a radish? Yup. Delicious---take those out in the dead of winter with some smoked salmon, cream cheese and some dark pumpernickel? I’m just saying. Best news is, if you store radishes in water they will last you longer and stay more crisp.  
 
I felt like the eggplant and green beans could mingle together quite well in an Asian way. Think sweet & spicy…  
 
Toss with your kale and some rice? A tasty vegetarian dinner!  
 
The tomatillos, the peppers and onion could be the start to a magical relish or interesting green salsa…  
 
And the leeks and potatoes can help you get going on a potato leek soup for the intermittent chilly days we seem to be having from time to time.  
 
These ideas are a great start to prepping and using your CSA this week! PLUS there are dried beans in your box to start storing up some goodies for when its (and I whisper this) winter and you are looking for some rib-sticking goodness.
 
One last tidbit - lately in the morning I’m doing a quick fried egg tossed onto my salad greens –I plop in a few last cherry tomatoes and BOOM! Protein, greens, veggies. Off to a great start in my day! Bacon, is often a part of that routine too…andddddd now I know what I’m eating for breakfast for sure tomorrow!   I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer as we fully transition to colder temps-get out there and see some leaves- have a fire and enjoy some of the best reasons we call Minnesota HOME!
 

 
This past Monday we had a blast on the farm with a group of sixty 3rd-graders from Brimhall School in Roseville. For 3 hours, the students harvested pumpkins, sorted and bagged potatoes, learned about our chickens, fed the horses, and in general had a fun-filled time learning about sustainable farming. We're grateful to the Midwest Food Connection (www.midwestfoodconnection.org) for connecting us with the group, and to the students for all of the work they accomplished! 
 

 

 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are real head-scratchers to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own:
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bigriverfarms/
 

 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  
 
Note that the kids are still learning how to identify the best potatoes, so quality will be variable. 

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 9/24/2015 10:32am by Minnesota Food Association.

 
 

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

Delivery dates: October 22, November 5, and November 19

Some people have been experiencing difficulties when signing up for the fall CSA. If you are one of those people, no worries! Just e-mail us at produce@mnfoodassociation.org

 


 

Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having our annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkins, a raffle, a barbecue, and a potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!


 
 
                 
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
 
 
 
Check out this blog post about the Minnesota Food Association from Peace Coffee! http://www.peacecoffee.com/blog/local-pumpkins-for-lattes
 

Thoughts on Autumn Produce from Our Farmers Market Friend
 
We love meeting new people at the Kingfield Farmers Market, and when one of them is a Minneapolis-based personal chef with an appreciation for organic produce, you know it's the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Ann Bridges, formerly of Restaurant Alma, Barbette, and Patisserie 46, is expanding her repertoire to create her own personal chef business in Minneapolis. We are very proud to feature her recipes using our CSA boxes here in the weeks to come, but first please enjoy this reflection on the start of the fall produce season from Ann. Respond to this email if any of these ideas stand out to you and you want Ann to include a recipe!
 
It’s getting to the time in our Minnesota summer where we are holding on tight to any last bit of warm-weather produce for dear life before we enter into squash and root veggie season. Don’t get me wrong, I can eat my fair share of eggplant and delicata squash NO PROBLEM. You know, after about 5 months of that- yeah…coming up with the same amount of enthusiasm as I did in the beginning of the season is definitely hard.
 
Oh dear. The taste of a summer-kissed tomato makes me appreciate so much more our short warm season. It’s also at a point where there are a few more random things in our CSA boxes and it ends up sometimes feeling like…the pieces are separate and not “dish-centric.” But it all depends on how you look at it!   Seeing all the radishes in the box makes me think of buttered radishes. Like sautéed buttered radish with a hint of sea salt. Or searing them with some coconut oil on a hot pan! When you cook a radish it just brings out some exciting profiles missed on the crispy raw version. My grandmother used to put some butter in her cast iron pan, get it hot and kinda roll the radishes around in it…till it was browned and nutty then we’d have some salt and pepper and voilà! It made eating ALL the radishes more exciting! Have you ever thought to quick pickle a radish? Yup. Delicious---take those out in the dead of winter with some smoked salmon, cream cheese and some dark pumpernickel? I’m just saying. Best news is, if you store radishes in water they will last you longer and stay more crisp.  
 
