Minnesota Grown February Pick of the Month Newsletter
Mar 13th, 2017
Buy Local Meat for the Home Freezer
Tired of getting home after a long day and not knowing what to make for dinner? Having a freezer full of locally grown meat can help solve your dilemma! We explored the option of buying meat from local producers. We can help first-time buyers in our three-part series to buy local meat. Read part one here and learn what questions you should ask. After you are comfortable about what to say, read part two and learn about the different cuts available.
Cooking Tips for the Heart
February is American Heart Month. It’s important to eat heart-healthy and increasing your servings of local fruits and vegetables is a great place to start! We talked with a few of our members to get cooking tips. Read them here.
Keep Warm with Locally Raised Fibers
There are many reasons why an article of clothing made from natural fibers may be the right choice to add to your wardrobe. Natural fibers like wool, alpaca and mohair products retain warmth, wick away moisture and are fire resistant. Read about more here and learn more about raising alpacas in our interview with member Hollyhock Creations here.
Minnesota Wild Rice
Minnesota is one of the world’s largest producers of cultivated wild rice. We produce 5-10 million pounds annually! There are lots of ways to incorporate wild rice into your appetizers, breads, soups, entrees and more. Check out this tasty recipe for Wild Rice Teriyaki Steak Salad. You can use Minnesota Grown steak too! To learn more about wild rice from the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council, click here.
Get the Most from your CSA
Get the most from your CSA! Participating in a CSA is a great adventure. You get the chance to eat fresh produce that’s sourced locally and supports your local economy! You also get to take home some of the more uncommon vegetables like celeriac that you may have never tried before. Unlike grocery stores where you have access to the same produce year-round, the food in your CSA share is season-dependent, meaning you probably won’t get tomatoes in June or asparagus in August. You’ll begin to learn when foods are in season and receive a variety of produce that changes weekly!