April Pick of the Month Newsletter

Apr 21st, 2017

Minnesota Grown directories have arrived

Minnesota Grown directories are here! With more than 1,000 farms, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and farmers’ markets, this is the largest-ever Minnesota Grown directory. Visit the Minnesota Grown website to order your free copy today.

Celebrating conservation with Mighty Axe Hops

With National Beer Month and Earth Day both falling in April, we thought it was the perfect time to check in with Eric Sannerud of  Mighty Axe Hops. Sannerud is one of seven Minnesota Grown members producing local hops. He’s also a Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) certified farmer. Click here for more information about Sannerud’s involvement with MAWQCP. To read the in-depth interview with Eric Sannerud, check out the March Pick of the Month Member Spotlight. Find a hops grower near you by searching “Hops for Brewing” in your Minnesota Grown directory.

Sign up for a CSA today

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms offer a great way to connect with a local farmer. Sign up for a CSA share and have fresh, locally-grown produce available throughout the growing season. Lots of CSA farms are gearing up for summer and may have limited shares available. Find a CSA near you in the 2017 Minnesota Grown directory.

An Interview with Aaron Brand

Brand Farms started out as a dairy farm, but has expanded to include nearly 2,500 laying hens and a 12-acre apple orchard. Last year, Brand Farms washed, packaged, and sold nearly 13,000 dozen eggs at farmers markets south of the Twin Cities. They also sell wholesale to HyVee. We visited owner and operator Aaron Brand to learn more about his family’s operation. You can read Aaron’s full interview here.