FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: October 2019

 

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OCTOBER 2019  |  VOL. 2, NO. 4

COMFORT FOOD edition...

The cold weather is settling in—do you find yourself turning to comfort foods? Indulge in reading about Shokolate Haven and Fifth Season Food Cooperative, plus a preview of the artists bringing life-sized interactives to this year's festival! Also, a recap of this year's FEAST! Restaurant Week: do we need to re-define "comfort" when it comes to food? 

Check out the contest for a chance to win some delectable chocolate from Shokolate Haven!

—FEAST! Local Foods Network team members 

 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: September 2019

 

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SEPTEMBER 2019  |  VOL. 2, NO. 3

Welcome to fall—it's the pumpkin spice edition!

Let's make the most of the farmers' markets we have left—have you preserved any of that harvest? If not, never fear: the food businesses of the region are GREAT at using that bounty for their artisan products.

This month we're sharing profiles on West Indies Soul Food and Open Hands Farm, and introducing you to a marketing partner, Hospitality Minnesota. Also, a preview of this year's FEAST! Restaurant Week—coming October 7-13! 

Speak your mind in this month's contest for a chance to win some awesome sauce from West Indies Soul Food!

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: August 2019

 

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AUGUST 2019  |  VOL. 2, NO. 2

Where did summer go?

Hopefully you're still enjoying summery days and plenty of fresh veggies, but we all know the cool nights are a harbinger...well, let's not say it! 

This month we're sharing profiles on Seven Sundays and Keepsake Cidery, introducing you to our partner, Agricultural Utilization Research Initiative, and letting you know about some great demos at the Minnesota State Fair (going on now!). And enter this month's contest—with a photo—to win a muesli variety pack from Seven Sundays!

Also: if you'd like to support the FEAST! Local Foods Magazine by placing an ad, the deadline has been extended to Aug. 30! 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: July 2019

 

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JULY 2019  |  VOL. 2, NO. 1

We're in the "dog days!"

The term doesn't refer to actual dogs, but to a constellation: to the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. 

This month we're sharing profiles on CTL Foods, Casablanca Cuisine, Aspelund Winery, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and a contest—and if you were waiting until the last minute to reserve ad space in the FEAST! Local Foods Magazine, now would be good...deadline is Aug. 12! 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: June 2019

 

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JUNE 2019  |  ISSUE NO. 12

Summer's bounty begins!


By now we've indulged in asparagus and rhubarb, and are awaiting much more to come! It's been a wet, late spring and our region's farmers are comparatively fortunate—many farmers south of us have a difficult year ahead recovering from flooded fields, which is a good reminder to be grateful for what we have.


This month we're sharing profiles on Wisconsin ginseng producer Heil Harvest, Fiddlehead Coffee Co., Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, and the Post Bulletin, plus a new contest for a chance to win a box of Heil Harvest ginseng tea! 
 
 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: May 2019

 

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MAY 2019  |  ISSUE NO. 11

Bring on the May flowers, and outdoor Farmers Markets!

We deserve some pleasant weather and outdoor fun, at last, right?
This month we're sharing news about Valley View Farms, Bleu Duck Kitchen, Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, and the City of Cannon Falls.

PLUS, contests have returned!
Read on for a chance to win swag from Rochester Farmers Markets! 
 

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Celebrate Earth Day by making plans for Every Day

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on our everyday habits and learn about new ways to play our part in helping make sustainable practices increasingly commonplace. Below is a great infographic from Pennington Creative, and we especially like suggestion #6, "Buy local produce" —though we'd also ADD: "and packaged foods from small, regional businesses that use local produce, grains, dairy and meat."  

Not only does buying from local and regional sources mean a smaller carbon footprint, it also means 

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: April 2019

 

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APRIL 2019  |  ISSUE NO. 10

This just in: April snow also brings May flowers!

Okay, we're all ready for warm weather, fresh air, and outdoor activities, right? Check out Kakookies for a healthy grab and go snack, Cameo at the Castle for a special meal when you're too busy to cook, and check in with a local farm if you think you had a tough winter!

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: March 2019

 

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MARCH 2019  |  ISSUE NO. 9

Spring IS coming!

Days are getting longer, and farms all over the region are busy as they nurture seedlings and prepare for the soil to come alive again. Hands in the air if you've signed up for a CSA already!
Spring is special in the Midwest— life 'springs' back even after a winter like this...
Scroll down to read about a worthy crowdfunding PIE opportunity on this Pi Day, plus some other good things cooking, growing, and coming soon!

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FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: February 2019

 

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FEBRUARY 2019  |  ISSUE NO. 8

Take heart...there are just 33 days until spring!

Well, okay, that's just what the calendar says. But the good news is that all of this snow should be good for soil moisture, so good for farmers. 
Scroll down to read about some other good things for farmers: bees fostered by Bare Honey, farm-to-table champion Forager Brewery, nutrient-dense microgreens from My Sweet Greens MN, and economic development promoters, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. 
And if you need a jolt of spring, check out this countdown clock...
 

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