Kinney Creek Brewery
From 1922 to 2012, Rochester, Minnesota had no breweries, thanks to Prohibition. After learning home-brewing along the nearby Kinney Creek, Donovan Seitz decided to initiate reform of the alcohol laws in Rochester.
Kinney Creek Brewery became the first brewery and tap room in Rochester in December 2012 just two days after national “Repeal Day,” the anniversary of Prohibition’s end in 1933. Changing laws takes time, but it was well worth it—there's a renaissance of craft brewing for a thirsty Rochester community.
Kinney Creek has been a strong supporter of FEAST!, attending the festival every year to share samples of their brews. Hunt them down and say hello on Saturday, December 1st!
Kinney Creek is committed to bringing the community the freshest and best craft beer,
and bringing some fun to Rochester as well.
"We use local vendors for hops and honey, and love to support a variety of local events as a way of giving back to our amazing community." —Donovan Seitz
What does Farm to Table mean?
Have you heard the phrase "farm to table" and wondered what it means?
You'd be right to wonder; there's no regulation, certification, or policing of that phrase—there's just good, hard-working restaurant folks building relationships with farmers who can reliably supply fresh, tasty, nutrient-rich foods: fresh fruits and veggies, pasture-raised meats, hand-crafted cheese and other minimally-processed artisan ingredients.
How about "food system"?
It basically points to the fact that we're dependent on others for food, and the players in that system can vary. "Farm to table" shortens that loop, and ensures better returns for farms. So consider that when choosing a restaurant—what can your restaurant tell you about the suppliers they use? If they're doing 'farm to table' right, they'll be able to tell you!
Pictured: Chalkboard by Nicci Sylvester from her wonderfully farm-to-table Tonic — Local Kitchen & Juice Bar
For a list of Rochester area restaurants doing Farm to Table for the FEAST! Restaurant Week, visit the FEAST! website.
Fresh & Tasty
Country View Dairy
Country View Dairy makes all-natural yogurt products right on their family farm in the hills of Northeast Iowa. The cows milk gets turned into yogurt in their Grade A milk plant within a matter of hours and is all done right on the farm.
They recently received Blue, Red & White Ribbons at the 2018 Iowa State Fair Quality Dairy Products Contest and were on display next to the Famous Butter Cow throughout the fair. They're also developing a new sour cream product which they hope to introduce in early 2019.
DID YOU KNOW?
Not only that, but they also sell fun flavors of frozen soft-serve yogurt at their farm store, flavors like Strawberry Cream and Apple Cider—and they've won awards for their Aronia blackberry Greek yogurt...healthy, delicious and unique! What's not to love?
Visit their farm store if you happen to be near Hawkeye, Iowa. Or, catch up with them at FEAST! on Saturday, Dec. 1st!
15197 230th St
Hawkeye, Iowa 52147
Minnesota Grocers Association
To learn more, contact Karly Ackerman at
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