July Pick of the Month

Jul 14th, 2016

Blueberries and Raspberries
Blueberry and raspberry season is here and we can’t be more excited! Minnesota farmers are reporting terrifically tasty berries and expect to have a great season. Many southern and metro have opened for pre-picked and pick-your-own berries over the last few weeks and will be followed by northern producers shortly after in mid to late July.
Before you head out to your local berry farm, read this article for tips on picking, storing, and enjoying your freshly picked berries!

Hmong American Farmers Association
This month, we had the opportunity to visit the Hmong American Farmers Association’s (HAFA) Farm in Hastings and learn more about Hmong American farmers in Minnesota and their role in revitalizing our state’s local food movement. Learn about Hmong history in Minnesota and how a group of Hmong farmers formed HAFA as a way to support each other and overcome the unique obstacles they face as immigrant farmers. This article includes a local take on a traditional Hmong recipe and beautiful photos taken by Mike Hazard.

July’s Healthy Harvests
Prepare for the next trip to your local farmers market, co-op, or grocer with our guide to some of the fresh produce you’ll find this July. We’ve also included tasty cooking tips and some fantastic recipes from around the state that make great use of our local produce!

Read the July Pick of the Month here!

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