FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: January 2019

 

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JANUARY 2019  |  ISSUE NO. 7

It's 2019...

Clearly, there's a lot of winter left to endure—and we hope you've filled your pantry and freezer with as much preserved local food goodness as you could. Are you full of hope for the new year, and plans to follow your resolutions? We'd like to suggest resolving to get to know more local growers —and also the local food businesses that source ingredients from them.
It's our resolution to help you do that...speaking of which, here's a date to add to your brand new calendar:

FEAST! 2019 will be Saturday, Dec. 7th this year

—FEAST! Local Foods Network team members 

 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: December 2018

 

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DECEMBER 2018  |  ISSUE NO. 6

It's the December issue of The Scoop!
We're pleased to offer a special edition that wraps up the annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace, and also to wish you good connections to your foodmakers and growers in the new year.
 
—FEAST! Local Foods Network team members 

 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: November 2018

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NOVEMBER 2018  |  ISSUE NO. 5

It's the November issue of The Scoop!
We hope you enjoy this special edition, chock full of special goings-on to coincide with our big event December 1st (and Nov 30 for industry insiders).

3 important takeaways:
  1. FEAST! should be on your calendar. Dec.1, 10am-4pm. Do it now.
  2. FEAST! Restaurant Week is Nov. 26-Dec. 1. (Pssst! Perfect for a date night!)
  3. The premiere issue of the FEAST! Local Foods Magazine hits stands Monday, Nov. 19 all around Rochester and beyond. If you can't find a copy in your co-op or grocery store, keep looking! (scroll down for a sneak peek!) 
—Brett Olson, Creative Director,
Renewing the Countryside
 

 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: October 2018


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OCTOBER 2018  |  ISSUE NO. 4
 

Welcome to the October issue of The Scoop!

We appreciate you reading and sharing this newsletter—please get in touch if you have suggestions or questions about The Scoop or FEAST!

As harvest season winds down, remember the FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace is a source of local products we can enjoy year-round. Make sure you've got December 1st on your calendar for the FEAST! festival!
 

—Pam Bishop, V.P. of Economic Development,
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

 

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Cannon Falls Harvest Fest hosts FEAST! vendors and more

Have you heard about the new Artisan Plaza in Cannon Falls? It's just the latest and greatest way to celebrate the creative, sustainable and enterprising local businesses in the Cannon Falls area. And Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 29, 2018 is the perfect time to get acquainted!

From 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, they'll have the local farmers market vendors along with a handful of FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace vendors exhibiting produce and products, plus craft vendors and other great activities. 

Vendors include...

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: September 2018


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SEPTEMBER 2018  |  ISSUE NO. 3
 

Welcome to the September issue of The Scoop!

You're doing great work to support local foods by reading and sharing this newsletter. We appreciate you! If you have suggestions for content, questions about The Scoop, or questions about FEAST!, we're all ears. (No corny joke here!)

Seriously, though, we hope you're enjoying the bounty of harvest season—many of the hard-working businesses that attend FEAST! are busy processing and preserving the seasonal freshness into local product we can enjoy year-round. We hope you've got December 1st on your calendar for the FEAST! Marketplace!
 

—Elena Byrne, Tradeshow & Communications Coordinator

 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: August 2018


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AUGUST 2018  |  ISSUE NO. 2
 

Welcome to the August issue of The Scoop!
We're glad to have a way to share happenings and contests.

In this issue, meet Pete Gengler of Sno Pac Foods, Tessa Leung of Grand Rounds Brewing Co., Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford of Blue Fruit Farm, the winners of our acronym contest challenge, and more!

Enjoy, share, and let us know what you think! 


 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP is your new monthly connection to news & contests


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JULY 2018  |  ISSUE NO. 1
 

Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Scoop!
We're glad to have a way to stay in touch each month and share with you some highlights and happenings, as well as some fun contests.

In this issue, meet John Peterson of Ferndale Market, Nicci Sylvester of TONIC, Lonny and Sandy Dietz of Whitewater Gardens Farm, and more—including a contest challenge that will stretch your word skills!

Enjoy, share, and let us know what you think! 


 

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Exhibitor applications sought for Fifth Annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace

Feast logo(June 19, 2018) – The Fifth Annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace is now accepting applications for food and beverage businesses from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota for its event Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018, Mayo Civic Center.

FEAST! hosts more than 100 juried exhibitors who utilize locally grown ingredients when possible and operate at or near a distributor-ready scale. Exhibitors show, sample and sell their artisan food products to wholesale buyers and consumers during the two-day event. They also participate in a Friday tradeshow with networking and workshop sessions. (2017 exhibitors here).

FEAST! 2018 brings new opportunities for engagement, including a Virtual Pitch Experience and more interaction with wholesale buyers during the Friday tradeshow. FEAST! Restaurant Week returns, with local restaurants featuring FEAST! vendor products. The Saturday festival will once again invite the public to pick their favorite for the People’s Choice Award. Three new award categories, focusing on innovation, social benefit and booths/displays, have been added for 2018.

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The marriage of maple and oak: fall in love with B & E’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

by Elena Byrne

 

With the recent release of their Vintage 2017 batch of bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, Bree Breckel and Eric Weninger have hit their stride. It’s their third batch, and they’ve gathered resources, earned fans, and created crazy demand.  

"Folks are eating - or drinking it- faster than we can fill the bottles!" says Bree.

B & E’s Trees has risen to regional fame with their inventive collaboration, combining the luxury of pure maple syrup with the decadence of bourbon. Their secret is to age the maple syrup in barrels formerly used to age bourbon which creates a precious sweetness. The symphony of maple and oak is an inspiration that belies the imagination—no longer just for pancakes, you’re motivated to go full out and do waffles. Or better yet, use it to add nuance and depth to countless other savory concoctions and delightful mixed drinks.

Bree and Eric started mapling by selling bulk to Maple Valley Co-op, with both working off-farm jobs to support their maple habit.  Then in 2013 a good friend connected them with Central Waters Brewing Co., and a plot of deliciousness was hatched.  Central Waters would source fresh Bourbon Barrels, B&E would use them to age their maple syrup, and then the maple soaked barrels would return to the brewery to age their Maple Barrel Stout.  

The initial batch of Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup hit shelves in the Autumn of 2015, and an extremely limited release of the Maple Barrel Stout was launched at the brewery in April 2017.

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