Friends, Allies, and Stuff We Love

Farmers

Fischer Family Farms Pork

Experience pork the way it was meant to taste with Fischer Family Farms Pork. From pork sausage to bratwurst, all of our natural pork products are hormone and growth stimulant-free. From slowly smoked ham to our signature maple coil sausage, you're sure to fall in love with all of our mouth-watering products.

Waseca, MN / Web site
Peterson Limousin Farms

A family operation specializing in producing premium-quality beef with naturally superior cattle - Limousin. Our farms are nestled along the beautiful St. Croix River and have been our passion since 1969.

Osceola, WI / Web site
Star Prairie Trout Farm

Since 1856, Star Prairie’s ice-cold spring water has provided and ideal natural habitat for commercial trout-raising. Fifteen hundred gallons per minute of flow at a steady rate and temperature provide open water and continuous growth and harvests year-round.

Star Prairie, WI / Web site
Larry Schultz Organic Farm

Schultz's chickens are free-range, certified organic and are never administered hormones or antibiotics. In fact, the family grows most of their crops, grinds their own feed, candles & grades their own eggs (the day they're laid, unlike some farms) and handles most of their deliveries.

Owatonna, MN
Pastures A Plenty

Pastures A Plenty Farm is home to a hog farrow to finish operation as well as free range chickens and a seasonal cattle grazing business. Our pork is available at several Twin Cities food co-ops and also at local restaurants.

Kerkhoven, MN / Web site
Garden Farme

In the family since 1913, Garden Farme in Ramsey focuses on specialty market gardening and custom growing for restaurants and caterers. Farmer Bruce Bacon uses a hand tool system in lieu of tractors, resulting in quality, flavorful, beautiful produce.

Ramsey, MN
Wild Acres

A privately owned hunting area, located five and one half miles northeast of Pequot Lakes, MN, in the heart of the famed Northern Minnesota lake country.

Pequot Lakes, MN / Web site
The Lamb Shoppe

The Lamb Shoppe is our farm retail store. You will find delicious healthy wholesome meat from our farm along with other delightful treasures. Our USDA inspected meat is naturally raised, free of growth hormones and antibiotics. It is not irradiated and no animal by-products are used. Our meat tastes as pure and natural as the land it was raised on.

Hutchinson, MN / Web site
Dragsmith Farms

We grow approximately 30 acres of certified organic produce that we market, along with Bison, Elk, Lamb, Honey, Maple Syrup and many other products from neighboring farms, at our on farm store and greenhouses; some of the finest farmers markets, restaurants and food co-ops in Minnesota and Wisconsin year around.

Barron, WI
Footjoy Farm

Chad Forsberg has been farming for 13 years, beginning with a concern for self sustenance, sustainability, and for food security in the world. Since he began farming when he was 22, he has been on an adventure to find cool, unusual, old time, and old world vegetables with superior flavor and unmatched beauty. His farm has a small vineyard & orchard, with many fruit trees and bushes, and delivers produce to many of the finest restaurants around the Twin Cities.

Sparta, WI
Thousand Hills Cattle Company

Our 100% Grass Fed Beef is not only delicious, but good for your health and locally produced.

Cannon Falls, MN / Web site
Sturdiwheat

In 1939 when Arnold Kaehler was grinding wheat on a farm in Red Wing, Minnesota, the casing on his portable grinding mill broke. Some of the outer wheat layers sifted through by mistake. Mr. K. was curious and tasted the stray wheat. "A particularly fine flavor," he thought. He prided himself on the strength-building qualities of the wheat layers and soy grits in his breakfast foods.Sturdiwheat is still made in Red Wing. We're still using Mr. K.'s patented process and we're still selling Sturdiwheat pancake mix and cereal because of their great taste. Even though they're good for you.

Red Wing, MN / Web site
Renewing the Countryside

Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by championing rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.

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Local Harvest

The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

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Sheperd Song Farm

We raise 100% grass-fed lamb and goat meat. We believe pasture raised is absolutely, without a doubt, better for the animals, better for the environment, better for your health — which is better for you! Purchases available through our online store.

