Local Food

Farmers markets are a great way to begin buying locally and even visiting one farm to learn more about the food. It strengthens locally based self reliant food economies –to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place.  It also tastes better and often has no chemicals.

Local food advantages include: exceptional taste and freshness, a stronger local economy, support for family farms, healthier families, and protection of the environment.

RESOURCES AND LOCAL FOOD LISTING:

http://www.healthyeatingmn.org/group/northwest-mn-food-initiatives
Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships 
foodroutes.org
Minnesota Public Radio- Local Food Challenge

 

Bemidji Area Farmers Market  218-333-3648 or 218-694-2934

200 Paul Bunyan dr. South (Pamida/Subway lot)

June to September, Sunday 11-4,  Tuesday 10-5,  Thursday 12-6,  Saturday 8:30-3

Lakes Area Farmers Market , in Detroit Lakes  

Saturdays  10-2pm, May – October at Peoples Park

Park Rapids Farmers Market

Items for sale include perennials, artesian breads, fresh locally grown produce, and grass fed beef, baked goods and flowers. The Park Rapids Farmers Market opens May 26th and runs every Saturday through October. 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Main Street in Park Rapids, 2nd Street block.

White Earth Farmers Market in Mahnomen

Downtown Mahnomen  (June- October). The White Earth Community Farmers’ Market is a non-profit community-based market. We appreciate the support of local vendors and community members to help organize and guide the market. There is a one-time per season fee of $25 per vendor stall of 12 X 12. For more info on guidelines and general questions call Kim Turner at 218-983-3286  Ext 1359

COOPS AND NATURAL FOOD STORES

Harmony Food Coop 218-751-2009

302 Irvine Ave NW, Bemidji, MN

Harmony is a cooperative business that offers the freshest and finest quality food available. We believe that the purity, wholeness, nutrition and flavor of food contribute to the quality of life. Whenever possible, we offer food produced by the organic method (food grown without synthetic chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides).

Meadow Farm Foods 218-739-4585/800-450-4585

Third Street Market 218-732-9063

120 3rd St W Park Rapids, MN 56470

Organic and conventional foods available.

Tochi Products & Specialty 701- 232-7700

1111 2nd Ave N, Fargo, ND -tochiproducts.com

Natural & Organic Foods. Specialties include; health food products & vitamins, ethnic & specialty foods, bulk foods & herbs and books.

FARMS

 

Dark Horse Farm 218-268-4636

Erik Mallea, Trail, MN erikmallea@hotmail.com

Sign up to be a member of the Dark Horse CSA. We deliver to Bemidji weekly, and begin deliveries in mid-June. Also taking orders for butcher hogs, garden produce, lamb/mutton meats, organic products, pork. CSA Producer Dark Horse Farm, north of Trail Minnesota, focuses on a large certified-organic market garden where the work is done primarily with horses and hands.

Forest Glen Farm

Forest Glen, Dallas Flynn, 218-841-6380

We have a Certified Naturally Grown Farm. We have a high tunnel house which allows us to bring produce to the market place 4 to 6 weeks before most venders. We sell at the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market from mid May thru October.  Some of the vegetables we grow are beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, green beans, green onions, hot peppers, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, peas, radishes, rutabagas, salad greens salad mix, spinach, sweet peppers, swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips. Fruits: rhubarb

Franks Garden

Gigi Newman (giginewman@yahoo.com)

17014 North Leif Lake Rd, Lake Park, MN

We grow produce along with raspberries, strawberries, and muskmelon. We also sell at the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market.

Lakeview Greenhouses 218-847-8163

Don and Pam Skarie (owners), lakeviewg@msn.com

Our farm raises pesticide-free hydroponic tomatoes. We also produce salsa with our tomatoes that are made from all fresh ingredients with no preservatives added. Our products are under the name Lakeview Greenhouses. Our Salsa is called “Pam’s Salsa”. They are sold in Detroit Lakes, Fargo-Moorhead and Park Rapids

Northern Light Farm 218-467-3584,

Paul Conklin, www.paulbunyan.net/users/martonk

Northern Light Farm is a diversified, organic farm selling vegetables through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, eggs, stew chickens, grass fed highland beef, honey and bee pollen. All our products are naturally grown, and grass fed/pastured

 Lida farm

Ryan and Maree Pesch, 218-342-2619, www.lidafarm.com

Naturally grown Vegetables. We grow produce for the Lakes Area Farmers Market in Detroit Lakes. Currently we have a bit over 1 acre in production, growing as much variety as possible in Minnesota. We also offer CSA shares which we deliver to your home or place of work From Pelican Rapids to Detroit Lakes.  Call to sign up for CSA  share for 16 weeks.

