FARMERS


Dragsmith — Barron, WI

We grow approximately 30 acres of certified organic produce that we market, along with Bison, Elk, Lamb, Honey, Maple Syrup and many other products from neighboring farms, at our on farm store and greenhouses; some of the finest farmers markets, restaurants and food co-ops in Minnesota and Wisconsin year around.

Footjoy — Sparta, WI

Chad Forsberg has been farming for 13 years, beginning with a concern for self sustenance, sustainability, and for food security in the world. Since he began farming when he was 22, he has been on an adventure to find cool, unusual, old time, and old world vegetables with superior flavor and unmatched beauty. His farm has a small vineyard & orchard, with many fruit trees and bushes, and delivers produce to many of the finest restaurants around the Twin Cities.

 

Hidden Streams Farm — Elgin, MN

Hidden Stream Farm produces MSG free meat, beef and pork with no chemicals or antibiotics based on a grass fed family farm. We are located near Elgin, MN not far from the bluffs of the Mississippi River.

Larry Schultz Organic Farm — Owatonna, MN

Schultz’s chickens are free-range, certified organic and are never administered hormones or antibiotics. In fact, the family grows most of their crops, grinds their own feed, candles & grades their own eggs (the day they’re laid, unlike some farms) and handles most of their deliveries.

Peterson Limousin Farms

A family operation specializing in producing premium-quality beef with naturally superior cattle – Limousin. Our farms are nestled along the beautiful St. Croix River and have been our passion since 1969.

LOCAL BREWS AND SPIRITS


Alexis Bailly Vineyard — Hastings, MN

Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Minnesota’s oldest winery, lies in the lush Upper Mississippi River Valley. Since 1973, this small family-owned vineyard and winery near Hastings has won national acclaim for its table wines, thus earning Minnesota unlikely fame in in the wine drinking world.

Brau Brothers Brewing Co. — Lucan, MN

We are a locally owned and operated brewery, producing strictly for a local and regional market. We like to stay close to the beer we produce as well as to the people who drink it. Our modest scale allows us to be more flexible, dynamic, and closer to retailers as well as beer drinkers.

Crispin Cider — Minneapolis

Classically refined, but not styled as a traditional “sweet beer” beer alternative, Crispin ciders are crisp and clean, not sweet and sticky and never sacrifice superior quality refreshment satisfaction for overbearing complexity.

Dave’s Brew Farm — Wilson, W

A sustainably-based brewery in Wilson, WI.

Finnegans — Minneapolis

FINNEGANS was founded in 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from the belief that each and every one of us can make a difference in our community. And that true passion in that belief can move mountains and make magical things happen

Flat Earth Brewing Co. — St. Paul

Every Flat Earth beer is brewed using only the finest ingredients and the capital city’s purest water. We skip the market research and brew what we believe is a great beer that people will enjoy. Pair any of our beers with your favorite entree, we think there’s something for everyone and every taste.

Fulton Beer — Minneapolis

At Fulton, our passion is brewing extraordinary beer. At the same time, we acknowledge that there are other worthy pursuits. We’re inspired by people with passion and a plan–ordinary people pursuing extraordinary lives. That’s why we established the Ful10 program, which invests 10% of Fulton’s profits in ordinary entrepreneurs.

Grainbelt — New Ulm, MN

The Friendly Beer.

LakeFront Brewery, Inc — Milwaukee, WI

Brewing traditional and innovative craft beer since 1987. The first certified organic brewery in the country, and first to bring you gluten-free beer.

Lift Bridge Brewery  — Stillwater, MN

Our mission is simple: to create fine beers for you to enjoy! It is our pleasure to supply you with what you need to help you slow down and enjoy life. Whether that is a Farm Girl Saison®, Crosscut Pale Ale™, an American Pale Ale or any of our other seasonal specialties, we want to brew it our way! We hope that through every bottle and tap pull, you can taste: the history of our City, the pride and fun we have in its creation, the uncompromising natural ingredients and brewing process utilized, and ultimately our sincere hope that we have give an experience that makes you proud to be a beer drinker.

Rush River Brewing Co. — River Falls, WI

All of our beers are UNFILTERED and UNPASTEURIZED which gives them more flavor, a robust mouthfeel as well as many health benefits. They are meant for local consumption only, as they are a fresh product.

Summit — St. Paul

The brainchild of St. Paul beer lover Mark Stutrud, Summit Brewing Company was founded with one goal: To bring back the remarkable craft beers once brewed throughout the Upper Midwest.

Surly — Brooklyn Center, MN

Surly: The anger fueled by the inability to find good beer.

 

ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING LOCAL AND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE


Alliance for Sustainability

We’re here to help you learn about, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Through our programs and outreach, the Alliance has mobilized thousands of citizens and conscious consumers, congregations and communities to move toward sustainability.

 

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

In the mid-1980s, family farmers across America were in the fight of their lives. Prices had dropped below the cost of production. Family farmers were told they were inefficient and they had to either get big or get out. Deeply flawed national and international policies were the root cause of the crisis. A galvanizing effort to save the family farm helped spawn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America’s rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment.

Land Stewardship Project

The mission of the Land Stewardship Project is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

The purpose of MISA is to bring together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond. 

