The Minnesota Grown Program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota producers of specialty crops and livestock. It was created nearly 30 years ago by specialty crop growers to differentiate their produce from produce grown thousands of miles away.

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Karen Lanthier

Karen has a long-standing love of food and agriculture and grew up on a family farm in Iowa. Previous to working with Minnesota Grown, Karen worked on food systems projects within U of M Extension. In her free time, Karen enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, and cooking.

As Member Services Coordinator, Karen is responsible for managing updates to the Minnesota Grown Directory and Wholesale Directory, connecting to and recruiting new Minnesota Grown members, and sharing information about Minnesota Grown at public events and trade shows.

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Hannah Whipple

Hannah's long-standing passion for food can be traced to childhood memories of perusing farmers markets and preparing family meals with her mom. Hannah believes that food can be a catalyst for creating community. She loves cultivating relationships with members and customers through food produced in Minnesota.

Originally from Oregon, Hannah now attends Macalester College in St. Paul where she studies economics with a concentration in food and agriculture. She is also pursuing a minor in Spanish.

As the student worker for Minnesota Grown, Hannah helps Karen provide marketing resources to members and promote locally grown products in Minnesota.


Minnesota Grown creates the annual Minnesota Grown Directory, which connects Minnesotans directly to farmers, farmers markets, and other producers. It also includes fun facts and family-friendly activity suggestions. Search through the Directory to find farmers markets, CSA farms, garden centers, wineries, fruit & vegetable growers, pick-your-own farms, livestock producers, meat processors, Christmas tree growers, and producers gourmet products like honey, wild rice, and cheese.

The Directory is available in print and also online. The Directory is available statewide through travel information centers, libraries, chambers-of-commerce, Explore Minnesota Tourism, member producers’ farms, and at special events like the Minnesota State Fair. You may also order directories directly from us and they are shipped to you for FREE! Click the link in our website footer to order your own copy of the Minnesota Grown Directory today.

The Minnesota Grown Program works hard to provide members with marketing tools and resources. For more information about member-services, visit our Members & Retailers page in the footer below to be directed to more information.