Connecting to Your Food

EatLocalFarmTour_2014_webAs you walk through the aisles of your co-op, picking up that fresh, crisp, leafy green lettuce from Gardens of Eagan or grabbing that glass milk bottle, cream top of course, from Cedar Summit Farms, do you ever wonder how that fresh produce or milk made it to the shelves of your co-op? What do bees, goats, and vegetables have in common anyway? Sure, their products are all for sale at your local Co-op, but why does that matter? These are all great questions that can be answered by attending the 2014 Eat Local Farm Tour.

Don’t stay in the dark about your food – get connected! By purchasing local products, you are supporting your local farmers by providing them a fair price for the food that they grow and produce for you.

The farmers, together with the Twin Cities Co-ops, would like to invite you to a day out on their farms. Join us on Saturday, July 19 as you explore the local foodshed, visit with your farmers, and learn how they grow or make your food. The Eat Local Farm Tour, now in its fourth year, continues to grow and educate communities on what good and real food is, while providing a place for you to really get in touch with what you are consuming.

You will find the the scenery on the farms in the countryside to be picturesque; rolling hills, lush green land, happy cows! Your urban farm tour could include some fun folks on bikes in bee costumes that will lead you to the sweet honey and bees that produce it for you! You get to decide how you best want to connect to your food. Consider packing a picnic lunch for your family and taking in the beauty of the countryside. The co-ops also welcome you to stop by for lunch or dinner. You don’t need to be a member to shop at the co-ops and you will find many of the foods that you saw in the fields, on our shelves. It’s that fresh!

Participating farms: Kohnert Organic Farms, East Henderson Farm, Cedar Summit, L and R Poultry & Produce, Simple Harvest Farm Organics, Shepherd’s Way Farm, Ferndale Farm, Humble Pie Farm, Bossy Acres, Singing Hills Goat Dairy, Gardens of Eagan, Women’s Environmental Institute, 10th Street Farm & Market, Big River Farm, Whistling Well Farm, Star Prairie Trout Farm, Growing Lots Urban Farm, Beez Kneez, and Stone’s Throw Urban Farm.

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The Twin Cities Food Co-ops thank you for your patronage to our stores, and we hope you will get out on the farms and learn where your food comes from.