|John Peterson on his 3rd generation turkey farm (named after his grandparents, Fern & Dale!)
They also have a farm store, thus the name Ferndale Market. Visit!
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?
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.
IF YOU GO:
1217 2nd St SW, Rochester
(under construction but worth it!)
More about TONIC on the FEAST! blog
Fresh & Tasty
Fresh ideas from Whitewater Gardens Farm
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!
DID YOU KNOW?
Contest of the Month!
What does FEAST! stand for?
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 Twitter, Facebook, 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'!
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!?
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!