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 took place on Sunday, August 25 at the Minnesota State Fair. We'll be back at the fair again next year, but until then keep your copy of the 2014 Minnesota Cooks calendar close so you can enjoy farm-fresh recipes and stories year-round. We're proud to report that our calendar was voted the best giveaway at the State Fair in both 2012 and in 2013 by Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune.
In case you're waiting for your calendar to arrive, here's a recap of our 2013 event participants (also featured in the 2014 calendar):
Farmers and Restaurants:
Tom & Karen Bunkowski with Spanky's Stone Hearth
Sunshine Harvest Farm with Big River Pizza
Victus Farm with Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar
The Beez Kneez Honey with The Lynn on Bryant
Bossy Acres with Anodyne Coffeehouse
Northwoods Organic Produce with Trotter's Cafe
Stone's Throw Urban Farm with Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
Two Pony Gardens with Corner Table
Greenleaf Gardens with Rainbow Cafe and Catering
Acorn Ridge Farm with Harvest Thyme Bistro
StoneBridge Beef with Heidi's (Note; Chef/Owner Stewart Woodman participated in our event at the Fair and will be highlighted in the 2015 calendar. Minnesota Cooks extends a big thank you to Stewart for participating in our program with very little advance notice!)
Singing Hills Goat Dairy with The Gray House
We also enjoyed a "Mocktails Happy Hour" at the end of the day from the guys at Easy & Oskey. Check out their recipe at the front of the calendar!
Thank you everyone!
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™ 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...
Thank you to everyone who braved the heat and came out to celebrate farm-fresh foods with us at the Minnesota State Fair on August 25th!
Aside from the crazy temps, it was simply a perfect day. Thank you for your continued support of both the farmers and chefs that make farm-to-table so noteworthy and delicious in Minnesota.
Do you have a copy of the 2014 calendar? If not, visit one of this year's participating restaurants! It won't be long before they all have copies to give away, then use the enclosed "local foods passport" to track which restaurants you've visited. Remember, when you eat at a Minnesota Cooks restaurant, you're not only supporting that restaurant, you're also supporting the farmers who grow the food. It's a win-win for everybody!
Chef/owner Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis and Brasa Premium Rotisserie in Minneapolis and St. Paul is the 2013 Jon Radle Award Winner, recognizing a true pioneer and a loyal commitment to furthering awareness about local foods and sustainable agriculture.
Click here to request your FREE Minnesota Cooks calendar!
While Supplies Last!
(Please be patient with us. We are thrilled with the number of requests we've had so far -- from all sorts of places across the U.S.! We expect more calendars soon and will fill your requests asap.)