I felt like the eggplant and green beans could mingle together quite well in an Asian way. Think sweet & spicy…  
 
Toss with your kale and some rice? A tasty vegetarian dinner!  
 
The tomatillos, the peppers and onion could be the start to a magical relish or interesting green salsa…  
 
And the leeks and potatoes can help you get going on a potato leek soup for the intermittent chilly days we seem to be having from time to time.  
 
These ideas are a great start to prepping and using your CSA this week! PLUS there are dried beans in your box to start storing up some goodies for when its (and I whisper this) winter and you are looking for some rib-sticking goodness.
 
One last tidbit - lately in the morning I’m doing a quick fried egg tossed onto my salad greens –I plop in a few last cherry tomatoes and BOOM! Protein, greens, veggies. Off to a great start in my day! Bacon, is often a part of that routine too…andddddd now I know what I’m eating for breakfast for sure tomorrow!   I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer as we fully transition to colder temps-get out there and see some leaves- have a fire and enjoy some of the best reasons we call Minnesota HOME!  

 

Your CSA box for this week contains a little taste of the many gorgeous pumpkins we have growing on the farm! You will receive either a Cinnamon Girl, pictured on the left, or New England Pie variety. They are both excellent pie varieties that roast into a sweet, smooth filling for your fall baking needs. They even blend well into Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte! You can find recipes for your pumpkins on our Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/theonlystalia/big-river-farms-2015/
 

 

Youth & Family Education Program

There is still room in our upcoming youth programs on September 26th & October 24th. Come out to the farm for hands-on learning about basic sustainable agriculture practices and meet farmers! 

Program sign up: http://mnfoodassociation.org/form/youth-family-education-program


 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are a head-scratcher to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own:
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bigriverfarms/
 

Big River Farms hopes to grow in Wilder Forest!

Wilder Foundation is looking to sell the rest of its 600 acre May Township forest property and the MFA would like to buy it to add to our permaculture and food justice programming.

Click HERE to learn more about the big opportunities ahead for the Minnesota Food Association!


 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  

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: 


 
 

 

Karen Family Farm



1st Karen Farm









 

Mhonpaj's Garden


 

Sebra Farm

Bahji Peppers

 MFA Farmers

Posted 9/22/2015 12:02pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Join Land Stewardship Project and the MN Food Association for a

Tractor and Implement Field Day

Sunday, September 27, 2-6PM

At Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix

2 Sessions, Beginner and Experienced.  Participants may attend one or both sessions. 

2 – 3:30 PM Tractor 101 for Beginners. A basic introduction to the safe operation and routine maintenance of a standard tractor and introduction to basic implements. This session will also include a demonstration of a BCS walk-behind tractor and implements. Led by Rodrigo Cala, MFA graduate and owner/operator of Cala Farms in Turtle Lake, WI. Se habla espanol 

4 – 5:30 PM Tractor Troubleshooting. For those with knowledge of basic tractor operation, a more advanced session on diagnosing tractor problems in the field and repair/trouble-shooting of basic components. Led by Joel Kellum, Markets and Production Manager at MFA.Equipment used for these events include John Deere 30 and 45hp tractors, BCS walk-behind tractor, 8ft tiller with roller, 5 ft. tiller, finish disc and offset disc, 3pt. brush hog, chisel plow, compactor roller, 13 ft. drill seeder, small manure spreader and potato digger. Several cultivating tractor implements are also available for participants to observe.

Field days are free for LSP members, Farm Beginnings students and MFA program participants. The general public is invited to attend at a cost of $20 per session or $30 for both.To register, please email Dori Eder, Farm Beginnings Organizer, at dori@landstewardshipproject.orgFor other questions or more information contact Katie Kubovick at katie@mnfoodassociation.org or 651-433-3676 or Dori Eder at dori@landstewardshipproject.org.

Posted 9/22/2015 9:54am by Minnesota Food Association.

 
 

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

Delivery dates: October 22, November 5, and November 19

Some people have been experiencing difficulties when signing up for the fall CSA. If you are one of those people, no worries! Just e-mail us at produce@mnfoodassociation.org

 


 

Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having our annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkins, a raffle, a barbecue, and a potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!


 
 
                 
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
 
 
 
Head over to any of Peace Coffee's three locations to taste Big River Farms pumpkins in action. Find them at the Richfield Lakewinds Co-op, on Minnehaha Avenue in south Minneapolis, or at Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. 
 