Downing, WI / Web site

Local Brews and Spirits

Fulton Beer

At Fulton, our passion is brewing extraordinary beer. At the same time, we acknowledge that there are other worthy pursuits. We're inspired by people with passion and a plan--ordinary people pursuing extraordinary lives. That's why we established the Ful10 program, which invests 10% of Fulton's profits in ordinary entrepreneurs.

Minneapolis, MN / Web site
Finnegans

FINNEGANS was founded in 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from the belief that each and every one of us can make a difference in our community. And that true passion in that belief can move mountains and make magical things happen

Minneapolis, MN / Web site
Surly

Surly: The anger fueled by the inability to find good beer.

Brooklyn Center, MN / Web site
Summit

The brainchild of St. Paul beer lover Mark Stutrud, Summit Brewing Company was founded with one goal: To bring back the remarkable craft beers once brewed throughout the Upper Midwest.

St. Paul, MN / Web site
Rush River Brewing Co.

All of our beers are UNFILTERED and UNPASTEURIZED which gives them more flavor, a robust mouthfeel as well as many health benefits. They are meant for local consumption only, as they are a fresh product.

River Falls, WI / Web site
Dave's Brew Farm

A sustainably-based brewery in Wilson, WI.

Wilson, WI / Web site
Lift Bridge Brewery

Our mission is simple: to create fine beers for you to enjoy! It is our pleasure to supply you with what you need to help you slow down and enjoy life. Whether that is a Farm Girl Saison®, Crosscut Pale Ale™, an American Pale Ale or any of our other seasonal specialties, we want to brew it our way! We hope that through every bottle and tap pull, you can taste: the history of our City, the pride and fun we have in its creation, the uncompromising natural ingredients and brewing process utilized, and ultimately our sincere hope that we have give an experience that makes you proud to be a beer drinker.

Stillwater, MN / Web site
Crispin Cider

Classically refined, but not styled as a traditional "sweet beer" beer alternative, Crispin ciders are crisp and clean, not sweet and sticky and never sacrifice superior quality refreshment satisfaction for overbearing complexity.

Minneapolis, MN / Web site
Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

We are a locally owned and operated brewery, producing strictly for a local and regional market. We like to stay close to the beer we produce as well as to the people who drink it. Our modest scale allows us to be more flexible, dynamic, and closer to retailers as well as beer drinkers.

Lucan, MN / Web site
Flat Earth Brewing Co.

Every Flat Earth beer is brewed using only the finest ingredients and the capital city's purest water. We skip the market research and brew what we believe is a great beer that people will enjoy. Pair any of our beers with your favorite entree, we think there's something for everyone and every taste.

St. Paul, MN / Web site
Alexis Bailly Vineyard

Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Minnesota’s oldest winery, lies in the lush Upper Mississippi River Valley. Since 1973, this small family-owned vineyard and winery near Hastings has won national acclaim for its table wines, thus earning Minnesota unlikely fame in in the wine drinking world.

Hastings, MN / Web site

Organizations Supporting Local and Organic Agriculture

Alliance for Sustainability

We’re here to help you learn about, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Through our programs and outreach, the Alliance has mobilized thousands of citizens and conscious consumers, congregations and communities to move toward sustainability.

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Land Stewardship Project

The mission of the Land Stewardship Project is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.

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Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)

The purpose of MISA is to bring together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond

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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

In the mid-1980s, family farmers across America were in the fight of their lives. Prices had dropped below the cost of production. Family farmers were told they were inefficient and they had to either get big or get out. Deeply flawed national and international policies were the root cause of the crisis. A galvanizing effort to save the family farm helped spawn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America's rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment.

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Next Step: MN Sustainable Communities Network

Increasing numbers of Minnesotans recognize that a transition to a more sustainable society is needed if we are to leave a healthy natural environment, a prosperous economy and vibrant communities for future generations. Many individuals and organizations throughout the state are working toward sustainability in areas as diverse as agriculture, waste management, energy, manufacturing, retail, urban planning, economic development, policy, housing, forestry, education, land use and transportation. The goal of MnSCN and their website is to encourage networking, information exchange, and better access to assistance. This network consists of an even mix of over 3,000 individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, local governments, educational institutions, and other organizations in Minnesota (and bordering areas) who are interested in moving toward sustainability.

