Getting to Know our Neighbors: Part I

15 Mar

Ever notice how once you set your mind to something, you see opportunity all around?   We decided to look around and see what other like-minded local farmer/foodies live in this part of Southwest Minnesota.  Look what we found…

Just south of us in Mt. Lake, Minnesota  is a kind and conscious family who is growing food for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) customers.  We went to have a chat on a cold winter Monday and learned about the many good things Jubliee Fruits and Vegetables is up to in our neck of the prairie. This wagon shows what their customers can expect during the summer.A photo of the CSA harvest

A photo of Camelina oilJust west of us and south of the town of Lamberton, we met Kathleen and her one year old daughter Amana.  Their family farm grows camelina, the seeds of which are harvested and turned into a tasty oil, rich in omega-3’s, that can be used for cooking and baking.  They even use camelina oil as a wood finish on their handmade wooden toys. Visit their toyshop.A photo of the toys

Kathleen introduced us to her sister who grows wheat south of Mankato in Good Thunder, MN; the whole wheat is used at River Rock Coffee in St. Peter. We  made a tasty granola treat using camelina oil and whole wheat flour from Good Earth Mill and Grains.

We look forward to getting to know our neighbors and meeting new neighbors in Southwest MN!

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3 Responses to “Getting to Know our Neighbors: Part I”

  1. Kathleen March 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Isn’t southern Minnesota wonderful?! I’m excited that more and more organic and eco-conscious growers and businesses are popping up. Just when you think you know a place well, you meet yet someone else who’s doing cool things! Thanks for the shout outs for our camelina oil and toys :)

    • realocalcooking March 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Yes! We can’t wait to see what other good things crop up…pun intended. ;)

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