Thoughts on Autumn Produce from Our Farmers Market Friend
 
We love meeting new people at the Kingfield Farmers Market, and when one of them is a Minneapolis-based personal chef with an appreciation for organic produce, you know it's the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Ann Bridges, formerly of Restaurant Alma, Barbette, and Patisserie 46, is expanding her repertoire to create her own personal chef business in Minneapolis. We are very proud to feature her recipes using our CSA boxes here in the weeks to come, but first please enjoy this reflection on the start of the fall produce season from Ann. Respond to this email if any of these ideas stand out to you and you want Ann to include a recipe!
 
It’s getting to the time in our Minnesota summer where we are holding on tight to any last bit of warm-weather produce for dear life before we enter into squash and root veggie season. Don’t get me wrong, I can eat my fair share of eggplant and delicata squash NO PROBLEM. You know, after about 5 months of that- yeah…coming up with the same amount of enthusiasm as I did in the beginning of the season is definitely hard.
 
Oh dear. The taste of a summer-kissed tomato makes me appreciate so much more our short warm season. It’s also at a point where there are a few more random things in our CSA boxes and it ends up sometimes feeling like…the pieces are separate and not “dish-centric.” But it all depends on how you look at it!   Seeing all the radishes in the box makes me think of buttered radishes. Like sautéed buttered radish with a hint of sea salt. Or searing them with some coconut oil on a hot pan! When you cook a radish it just brings out some exciting profiles missed on the crispy raw version. My grandmother used to put some butter in her cast iron pan, get it hot and kinda roll the radishes around in it…till it was browned and nutty then we’d have some salt and pepper and voilà! It made eating ALL the radishes more exciting! Have you ever thought to quick pickle a radish? Yup. Delicious---take those out in the dead of winter with some smoked salmon, cream cheese and some dark pumpernickel? I’m just saying. Best news is, if you store radishes in water they will last you longer and stay more crisp.  
 
I felt like the eggplant and green beans could mingle together quite well in an Asian way. Think sweet & spicy…  
 
Toss with your kale and some rice? A tasty vegetarian dinner!  
 
The tomatillos, the peppers and onion could be the start to a magical relish or interesting green salsa…  
 
And the leeks and potatoes can help you get going on a potato leek soup for the intermittent chilly days we seem to be having from time to time.  
 
These ideas are a great start to prepping and using your CSA this week! PLUS there are dried beans in your box to start storing up some goodies for when its (and I whisper this) winter and you are looking for some rib-sticking goodness.
 
One last tidbit - lately in the morning I’m doing a quick fried egg tossed onto my salad greens –I plop in a few last cherry tomatoes and BOOM! Protein, greens, veggies. Off to a great start in my day! Bacon, is often a part of that routine too…andddddd now I know what I’m eating for breakfast for sure tomorrow!   I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer as we fully transition to colder temps-get out there and see some leaves- have a fire and enjoy some of the best reasons we call Minnesota HOME!  

 

Your CSA box for this week contains a little taste of the many gorgeous pumpkins we have growing on the farm! You will receive either a Cinnamon Girl, pictured on the left, or New England Pie variety. They are both, in fact, excellent pie varieties that roast into a sweet, smooth filling for your fall baking needs. They even blend well into Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte! You can find recipes for your pumpkins on our Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/theonlystalia/big-river-farms-2015/
 

 

Youth & Family Education Program

There is still room in our upcoming youth programs on September 26th & October 24th. Come out to the farm for hands-on learning about basic sustainable agriculture practices and meet farmers! 

Program sign up: http://mnfoodassociation.org/form/youth-family-education-program


 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are a head-scratcher to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own:
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bigriverfarms/
 

Big River Farms hopes to grow in Wilder Forest!

Wilder Foundation is looking to sell the rest of its 600 acre May Township forest property and the MFA would like to buy it to add to our permaculture and food justice programming.

Click HERE to learn more about the big opportunities ahead for the Minnesota Food Association!


 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  

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: 


 
 


 

Karen Family Farm



 

 

1st Karen Farm

 

Mhonpaj's Garden


 

Sebra Farm

  • Bahji Peppers
  • Green Kale

 MFA Farmers

Posted 9/16/2015 2:15pm by Minnesota Food Association.

              and      
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
Head over to any of Peace Coffee's three locations to taste Big River Farms pumpkins in action. Find them at the Richfield Lakewinds Co-op, on Minnehaha Avenue in south Minneapolis, or at Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. 