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Other restaurants serving local foods and composting

Anchor Fish & Chips

The Real Deal.

Northeast Minneapolis / Web site
Barbette

Named “Best French Restaurant, populist vote” by Mpls St. Paul Magazine, Barbette has also received "best of's" from local press for its late night dining, desserts, wine list, date spot, music, and, of course, those French fries that accompany the steak frites. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night 7 days a week; presenting beautiful food in a casual, eclectic, bistro atmosphere.

Uptown Minneapolis / Web site
Birchwood Cafe

A cross roads of hot food and cool comfort, we made the Birchwood Cafe one part funky coffee house, one part neighborhood cafe, and two parts eclectic organic kitchen. Our original approach to good real food offers one of the most creative menus in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis / Web site
Brasa

Brasa serves comfort food inspired by the Creole cooking traditions of the Americas & Caribbean

Northeast Minneapolis/St. Paul / Web site
Bread & Pickle

Serving locally sourced picnic food & snacks at the Lake Harriet concession stand. Open seasonally 7am-9pm daily.

Lake Harriet - Minneapolis / Web site
Bryant Lake Bowl

A bowling alley, restaurant, bar, and cabaret theater. BLB strives to present locally sourced products on our menu. We have been in a process of moving toward making our business as sustainable and earth-friendly as possible for many years now.

Uptown Minneapolis / Web site
Common Roots

At Common Roots Cafe we serve great food with character morning, noon, and night. Our kitchen uses local and organic ingredients to create a monthly-changing menu of innovative food made from scratch every day. Whether it's espresso on-the-go, lunch with a colleague, happy hour beer with friends, or a night on the town, you'll always know that Common Roots provides high-quality and sustainable fare that's accessible to all. Eat well!

Uptown Minneapolis / Web site
Ecopolitan

Ecopolitan's Minneapolis restaurant is 100% Organic Vegan Raw restaurant, bar, natural home & body goods shop, infrared sauna, oxygen bar and eco-art gallery: "For Your Health, the Earth, & the Taste!"

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Fireroast Mountain Cafe

A small neighborhood cafe and coffee shop providing local and organic menu items. A complete selection of coffee drinks; all bakery items are made on the premises. Specialty items come and go as the seasons change. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options available.

Minneapolis / Web site
Gigi's Cafe

Coffee house by day, dinner joint by night.

Minneapolis / Web site
Gorkha Palace

Located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis just across the Mississippi River, Gorkha Palace offers authentic Nepali, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. We use high quality fresh ingredients sourced from local organic and sustainable farming. Our dairy products are organic, meats are naturally and humanely raised without hormones or antibiotics. Our spices are ground fresh, and ghee (clarified butter) is made in house.

Minneapolis, MN / Web site
Heidi's

Heidi’s Minneapolis is a place where you will find a four-star dining experience at two-star prices–a restaurant where fine dining doesn’t wear a suit and tie. Heidi’s kitchen is known as the home of Chef Stewart Woodman, renowned both for his astonishing creativity and the remarkable simplicity of his dishes.

Minneapolis / Web site
Peace Coffee Shop

Just like the roastery/wholesale side of our business, the coffee shop is also owned by the local non-profit, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Their support, combined with a talented and hardworking team of Peace Coffee staff, friends, family, artists, craftspeople and allies transformed a raw, dusty vacant corner building into a colorful, welcoming & energizing coffee shop!

Minneapolis / Web site
Restaurant Alma

Our food is sourced from top quality seasonal ingredients, featuring a high percentage of local and organic products. Our menu changes every six to eight weeks, offering a mix of new and signature dishes. We consider Alma to be a truly “American” restaurant honoring many different cooking traditions and interpreting them with our unique creative vision.

Minneapolis / Web site
Sen Yai Sen Lek

Big Noodle Little Noodle - is a Minneapolis Thai restaurant featuring rice and noodle dishes. We are located in Northeast Minneapolis on Central Avenue. Sen Yai Thai is perfect for a relaxing dinner out in the City's funky, arts-intensive neighborhood. Or stop in for a bowl of noodles, to pick up some Thai take-out, or to have a glass of wine at the bar.

Northeast Minneapolis / Web site