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Local authors out with new books - Several local authors have new books out or titles that are due out soon. Original Local, focusing on indigenous foods, stories, and recipes from the Upper Midwest, spans traditional American Indian treatments and creative contemporary fusion. The book, published in November by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, is by Heid Erdrich, author of five books […]
Get back to your roots at two SFA conferences - Yes, the temperatures have been FRIGID this month, so, what better time to start thinking about crop and livestock production, seed saving, soil health, and other warm-season topics than now, right? Well, our friends at Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFA) have two informative conferences coming up that will give you ample time to talk […]
Fresh Bounty…In Winter: Eat local vegetables year round - By Andy Greder When a late fall frost hits the carrots in the fields of Featherstone Farm, the snap only makes them sweeter. And now more local food consumers realize you can eat that favorite food from the southern Minnesota farm—in January. About 10 farms now offer winter CSAs (or Community-Supported Agriculture) shares in the […]
Garden Fresh Farms: An Update - Entrepreneur Dave Roeser and his Maplewood-based Garden Fresh Farms keep garnering awards and, as the Star Tribune recently reported, are also raising some serious expansion capital. Roeser and Garden Fresh Farms, which were also featured in the Nov.-Dec. 2012 issue of Edible Twin Cities, have won entrepreneur awards from the Minnesota Cup and Midwest Region […]
Healthy snacks for Black Friday - By Amanda McKnight Black Friday is coming. Many of you will likely skip the madness, but there may be a few of you who love a good bargain and will venture forth accordingly. Well, be warned. You may think you’ll make it through the day (or night) just fine fueled by Thanksgiving leftovers, but you […]
Leftover Turkey? Make Turkey Shepherd’s Pie or Turkey Fajitas - By Carol J. Butler The sight of my mother making turkey soup, separating leftover meat from the bone, is as much a Thanksgiving memory as the actual feast itself. She always looked forward to making the turkey soup, and my father always gave her the highest praise. Unfortunately, as a vegetarian, I share neither my […]
Thanksgiving: ‘It’s all about the pies’ - By Amanda McKnight Thanksgiving dinner is one of those meals that is practically guaranteed to be delicious, but deep down aren’t we all most excited about dessert? Thanksgiving is known for its traditional desserts—pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie. Like Taya Kaufeberg says, “It’s all about the pies.” Kaufeberg, culinary manager at The Wedge Co-op, […]
Duluth area startup egg producer could be sitting on golden egg - By Andy Greder A northeastern Minnesota startup that produces eggs from pasture-raised hens could be sitting on a golden egg. Locally Laid Egg Company, about 25 miles outside of Duluth, announced recently that its 15-month-old business is one of four finalists for a professional TV commercial to air during the Super Bowl. Married co-owners Jason […]
Holiday Drinks Warm Up Family Gatherings - [NOTE: This story and recipe first appeared in our Nov.-Dec. print edition.] By Beth Dooley My grandfather loved the Holidays, especially Christmas. A self-taught pianist, he played every carol come the day after Thanksgiving, over and over and with glee.  His annual Christmas party, held the night before Christmas Eve, welcomed the entire family (about 20 […]
Thanksgiving sides: A brief history of cranberries - By Amanda Lillie Although cranberries are touted as having been part of the original Thanksgiving feast, most historians say it is unlikely cranberries were served as their own dish until years later, reports the website, It is true, though, that the Pilgrims learned to use cranberries from the Native Americans, who used the fruit […]
Minnesota Cup kicks off new food division - A festive group of nearly 200 gathered Thursday night at the Mill City Museum for the Minnesota Cup Food, Agriculture & Beverage Division Kickoff event, designed as a way for our region’s food community to support and foster our industry’s entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas. Ten invited exhibitors, including small businesses such as Nots, Red […]
A Wild Thanksgiving - The editors at Field & Stream magazine call Thanksgiving the “hunter’s holiday,” referring to the fall hunting season for wild turkeys. Yet some hunters say that the best time to hunt for turkeys is actually in the spring, not fall. And, as local cookbook author and frequent Edible Twin Cities contributor Beth Dooley recently pointed […]
Thanksgiving: Vegetarian alternatives to turkey - By Amanda Lillie Not many people will argue that Thanksgiving is the most food-centric holiday of the year—hence why we will all inevitably gain five pounds this month. But Thanksgiving is geared toward carnivores, considering the main course is typically turkey. So what can vegans and vegetarians choose? Bill Williams, deli manager at Seward Co-op […]
Nov.-Dec. issue is here: Holiday ‘Spirits’ - Our Nov.-Dec. issue is now available throughout the Twin Cities area. Click here to view a list of our magazine outlets. We focus on a theme of holiday “spirits,” showcasing our area’s “liquid assets,” an assortment of holiday drinks and libations. So, among a number of articles, you’ll find a story on holiday cocktails […]
Re-Discover Your Kitchen - [NOTE: This story and recipe first appeared in our Sept.-Oct. print edition.] BY CAROL J. BUTLER Many of today’s contemporary cooking shows stress the importance of quick-n-easy, with a focus on getting you out of the kitchen as soon as possible, as if the kitchen were a terrible place to be. Michael Pollan, author of […]
Sept.-Oct. issue is here: Cooks and Cooking! - Our Sept.-Oct. issue is now available throughout the Twin Cities area. Click here to view a list of our magazine outlets. We focus on a theme of Cooks and Cooking, so, among other stories, you’ll read about ways to “re-discover” your kitchen, the Cooking Matters education program, and Zen and the art of intuitive […]
Minnesota schools expand fresh, local offerings during Farm to School Month - September is Farm to School Month in Minnesota, designed to highlight partnerships between school districts and local farmers that bring fresh, local food to K-12 students and children in childcare. Weekly themes that put the spotlight on certain local foods and activities for students help schools build on the momentum that has established Minnesota as […]
Urban ag tour set for Sept. 27 - Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 27 for the 5th Urban Agriculture Bus Tour, coordinated by University of Minnesota Extension. The event is sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, NRC SARE in Minnesota, and Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. This year’s tour focuses on urban agriculture sites in Minneapolis with a theme of  “What happens because […]
School lunches: The local angle - At Minneapolis Public Schools, students these days are dining on grass-fed beef, fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains and school-made Italian sausages using free-range turkey meat. This good news was reported recently by Foodservice News, a publication that covers the region’s restaurants and food service industry. The publication featured an article focusing on how students […]
Garlic fest heats up Hutchinson Aug. 10 - Get ready for the 8th Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn. Coordinated by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, ticket prices are as follows: Adults: $5, Kids under 12: $3, stroller/carried babies free; $1 Parking per vehicle. The Minnesota […]