 


Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having our annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkins, a raffle, a barbecue, and a potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!

 


 

Urban Oasis Food Fest and 5K - September 19th

Eat, dance, and celebrate the magic food has to bring people together at the 2nd annual Urban Oasis Food Fest on Saturday, September 19 at Indian Mounds Regional Park in Saint Paul. This year we’re adding a 5K run/walk and a Worm Wiggle for the kids so the whole family can join in the fun! While you're there stop by the MFA stand and say hi!

•   Taste delicious, local foods with flavors from around the world

•   Listen to live music from bands including The May North, Barra, Jerry the Jazz Jiraffe, and Chico Chavez

•   Sign the kids up for the Worm Wiggle, a 100-yard trail run for the tots with a wiggly surprise at the end. 

The Food Fest and Worm Wiggle are free to attend. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk will help Urban Oasis offer our free healthy meal-making programs that teach people to locate, buy, store, and prepare healthy low-cost food for themselves and their families. The race begins at 10 a.m., the Worm Wiggle is at 11:15, and the Food Fest is from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us to celebrate the beautiful connection between health, community, and the magic of real food! 

Event info: http://www.urbanoasismn.org/foodfest5k/

Race registration: http://www.tempotickets.com/foodfest5k 

 


 

Youth & Family Education Program

There is still room in our upcoming youth programs on September 26th & October 24th. Come out to the farm for hands-on learning about basic sustainable agriculture practices and meet farmers! 

Program sign up: http://mnfoodassociation.org/form/youth-family-education-program

 


"Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine"

Check out Ananya Dance Theatre's upcoming performance about the work of women to create a just and sustainable food system. MFA farmers served as inspiration after the dance group came out to the farm for a visit in early spring!

Event Details: http://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/event/roktim-nurture-incarnadine/


 

Sign Up for the Fall CSA!

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!


 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are a head-scratcher to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own:
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bigriverfarms/
 

Big River Farms hopes to grow in Wilder Forest!

Wilder Foundation is looking to sell the rest of its 600 acre May Township forest property and the MFA would like to buy it to add to our permaculture and food justice programming.

Click HERE to learn more about the big opportunities ahead for the Minnesota Food Association!


 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  

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: 


 
 


 

Karen Family Farm



 

1st Karen Farm

 

Mhonpaj's Garden


 

Sebra Farm

  • Bahji Peppers
  • Green Kale

 MFA Farmers

Posted 9/8/2015 11:46am by Minnesota Food Association.

 
Sign up for an Urban Oasis Seasonal Cooking Class!

Join an Urban Oasis Seasonal Cooking Class, where you'll learn tasty recipes for cooking with what's in season from Big River Farms and other local farms, and preservation tips so you can taste the harvest all year long. Come for one or both of this season's remaining workshops, all held at Kitchen on the Bluff (705 E 3rd Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106).
  • Wednesday, Sept. 166:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 46:30-8:30 p.m.
See our flyer for more details, and register online today! If you have any questions, please contact Katherine at katherine@urbanoasismn.org or (651) 347-0954.

 



Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having our annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkins, a raffle, a barbecue, and a potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!

Urban Oasis Food Fest and 5K - September 19th

Eat, dance, and celebrate the magic food has to bring people together at the 2nd annual Urban Oasis Food Fest on Saturday, September 19 at Indian Mounds Regional Park in Saint Paul. This year we’re adding a 5K run/walk and a Worm Wiggle for the kids so the whole family can join in the fun! 

•   Taste delicious, local foods with flavors from around the world

•   Listen to live music from bands including The May North, Barra, Jerry the Jazz Jiraffe, and Chico Chavez

•   Sign the kids up for the Worm Wiggle, a 100-yard trail run for the tots with a wiggly surprise at the end. 

The Food Fest and Worm Wiggle are free to attend. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk will help Urban Oasis offer our free healthy meal-making programs that teach people to locate, buy, store, and prepare healthy low-cost food for themselves and their families. The race begins at 10 a.m., the Worm Wiggle is at 11:15, and the Food Fest is from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us to celebrate the beautiful connection between health, community, and the magic of real food! 

Event info: http://www.urbanoasismn.org/foodfest5k/

Race registration: http://www.tempotickets.com/foodfest5k 


 Sign Up for the Fall CSA!

