About Us: FEAST! Local Foods Network

The FEAST! Local Foods Network is a partnership of many organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system that encourages innovation. As a result of our work, we hope to see current businesses flourish and new businesses get established.
The graphic at right depicts a range of programs supported by the FEAST! Local Foods Network:
  • Peer Networks
  • Feast Financing
  • Grow a Farmer loan program 
  • Smart Start technical assistance program
  • FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace festival and tradeshow event

OUR OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:

   •  To link entrepreneurs to information and business expertise

   •  To boost entrepreneurs access to financial support

   •  To increase and strengthen regional connections

F·E·A·S·T Local Foods Network
Programs are supported by:
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Renewing the Countryside, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, City of Cannon Falls, Compeer Financial, Region Nine Development Commission, and many more. See also our event sponsors.
If you'd like to know more and learn how to be involved, we'd love to hear from you! 

ABOUT THE FEAST! LOCAL FOODS MARKETPLACE

The Feast! Local Foods Marketplace festival and tradeshow was created by the FEAST! Local Foods Network and launched in 2014.  

The event was created to see current local food producers and businesses in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin flourish, and for new businesses get established.  This event gives businesses the opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, technical assistance providers, and wholesale buyers during the tradeshow; during the festival the businesses share samples and sell their artisan products to the public.  By developing a food system that continues to support local producers and foodmakers, we are also supporting the economic development in our region.  This event was made to help businesses grow, from farm to shelf!

In May of 2016 the Network received an award from the Environmental Initiative. Read more about that award here.

During the second Feast! Local Foods Marketplace in 2015, the KSMQ public television program Off 90 came to the tradeshow and interviewed Jan Joannides about the event, as well as talked with some of the vendors. Host Barbara Keith was very entertaining! Please enjoy a great glimpse of Feast! here:

 

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