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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! 


Got Local?

John Peterson with turkey
John Peterson on his 3rd generation turkey farm (named after his grandparents, Fern & Dale!)
They also have a farm store, thus the name Ferndale MarketVisit!

If it's turkey you want, Ferndale is your farmer! 

Ferndale has been at every FEAST! festival, and to John Peterson, "local is bigger than a geographic definition; what’s most important is that a business thinks about how it’s supporting neighbors while still providing a quality product."

Ferndale does turkey farming right—see for yourself at their Farm Tour Day THIS SATURDAY, July 14th.

Free hay rides, farm tours & kids' activities, 10am-4pm. More...  



Have you discovered TONIC yet?

Nicci Sylvester at TONIC

TONIC is constantly winning awards for delectable offerings, from sandwiches & soups to entrees, fresh juices and smoothies. Chef/owner Nicci Sylvester masterfully combines delicious with healthy and local! 

This year they won Best Vegetarian in Rochester for their Ukrainian Pyrohi and house-made sauerkraut (featuring local veggies, of course!) They're also proud of being named Best Juice Bar in Minnesota by WCCO Channel 4.
Nicci has been a supporter of FEAST! from the beginning—did you catch her cooking demo at FEAST '17? 

1217 2nd St SW, Rochester 
(under construction but worth it!)

More about TONIC on the FEAST! blog
TONIC website

Fresh & Tasty

Fresh ideas from Whitewater Gardens Farm

Lonny & Sandy Dietz

Whitewater Gardens Farm is a family-operated organic farm in southeast Minnesota.  They specialize in several field crops including sweet potatoes and carrots along with year-round production of greenhouse tomatoes! 
Available this month are cherry tomatoes, greenhouse slicing tomatoes, heirloom varieties, fresh sweet cabbage, many varieties of summer squash and zucchini, fresh garlic, cauliflower, kale, English cucumbers and sweet peppers, with sweet onions and potatoes coming soon.


Slice tender baby squash lengthwise, rub with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and cajun spice, and grill until just brown and tender. Tasty!
You might recall seeing Whitewater Gardens Farm at FEAST! 2017 — these days you can find them at both the Rochester Downtown Farmers' Market and the Winona Farmers' Market. They're there every Saturday, 7:30 am to noon, from May through October, and also at both winter markets. Also stay connected via Facebook


They have geothermal greenhouses that produce all year! More...

Contest of the Month!

What does FEAST! stand for?July Contest: FEAST acronym

We're often asked what FEAST! stands for, and usually we respond by saying it's actually not an acronym. Now, that's about to change, with our first contest challenge of 2018.

Send us your best effort at making an acronym out of FEAST! for a chance to win a Local Food t-shirt! The winning acronym will highlight our commitment to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system which encourages innovation (our mission). 

Enter on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram using #LocalFeastFTW
That's right, any way you want to enter is fine by us. We'll be thrilled to announce the winner in our next newsletter along with the winning acronym!

So sharpen your pencils and get crackin'! 

Jennifer Plante at FEAST! 2017

Wondering if the People's Choice voting is coming back for 2018?

It definitely is!


Lucky winner Jennifer Plante won this basket last year. Here's what she says: 

Attending FEAST 2017 was the highlight of our holiday food season.  I discovered new favorites (Bloody Mary cheese curds! Grlk sauce!) and revisited old ones (Metz’s and Larry Schultz, to name a couple).  The Children’s Museum added to our enjoyment by providing a farm-themed play area that gave little ones a break from the bustle of vendors and sampling.  Winning the gift basket was just the icing on the cake.  We can’t wait to attend this year!


Who's Fueling FEAST!?

Network mtg May 2018

The FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace is a production of the FEAST! Local Foods Network, which is always open to new members. Founded by Renewing the Countryside (RTC) and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), both the Network and the Marketplace depend on collaboration with partner organizations and individuals. 

The Network supports local food growers and makers by boosting access to financing, peer networking, and sales opportunities. As stated by RTC Director Jan Joannides, "our collaborative approach to local food is really focused on the entrepreneur." 

Creating a thriving local food economy needs to be both community-based and driven by everyone involved—from farmers to consumers. That's why bringing everyone together for the FEAST! Marketplace is so important. It's for all of us!

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