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

 



 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are a head-scratcher to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own:
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bigriverfarms/
 

Big River Farms hopes to grow in Wilder Forest!

Wilder Foundation is looking to sell the rest of its 600 acre May Township forest property and the MFA would like to buy it to add to our permaculture and food justice programming.

Click HERE to learn more about the big opportunities ahead for the Minnesota Food Association!


 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  

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 9/1/2015 10:52am by Minnesota Food Association.

 
Sign up for an Urban Oasis Seasonal Cooking Class!

Join an Urban Oasis Seasonal Cooking Class, where you'll learn tasty recipes for cooking with what's in season from Big River Farms and other local farms, and preservation tips so you can taste the harvest all year long. Come for one or both of this season's remaining workshops, all held at Kitchen on the Bluff (705 E 3rd Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106).
  • Wednesday, Sept. 166:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 46:30-8:30 p.m.
See our flyer for more details, and register online today! If you have any questions, please contact Katherine at katherine@urbanoasismn.org or (651) 347-0954.

 


 

 

 

MFA On-a-Stick!

When: Saturday, September 5th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

What:The Common Table

Where: Horticulture Building

The Common Table is a growing network that includes members of the food community and designers working to promote local food in Minnesota. Come see MFA farmers give presentations on the following topics:

·3:00 PM - Immigrant Farming – Presenter: Dil Gurung, Bhutanese Farm A presentation by immigrant farmers about their story in coming to Minnesota and learning to farm and market their crops in our unique climate.

·4:00 PM - Why Organic? – Presenter: Kano Banjaw, Romé Farm Why is supporting organic farming training important for immigrant farmers? Presentation by MFA/Big River Farms staff and program participants about why they farm organically and what it means to share knowledge of sustainable practices in the immigrant farming community.

·5:00 PM -  Vegetable Repertoire – Presenter: Porfirio Perez, Sebra Farm Expand your vegetable repertoire- buying, cooking and eating traditional crops grown by immigrant farmers in MN. Presentation and demonstration of crops traditionally grown by immigrant farmers. 

 


Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having our annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkins, a raffle, a barbecue, and a potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!

Urban Oasis Food Fest and 5K - September 19th

Eat, dance, and celebrate the magic food has to bring people together at the 2nd annual Urban Oasis Food Fest on Saturday, September 19 at Indian Mounds Regional Park in Saint Paul. This year we’re adding a 5K run/walk and a Worm Wiggle for the kids so the whole family can join in the fun! 

•   Taste delicious, local foods with flavors from around the world

•   Listen to live music from bands including The May North, Barra, Jerry the Jazz Jiraffe, and Chico Chavez

•   Sign the kids up for the Worm Wiggle, a 100-yard trail run for the tots with a wiggly surprise at the end. 

The Food Fest and Worm Wiggle are free to attend. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk will help Urban Oasis offer our free healthy meal-making programs that teach people to locate, buy, store, and prepare healthy low-cost food for themselves and their families. The race begins at 10 a.m., the Worm Wiggle is at 11:15, and the Food Fest is from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us to celebrate the beautiful connection between health, community, and the magic of real food! 

Event info: http://www.urbanoasismn.org/foodfest5k/

Race registration: http://www.tempotickets.com/foodfest5k 


 

Sign Up for Fall CSA!

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

 



Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are a head-scratcher to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own:
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bigriverfarms/
 

 


 

 

Please Note:  The contents of your CSA box may vary slightly from what is pictured.  Be careful when lifting the boxes!  The watermelons make them very heavy.  Please lift them from the bottom. 


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 8/25/2015 11:36am by Minnesota Food Association.


Come and see us at the fair! Minnesota Food Association farmers and staff are participating in 3 exhibits this year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together:

When: Thursday, August 27th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

What: Renewing the Countryside’s agriCULTURE: from First Peoples to New Immigrants

Where: Eco Experience

This year's Healthy Local Food exhibit focuses on immigrant and minority farmers. Numerous cultures have had—and continue to have—lasting impacts on the food system in Minnesota. Come explore how native cultures and immigrants, past and present, have played important roles in food production, economic growth, and expanding our palates. MFA farmers and staff will be at the booth all day with fun activities and information on all of our programs.  

