Here in Minnesota, spring has not yet sprung. Many gardens are still covered with snow. But let’s look on the bright side – we can’t complain about not having enough time to peruse the seed catalogs, get seeds started indoors and dream of all the fresh, locally grown foods we’ll soon be eating! If you don’t garden, you can still find plenty of fruits and veggies at local farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and other farms throughout the state. Today, more and more consumers are not only interested in finding local foods, but they also want to get to know a farmer.
The new Minnesota Grown Directory will be available soon and it’s an oh-so-easy way to find those fruits and veggies from orchards, farmers markets, berry farms and garden centers that sell directly to consumers. More than 900 farms and farmers markets are included in the 2013 edition.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will print and distribute approximately 190,000 copies of the directory statewide through tourist centers, libraries, chambers of commerce, farms and retailers. It’s also available online at www.minnesotagrown.com.