Prairie Gardens 218-573-3873 prairiegrdns@yahoo.com

Prairie Gardens is a small family run organic vegetable garden. We grow our produce the natural way, with Heirloom & Organic seeds and practices resulting in highest nutritional quality available locally. Fresh, safe and clean food for a healthy body and better environment. Real authentic foods established 1985.

 MEAT & FISH: EGGS, Chicken, Lamb, Goat, Beef and Bison

Dilly Dallying Pastured Poultry (Ottertail, MN) 218-639-3079 Idilly@hotmail.com Pastured Chickens and Turkeys

Eagle View Organic 218-983-3749

Located on the White Earth Indian Reservation, we raise angus cattle and  poultry as well as corn, soybeans, alfalfa, barley, and oats. We also sell certified organic wheat flour as well as apples, beef, chicken, Edamame soybeans, eggs, field corn, flour, grains, hay/straw herbs, oats, onions, potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, turkey, organic wheat.

Northstar Beef Farm 218-935-2659 Steve & Gina Worms

Based in Mahnomen, MN, we deliver all North Star Premium Beef cattle ourselves to a family owned USDA inspected locker plant in Ulen, MN, our goal is simple: we want to offer you safe, delicious, healthy and high quality beef that you and your family can enjoy.

Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch 218-694-2290 /Fax  218-694-2890

Duane and Mary Hayes www.bisonisbetter.com

Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch has been raising bison since 1981. We now package a variety of products available to distributors, restaurants and individuals. We practice pasture rotation so our animals are kept on fresh grasses for better health. We sell at the Farmers Market in Bemidji, MN. All meat can be purchased by the cut and ordered online, by mail, or phone.

Evelyn and Otto Crandall Farm 218-935-2471

Sheep, wool, Dairy Farm, chickens at times, beef, call first.

Glacier Ridge Bison/Greenhouse 218-863-5345

Dean & Mary Nelson, Erhard, MN, memlane@prtel.com

Located on Hwy 59, two miles north of Erhard. Bison – America’s original health food! We offer homegrown USDA inspected lean, heart healthy boneless meat. Also on-site greenhouse and garden center offering retail bedding plants, perennials, hanging baskets, trees, and shrubs. Large selection plus lots of garden iron decor, statuary, and garden gifts.

Beau Pre Farm 218-253-2270

Sherry O’Donnell, RR2 Box 253 Red Lake Falls, MN 56750

We raise natural colored and white heritage sheep in Northwest Minnesota, using no growth hormones or unnecessary antibiotics or castrations. I sell fleeces, breeding stock, and fresh or frozen lamb to local stores. Farm tours and mail-orders welcome.

Fultz Family Farms Goat Meat 218-694-2864

Daniel or Mark Fultz, 31917 State 92 Bagley, MN

We are a free-range grass-fed animal operation. We grow our own hay and oat crop. All of our animals are fed organic grass and grain from our own farm. The goats are grazed alternately with our horses in a managed intensive grazing system. The goats eat the weeds and the chickens keep the pests under control. All our meat is available live or frozen. Please call for pricing and availability. Farm visits by appointment welcome.

Kozka Farm Enterprises 218-759-9560

Pat Zbikowski (owner), 3397 Kozka Ct. NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Kozka Farm Enterprises is a small, family-run farm producing antibiotic and feed additive-free chickens, eggs, lamb, goat and veal as well as a wide variety of garden and native crops, jams, jellies, pickles and preserves. We can be found at the North Country Farmers Market in Bemidji, MN during the market season.

Red Lake Nation Foods 218-679-2611/888-225-2108

P.O. Box 547 Hwy #1 North, Red Lake, MN

Red lake Nations Food offers excellent fish, wild rice, jams, jellies, pancake mix, fish batters, and more!

Rod’s Specialty Meat Market 218-751-9774

1718 Paul Bunyan Drive NW Bemidji, MN One block west of mall.

Retail meats include beef, chicken, lamb and pork. Specializing in sausage and wild game processing. Open Mon – Sat, 8am – 6pm.

Sand Hill River Bison 218-945-6015

Verdell & Faye Olson,Fertile, MN

FaVer’s Catering is a division of Sand Hill River Bison, independently owned and operated by Faye and Verdell Olson. They offer bison with all their catering and meat is available to take home. They also have monthly specials. The Olsen’s try to keep the animals as natural as possible. Our bison are not submitted to questionable drugs, chemicals or hormones, and the cows do their calving duties alone. Our meat is sold in custom cuts or variety packs. Please visit our website for details.

See The Farm  218-233-8066

Lee and Noreen Thomas, 12506 20th St N, Moorhead, MN 56560

www.seethefarm.com

Certified organic wheat, soybeans, flax, hay (great for pets!) and popcorn available. Fresh from the farm! All natural pork, (soon to be certified organic) and chickens.

