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 / Website

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 / Website

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 / Website

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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

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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 / Website

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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 / Website

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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 / Website

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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 / Website

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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 / Website

 

Thousand Hills Cattle Company

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

Cannon Falls, MN / Website

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 / Website

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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 / Website

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 / Website

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 / Website

Surly

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

Brooklyn Center, MN / Website

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 / Website

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 / Website

Dave's Brew Farm

A sustainably-based brewery in Wilson, WI.

Wilson, WI / Website

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 / Website

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 / Website

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 / Website

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 / Website

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 / Website

 

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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