 

When: Sunday, August 30th – 10:00 AM

What:Minnesota Cooks

Where: Carousel Park

Minnesota Cooks is a unique, one-day celebration honoring twelve respected Minnesota farmers and twelve premier Minnesota chefs who source locally-grown foods from these farmers. It will be an entertaining day of cooking demonstrations and lively discussions with chefs, farmers, and local political, media, and arts personalities. Big River Farms’ own See Nay of 1st Karen Farm will be on stage with chef and BRF supporter Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek. Sample some of See Nay’s amazing produce prepared on the spot by Joe into a fabulous Thai dish!  

 

When: Saturday, September 5th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

What:The Common Table

Where: Horticulture Building

The Common Table is a growing network that includes members of the food community and designers working to promote local food in Minnesota. Come see MFA farmers give presentations on the following topics:

·3:00 PM - Immigrant Farming – Presenter: Dil Gurung, Bhutanese Farm A presentation by immigrant farmers about their story in coming to Minnesota and learning to farm and market their crops in our unique climate.

·4:00 PM - Why Organic? – Presenter: Kano Banjaw, Romé Farm Why is supporting organic farming training important for immigrant farmers? Presentation by MFA/Big River Farms staff and program participants about why they farm organically and what it means to share knowledge of sustainable practices in the immigrant farming community.

·5:00 PM -  Vegetable Repertoire – Presenter: Porfirio Perez, Sebra Farm Expand your vegetable repertoire- buying, cooking and eating traditional crops grown by immigrant farmers in MN. Presentation and demonstration of crops traditionally grown by immigrant farmers. 

Posted 8/25/2015 11:07am by Minnesota Food Association.

 

 

MFA On-a-Stick!

Come and see us at the fair! Minnesota Food Association farmers and staff are participating in 3 exhibits this year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together:

When: Thursday, August 27th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

What: Renewing the Countryside’s agriCULTURE: from First Peoples to New Immigrants

Where: Eco Experience

This year's Healthy Local Food exhibit focuses on immigrant and minority farmers. Numerous cultures have had—and continue to have—lasting impacts on the food system in Minnesota. Come explore how native cultures and immigrants, past and present, have played important roles in food production, economic growth, and expanding our palates. MFA farmers and staff will be at the booth all day with fun activities and information on all of our programs.  

 

When: Sunday, August 30th – 10:00 AM

What:Minnesota Cooks

Where: Carousel Park

Minnesota Cooks is a unique, one-day celebration honoring twelve respected Minnesota farmers and twelve premier Minnesota chefs who source locally-grown foods from these farmers. It will be an entertaining day of cooking demonstrations and lively discussions with chefs, farmers, and local political, media, and arts personalities. Big River Farms’ own See Nay of 1st Karen Farm will be on stage with chef and BRF supporter Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek. Sample some of See Nay’s amazing produce prepared on the spot by Joe into a fabulous Thai dish!  

 

When: Saturday, September 5th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

What:The Common Table

Where: Horticulture Building

The Common Table is a growing network that includes members of the food community and designers working to promote local food in Minnesota. Come see MFA farmers give presentations on the following topics:

·3:00 PM - Immigrant Farming – Presenter: Dil Gurung, Bhutanese Farm A presentation by immigrant farmers about their story in coming to Minnesota and learning to farm and market their crops in our unique climate.

·4:00 PM - Why Organic? – Presenter: Kano Banjaw, Romé Farm Why is supporting organic farming training important for immigrant farmers? Presentation by MFA/Big River Farms staff and program participants about why they farm organically and what it means to share knowledge of sustainable practices in the immigrant farming community.

·5:00 PM -  Vegetable Repertoire – Presenter: Porfirio Perez, Sebra Farm Expand your vegetable repertoire- buying, cooking and eating traditional crops grown by immigrant farmers in MN. Presentation and demonstration of crops traditionally grown by immigrant farmers. 

 


Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having it's annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkin picking and painting, a raffle, goat roast, and potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited! 


 

Fall Shares are still available!

Love the veggies you're getting through the regular season CSA?  Sign up for our extended season - the Fall Share!  It's only $110 for three or four  boxes of storage veggies that goes from the end of the regular season through November.  You won't have to worry about your Thanksgiving side dishes!  Click here to sign up today!


 

 

Please Note:  The contents of your CSA box may vary slightly from what is pictured.  Also, be careful when physically picking up the boxes!  The watermelons make them very heavy and they may open on the bottom if you use the handles.  Please pick them up from the bottom this week.  Thanks.


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!