Serbus Back Acres Ranch 218-563-3276

Jerry or Pam Serbus, McIntosh, MN

jpserbus@gvtel.com

Serbus Back Acres Ranch has naturally raised, grass fed, Scottish Highland Beef  which are all USDA Inspected. All of our cattle are raised without hormones and antibiotics. Farm tours welcome!

Spaeth Hereford Ranch 218-473-2671

Dale and Donna Spaeth , Waubun, MN

spaethhereford@arvig.net

Hereford, Hereford/Red Angus Beef, Homemade jams and jellies, gift baskets, and eggs.

The Secret Garden/Midheaven Farm 218-732-4866

Anne and Duane Morgan, Park Rapids, MN

The Secret Garden makes all natural, vegetarian Soup and Entrée Mixes, such as Cream of Wild Rice Soup and Almond/Apricot Wild Rice Hotdish/Stuffing. We make five certified organic Bread Machine Mixes (6-Grain, Whole Wheat, Rye, Triticale, and White). Two Biodynamic Teas are made from prairie flowers hand gathered from our farm. Our specialty Jam/Jelly is Wild Chokecherry Jelly.. Credit cards and phone orders are welcome. The on-farm, family business was started in 1985 to create shelf stable products from the farm’s produce using Anne’s favorite recipes Soap, Bread, seasoning mixes, Herbs Bees, Beef, Eggs, Poultry and Tours of Farm by appointment.

Trees & A Breeze Buffalo Ranch 218-473-2328 or 218-261-0602

Bob Spaeth,  Waubun, MN

Buffalo Producer selling all year round. 1/4 sides and 1/2 sides as well as many different cuts and styles. Call for more information.

Whimsey Farm  218-573-3410

John or Pat Randall, Osage, MN

We are a family run farm who raise unique and high quality varieties of vegetables and have a grown goat herd. As the goat herd grows, we hope to offer more goat products but currently we are offering goat meat and goat soap (made from goat milk). The produce we offer include: tomatoes, melons, and unique varieties of squash, as well as, many unique varieties of jams, jellies & sauces (including hot tomatillo and others).

DAIRY FARMS

Blackstar Dairy 218-467-3382

Rod and Sue Cloose,  Solway, MN

https://localfoods.umn.edu/blackstardairy

Dairy products and milk are offered at Blackstar Dairy and the cream really does rise to the top. Rod and Sue Cloose and their cows make milk and yogurt the natural way with no bovine growth hormones. They create yogurt with active cultures, and non-homogenized milk is delivered fresh every week. Customers shake the bottle to mix the cream back into the milk

BAKERIES and PASTIES

Breadsmith 701-478-8000

Contact: Rob Roberts (owner)

Natural, preservative free bread, cookies, coffee cakes and more, made with ND & MN milled flour. Flour is NOT ENRICHED, it is unbleached & unbromated. Leftover products are always donated. Can be found at the Detroit Lakes farmers Market.

Falls Baking Company 218-739-0888

1217 North Union Avenue, Fergus Falls

Mon-Friday 8am-5:30pm

Turtle River Pasties 218-586-4004

12486 71 Connection, Bemidji, MN

Serving wonderful folded meat and vegetable pies that can be served fresh or to go in a frozen version.

BERRY FARMS 

Buddies Berries 218-483-3104

Dave Norman, Hawley, MN

U Pick Raspberries, also available pre-picked at farmers market in Detroit Lakes. Strawberries are also available in season. Baked Pies include (in season), Apple, Raspberry, and Cherry. We also offer some vegetables and other products such as potatoes, green beans, pumpkins, jams and Jellies and Dill Pickles. Can be found at the Lakes Farmers Market.

Carters Red Wagon Farms & Nursery 218-732-4979

Russell Carter and Family, 16338 County 107, Park Rapids, MN 56470, Open 7am-5pm (Mon-Fri in summer, Mon-Thur. in winter).

Nursery stock Farm Produce Market location: Hwy 34 east Park Rapids. Farm location: from junction of Hwy 71 & 34, in Park Rapids go 4 miles East. We grow most of our own produce. Strawberries – (U-pick or ready picked). Blueberries – (U-pick). Huge ox team transports to field and adds a real farm experience. Our farm market specializes in sweet corn, tomatoes, melons, asparagus, and green beans as well as every other kind of vegetable, fruit and farm produce grown in this area. We also have annuals and perennial bedding plants.

Garden Hills Farm 218-945-3765 or 320-582-3070

Gary and Wendy Kircher, Fertile, MN

gardenhills@hotmail.com

All of our produce is grown naturally, without chemicals. We welcome families and children to enjoy a day in the berry patch of raspberries and strawberries. We also grow potatoes, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn and tomatoes.

