FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: October 2018

Got Local? | Eateries | Fresh & Tasty | Contest Fun! | Who's Fueling FEAST!?

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


Got Local?

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

Kinney Creek Brewery website 

Kinney Creek on Facebook



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.



Country View farmstead yogurt is made in both original and Greek style, and is available in many Hy-Vee stores.

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!

Pictured: (Top) Welcome sign at the farm, courtesy of Facebook. (Bottom) Bob Howard manning the Country View Dairy booth at FEAST! 2017. Photo by Jesse Womack


Country View Dairy on Facebook


Contest of the Month!

Who are you bringing with you to FEAST!?

FEAST! is fun for all ages...Do you come with a spouse? A friend? Your whole family? 
Who do you plan to bring to the FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace this year? 

Enter by telling us:
who's coming with you to FEAST!?

Either reply to this email OR,
enter on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram 
using #LocalFeastFTW

The prize:

The selected winner will receive a bag of coffee from Carlson Roasting!
Carlson Roasting is located in Houston, MN, and specializes in Fair Trade, Organic coffees from around the world. One of their favorites is this Bourbon Barrel Aged Peru (pictured). They age the beans in a barrel from Rock Filter Distillery located in nearby Spring Grove, MN. 

More about Carlson Roasting

Now, about the SEPTEMBER CONTEST...

Drumroll, please!

Thanks to those of you who shared your favorite thing about FEAST!

We're happy to award the prize of a jar of Minnesota Wildflower Honey from The Bee Shed to 

Nancy Rivers Marg


Nancy's favorite thing? 
"Being able to meet so many local producers all in one place, try their products and then being able to purchase many products right there."

Well...we couldn't have said it better ourselves!

Cooking demos at FEAST!...
Have you picked up some ideas?

Do you enjoy the cooking demos at FEAST!?
We're working on our lineup for this year, and we think it'll be swell.

Did you learn some new tricks from a FEAST demo? We'd love to hear about it.
Reply or email [email protected] if you have an experience to share!


Who's Fueling FEAST!?

Minnesota Grocers Association


The focus at the Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA) is the sustainability of the food industry from farm to fork. As the foundation for the state, the MGA has a strong commitment to consumers, careers, and community. They actively advance the common interest of all those engaged in all aspects of the retail food industry as a leader and advocate in government affairs.
With over 300 member companies supporting 1300 communities, their member companies employ over 150,000 union and non-union Minnesotans.


The MGA is the only state trade association that represents the food industry of Minnesota from farm to fork. Showcasing local products is critical to grocers throughout the state of Minnesota.


As an example, the MGA highlights locally grown food in partnership with the MN Department of Agriculture with a MN Grown Retailer of the Year Contest.
There are six categories of winners for each Minnesota region, based on county boarders: Northwest, Northeast, Twin Cities, Southeast, Southwest, West Central, as well as the first-ever Beer, Wine & Spirits category. The winners of this contest are showcased at an annual industry luncheon in the spring.
To learn more, contact Karly Ackerman at 



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.  
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