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Minnesota Cooks is an educational outreach program of Minnesota Farmers Union that celebrates Minnesota's dedicated family farmers and the talented local foods-minded chefs and restaurant owners who work tirelessly to highlight delicious farm-fresh foods on their menus.

Through its one-day event at the Minnesota State Fair and its accompanying calendar, Minnesota Cooks strengthens the health and fabric of Minnesota's farms, restaurants, households and economy by connecting consumers with locally-produced foods.

This year's local-foods celebration will take place on Sunday, August 24 at the Minnesota State Fair. Mark your calendars now!


We are in the process of visiting potential participants and making our selections. It's an exciting time! Stay tuned to Minnesota Cooks happenings via our Facebook page (Minnesota Cooks) where we'll be making announcements and posting photos from our trips around the state.



 KSTP - Local Farmers & Chefs at the Fair:

We're delighted that several media outlets stopped by Carousel Park the day of our event and gave Minnesota Cooks' participants some well-deserved attention. Check out what Naomi from KSTP had to say in her short video:


Farm Fresh Road Trip:

tpt Channel 2 went on a Farm Fresh Road Trip recently to visit two of this year's Minnesota Cooks participants: Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar in Duluth and Victus Farm in Silver Bay.

The Duluth Tribune came out to see what all the fuss was about and wrote a nice piece about their relationship. Check out what the Duluth Tribune had to say here about the possibilities for local lettuce in December:



Minnesota Cooks™ Partners with tpt Channel 2 Almanac

Minnesota Cooks™ is pleased to announce partnership with tpt Almanac show on Channel 2. To see the finished shows, celebrating Minnesota chefs, Minnesota farmers, and Minnesota locally grown foods, check out the Almanac archive.. Read More...

Happy Spring!


Happy Spring from Minnesota Cooks! After a long, brutally cold winter, farmers around the state are feverishly preparing for the approaching growing season. Chefs and cooks alike are not-so-patiently waiting for fresh local produce to show itself again. And here at Minnesota Cooks, our preparations for the 2014 program are unfolding fast and furiously.


Your emails and inquiries about our program and Minnesota Cooks participants have helped keep us alive and enthusiastic throughout the winter - thank you for your support.


Don't forget about the "local foods passport" located inside your Minnesota Cooks calendar. It's a helpful resource and guide to many of our state's farm-to-table establishments. Remember, when you eat at a Minnesota Cooks restaurant, you're not only supporting that restaurant, you're also supporting the Minnesota farmers who grow the food. It's a win-win for everybody!

Dick Trotter

2014 Award Winner

Chef/owner Dick Trotter of Trotter's Cafe in St. Paul is the 2014 Jon Radle Award Winner. This award recognizes Dick as a true pioneer and acknowledges his loyal commitment to furthering awareness about local foods and sustainable agriculture.


Congratulations to Dick Trotter!


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While Supplies Last!

We have been amazed at the number of requests we've received for the Minnesota Cooks calendar. Thank you for your support of local foods!