Ma & Pa’s Roadside Market 218-983-3368

Larry & Sheryl Hoban, 35291 Us Highway 59, Ogema, MN

We sell strawberries and raspberries and most any vegetable you can name. We pick the berries for the customer and operate mainly by pre-orders. Call for more information. Carrots cucumbers fruits garden produce pumpkins squash sweet corn tomatoes. We also sell at the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market.

Ter-Lee Gardens 218- 694-2934 or (800) 251-1689

20027 320th Street Bagley, MN 56621

U-pick and pre-picked strawberries very late June – mid July. Fresh asparagus mid May to late June. We are located 3 miles south of Bagley. Take State Hwy 92 south of Bagley 3 miles to Hwy 13, go east three quarters of a mile, or 18 miles north of Itasca State Park on Hwy 92 to Hwy 13, then east three quarters of a mile.

Uncle TL’s Berry Ranch 218-751-0830

tomw@paulbunyan.net

Open 9-3 during picking seasons, no picking during rain. Blueberries U-pick or will pick for you. Raspberries are sold picked.

HONEY AND SYRUP

Gillespie Apiary & Grains 218-439-6552

RAW Naturally Creamed and unprocessed honey.

Johnson’s Bee Farm 218-375-3623

14 Manitoba St Callaway, MN 56521

Raw Honey; Bees wax for making your own salves, and creams. They also have Bees Wax Candles.

Jake’s Syrups & Natural Products LLC 218 863-2508

Jerry Jacobson or D.Mae Ceryes, Vergas, MN

djacres@loretel.net Products & Services: fruit syrups, maple syrup jams, and jellies. Mail order and catalogs are available. Fruits grown for syrups and preserves include buffalo berries, rhubarb, Nanking cherries, wild plums, apples, raspberries, gooseberries, strawberries, black wine berries, high bush cranberries, chokecherries, red currants, and sand cherries. Call for a tour.

Swedberg Honey Cell 218-849-7890 or 218-983-3207

Kenny Swedberg, Pure raw local honey.

BUTCHERS

Hoffmans Meat Market 218-847-7207

Detroit Lakes MN, Meats from local and area producers but also gets products from commercial entities.

Ketter’s Meat Market and Locker 218-334-2351

118 W. Main Ave, Frazee, MN

Lakes Processing  218-847-5403

Brad & Sara Bachman, Highway 59 Detroit Lakes, MN. All meats. Brad buys from local farmers who do not use hormones or antibiotics.

APPLE  FARMS

Lake Ida Apple Farm 218-532-3025

Rick Julian, 1 mile west of crossroads county hwy 4 &5 Detroit Lakes, MN

Open mid August to end of October, 7 days a week from 9-7. Asparagus as well as many different vegetables for sale. We also sell at the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market.

Maple Hills Orchard 218-844-5445

www.maplehillsorchard.com

We’re a family-owned orchard, located in Lakes Country. We feature Minnesota’s favorite apples, offer U-pick or pre-picked pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, fall raspberries, and honey. Visit the Apple House Store for fair-trade specialty coffees, teas, cider, and other gift items. Picnic tables, self-guided tours, and presentations are available. Bring your camera! Located 3 miles east of Detroit Lakes or 4 miles west of Frazee on US Hwy 10, turn west on 130th St., drive 1 mile.

GRAINS

Natural Way Mills218-222-3677

From the field, to the mill, to the store, to the table Natural Way Mills produces top quality wholesome products in their healthiest, most natural form. Not only are the products pure and delicious, but the exclusive dry milling system gives longer shelf life-without preservatives! Grains grown for Natural Way Mills are both natural and high in quality. Growers must meet rigid standards crops must be three years away from the use of chemicals on grain and soil. Growers are certified by O.C.I.A., (Organic Crop Improvement Association), a well known and accepted international organization.

 WOOL

Winterwind Farm 218-862-5875

Sandy Danielson, Battle Lake, MN, 56515

http://www.winterwindfarm.com

Winterwind Farm is located in Otter Tail County, beautiful Lake Country of West Central MN. Using earth friendly practices we raise registered CVM/Romeldale sheep (listed as critical with the ALBC) and Colored Angora goats. These animals live on lush green pastures spring, and summer and fall and have access to a warm clean barn during the winter months. They produce glorious fine wool and mohair fleeces in a rainbow of natural colors that are a delight to spin. Fleeces, roving’s, batts, yarn, custom orders possible.

Evelyn and Otto Crandall Farm 218-935-2471

Sheep, wool, Dairy Farm, chickens at times, beef, call first.

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Adapted from Anishinaaabecalender.org compiled by Becky Christensen. 

Special thanks to Leslie Fain and Stephanie Williams

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