Exploring Your Roots + Maple Mustard Glaze Recipe

Photo Credit: Mette Nielsen When it comes to fall vegetables, I root for those parsnips, kohlrabi, rutabagas, and celery root. Unlike the delicate garden vegetables of summer–sweet peas, vine ripe tomatoes, tender lettuces–kale or cabbage don’t need to be enjoyed right away. Fall is a relaxed season for any cook; nature’s way of acknowledging that … Continued

Local Cheese and Apple Pairings

In-season apples and cheeses are a juicy-but-savory flavor match, made even better by being locally grown or crafted. Welcome fall with the tastes of mouth-puckering crispness paired with sharp cheesy bites by following our flavor pairings, or let your combinations roam freely.   Zestar!® – Whistling Well Farm* Pair with: Chevriotte by Montchevre Taste Profile: Crisp, … Continued

Local Tomato Types (Always Grown With Best Practices)

We have heritage tomato varieties rolling into stores over the next few weeks! Our local tomato farmers incorporate best farming practices into every plant they grow and use the most natural methods to achieve the best local, organic and delicious results. The first step to great tomatoes is healthy soil with lots of organic matter and … Continued

10 Must Do Ideas With the First of the Season’s Tomatoes

The sweetest tomatoes of the season are here! We have ten quick must-have ways to eat them (aside from our favorite Rustic Tomato Tart recipe and these ideas to enjoy slow roasted tomatoes) to keep your days (and dreams) filled with local tomatoes. Stock up now while supplies last and eat your way through this glorious summer … Continued

5 Ideas for In-Season Corn

Photo Credit: Mette Nielsen Finally! It’s corn season–the golden taste of summer itself. Nothing beats the delicious messiness of corn on the cob, except of course, the ease and elegance of delicate corn soup and zesty corn salsa. This time of year, I figure corn into just about every meal from weekend brunch to snacks … Continued

Le Pique-Nique Local: Celebrate the art of the French Picnic

Celebrate the art of the French picnic this summer by supporting local. There are so many Old-World inspired products now being made right here by Minnesota makers and artisans. Pack up a beautiful local feast and head to the park. Allons-y! MENU IDEAS Minnesota Cheese  Shepherd’s Way Caves of Faribault RedHead Creamery Alemar Cheese Company … Continued

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Veggies to Grab While They’re Local

We asked some Lakewinds moms and dads about favorite veggies that kids will actually eat. Watch for these veggies to appear in stores as they come into season. We love teaching kids about local produce, why it isn’t always available, the farmers who grow safe food for us, and how eating veggies can be fun!   … Continued

Vegetables Vinaigrette: Mix and Match Methods and Garnishes

Take a second look at vegetable dishes this summer. Leeks vinaigrette is a classic French dish that calls for braising leeks and marinating them briefly in a mustardy dressing. Consider this method for other types of local produce and you suddenly have a framework for reinvigorating so many vegetables. The combinations are endless. (We also include … Continued