Supporting Local: One Step Further

Are you as impressed with the local food movement as I am?

Becoming an entrepreneur has offered a different perspective, but since I moved to Minnesota in 2007, here’s what I’ve seen:

  • The cry for local food has moved this specialty category beyond the co-ops into grocers en masse,
  • Farmer’s markets are so plentiful that it’s hard to visit them all in one season. More winter markets pop up every year.
  • Social media and online platforms allow growers, makers, and restaurants to connect with their customers more effectively.

Customers, it seems, have tasted the difference and crave the fruits of our economic labors here in the Upper Midwest.

As it happens, it was a different local phenomena that drew me to Minnesota for the first time in May of 2006. I caught a ride with my aunt, potter Mary Barringer, from Chicago to be her helper at Robert ‘Bob’ Briscoe’s site on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. Over the years, I’ve learned loads about vegetarian cooking from working in the kitchen and amassed quite a few beautiful thrown and hand-built pieces.

I am enamored with using mugs, plates, bowls, and platters built by my Pottery Tour friends. Functional art, such as pottery, brings a liveliness to the dining experience. It also completes another part of the circle that a holistic local food movement should encompass.

If you are a business owner who wants to educate your clients about bone broth, contact to book a Taking Stock tasting with the mug collection on loan from Matthew Krousey. This collection includes his work as well as that of other potters featured on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour.

To visit this unique festival, plan ahead to take time off over Mother’s Day Weekend. The experience will enrich your love of all things Minnesota, and you might even meet some exciting out of towners!

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