Local Food

"Are you a tugger or a cutter?" According to Star Tribune feature writer Kim Ode, these are the two methods  people use to harvest rhubarb. Ode is a tugger, as was her mother. And even though the spring has been unusually cool, the rhubarb is thriving!

One sure sign of spring is the opening of farmers' markets around northern Minnesota. The Grand Rapids Farmers' Market opened on May 10th for its 31st season. It is one of the earliest markets to open in the area, and 12 member/vendors were present. The morning was sunny and cool, but temperatures were supposed to hit 60 degrees--great weather for a market that sometimes sees snow in May!

Joel Rosen

Joel Rosen lives at Park Lake Farm in Mahtowa MN, in Carlton County. When we talked to him (on April 26th) freezing drizzle had put down a quarter inch of ice at the farm. "Whether weather like this is a setback to planting depends on your soil," Joel observed. "Light soil dries faster than heavy soil."

David Abazs

Adopting a 100% local diet would have a huge economic impact--almost $1 billion--in the western Lake Superior region. It would also add thousands of jobs. That's the message of David Abazs, researcher, farmer and keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Iron Range Earth Fest.

Tracey Srock

The snow is melting! All of this exposed ground inspires visions of gardens in the minds of many northern Minnesotans.   Tracey Srock of Deerwood is a master gardener who doesn't let the season of winter interfere with her garden crop production.   She's been growing lettuce all winter, indoors!

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