One of the best parts of a Minnesota summer is the bounty of locally grown fresh fruits and veggies! Our company president Joan is a strong advocate for supporting local and organic produce, even raising her own vegetables in a backyard garden. The presence and peace found in gardening is a wonderful antidote to the stress of modern corporate life,
Additionally, Joan works with her sisters at 5 Sisters Organics, growing small-batch sustainable garlic on their family’s 110-acre farm in Northern Minnesota. Although all five sisters live in a ten-mile radius in the Twin Cities, they all regularly make the four-hour drive, along with children and in-laws, and grandchildren to take care of the farm and grow produce.
Local and organic food is essential because it’s richer in nutrients. It’s also fresher because it’s not shipped across the country (or the world) to a grocery store. Finally, local organic farming supports our local economy, sustaining our communities and small, local farmers.
If you don’t have the means or desire for a personal garden, there are plenty of local farmers markets around the Twin Cities. Mill City Farmers Market is a well-known option located at the historic Mill City Museum. In addition, the Nokomis Farmer’s Market at Chicago and 52nd St has a variety of options. Finally, the Minneapolis Farmers Market has multiple locations around the city. These are just a few of the many diverse farmers markets in the Twin Cities. For a full list of large and small farmers markets, check out this post at Twin Cities Mom Collective.
Minnesota summers have so much to offer us, so take advantage of local organic food wherever you can!