Next Step: MN Sustainable Communities Network

Increasing numbers of Minnesotans recognize that a transition to a more sustainable society is needed if we are to leave a healthy natural environment, a prosperous economy and vibrant communities for future generations. Many individuals and organizations throughout the state are working toward sustainability in areas as diverse as agriculture, waste management, energy, manufacturing, retail, urban planning, economic development, policy, housing, forestry, education, land use and transportation. The goal of MnSCN and their website is to encourage networking, information exchange, and better access to assistance. This network consists of an even mix of over 3,000 individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, local governments, educational institutions, and other organizations in Minnesota (and bordering areas) who are interested in moving toward sustainability.

OTHER RESTAURANTS SERVING LOCAL FOODS AND COMPOSTING


Anchor Fish & Chips — Minneapolis

The Real Deal.

Northeast Minneapolis

Barbette — Minneapolis

Named “Best French Restaurant, populist vote” by Mpls St. Paul Magazine, Barbette has also received “best of’s” from local press for its late night dining, desserts, wine list, date spot, music, and, of course, those French fries that accompany the steak frites. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night 7 days a week; presenting beautiful food in a casual, eclectic, bistro atmosphere.  Uptown Minneapolis.

Birchwood Cafe — Minneapolis

A cross roads of hot food and cool comfort, we made the Birchwood Cafe one part funky coffee house, one part neighborhood cafe, and two parts eclectic organic kitchen. Our original approach to good real food offers one of the most creative menus in the Twin Cities.

Brasa — Northeast Minneapolis/St. Paul

Brasa serves comfort food inspired by the Creole cooking traditions of the Americas & Caribbean. 

Bread & Pickle — Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Serving locally sourced picnic food & snacks at the Lake Harriet concession stand. Open seasonally 7am-9pm daily.

Bryant Lake Bowl — Uptown Minneapolis

A bowling alley, restaurant, bar, and cabaret theater. BLB strives to present locally sourced products on our menu. We have been in a process of moving toward making our business as sustainable and earth-friendly as possible for many years now.

Fireroast Mountain Cafe — Minneapolis

A small neighborhood cafe and coffee shop providing local and organic menu items. A complete selection of coffee drinks; all bakery items are made on the premises. Specialty items come and go as the seasons change. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options available.

Gigi’s Cafe — Minneapolis

Coffee house by day, dinner joint by night.

Gorkha Palace — Northeast Minneapolis

Located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis just across the Mississippi River, Gorkha Palace offers authentic Nepali, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. We use high quality fresh ingredients sourced from local organic and sustainable farming. Our dairy products are organic, meats are naturally and humanely raised without hormones or antibiotics. Our spices are ground fresh, and ghee (clarified butter) is made in house.

Kyatchi — Minneapolis

Kyatchi is committed to fun times, happy service, healthy oceans, and perennial landscapes. We’re plating up sustainable ingredients—especially with a focus on sustainable fish and seafood—in both traditional Japanese and new American ways. We’re also on a mission to pour you a great sake. Irashai!

Pat’s Tap — Minneapolis

The neighborhood bar features 4 vintage skee-ball machines, an impressive 50+ canned beer list, a wine list with organic and sustainable choices, and a menu featuring a gourmet twist to traditional bar fare.  Pat’s is committed to supporting local and organic agriculture through our menus. Pat’s is anticipating to be the 1st LEED 2009 Retail: CI Platinum Certified restaurant in the Twin Cities.

Peace Coffee — Minneapolis

Just like the roastery/wholesale side of our business, the coffee shop is also owned by the local non-profit, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Their support, combined with a talented and hardworking team of Peace Coffee staff, friends, family, artists, craftspeople and allies transformed a raw, dusty vacant corner building into a colorful, welcoming & energizing coffee shop!

Red Stag Supperclub — Northeast Minneapolis

MN’s 1st LEED-CI Certified restaurant, strives to be a good local & world citizen by serving local & organic foods as much as possible, conserving resources & composting waste, and by always being on the lookout as to how to better its business practices. Serving lunch, dinner, late night, and brunch on the weekends.

Restaurant Alma — Minneapolis

Our food is sourced from top quality seasonal ingredients, featuring a high percentage of local and organic products. Our menu changes every six to eight weeks, offering a mix of new and signature dishes. We consider Alma to be a truly “American” restaurant honoring many different cooking traditions and interpreting them with our unique creative vision.

Sen Yai Sen Lek — Northeast Minneapolis

Big Noodle Little Noodle – is a Minneapolis Thai restaurant featuring rice and noodle dishes. We are located in Northeast Minneapolis on Central Avenue. Sen Yai Thai is perfect for a relaxing dinner out in the City’s funky, arts-intensive neighborhood. Or stop in for a bowl of noodles, to pick up some Thai take-out, or to have a glass of wine at the bar.

Tiny Diner — Minneapolis

The Tiny Diner and Farm is a small place with big ideas. We believe it’s the little things that count, so we’re creating menus with as many local foods as we can, including the stuff we grow ourselves.
Every month we pay tribute to diner towns across the USA, exploring different ways to use our Midwestern bounty.