local sourcing Year-round
Minnesota is our home and inspiration. We created a local-focused restaurant that celebrates our vibrant region.
We started with a basic assumption: (almost) everything we need is right here.
We are proud to support local and sustainable farmers and producers. The dollars for about 50% of our food purchases go to local producers, and we use local vendors whenever possible. Check out our interactive map to learn more about our awesome growers and producers! Be sure to visit their websites to learn more about their farming or production practices.
Ames Farm, Co-op Partners, Donnay Dairy, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Faribault Dairy Company, Featherstone Farm, Ferndale Market, Fischer Family Farms, Frontier Natural Products Co-op, Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA), Hoch Orchard and Gardens, Hope Creamery, Hot Disch Farm, Kalona Creamery, Larry Schultz Organic Farm, Native Harvest, Organic Valley Family of Farmers, Red Table Meat Company, Riverbend Farm, Shared Ground Farmers Co-op, Tempeh Tantrum, Thousand Hills Cattle Co, Twin Organics, Whole Grain Milling Company, Wood's Maple Syrup, and more!
Able Seedhouse + Brewery, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Bent Paddle Brewing Company, Blacklist Artisan Ales, Boom Island Brewing Company, Castle Danger Brewery, Castle Rock Dairy, Du Nord Craft Spirits, Fair State Brewing Company, Feral Beverage Co., Fulton Brewery, Indeed Brewing Company, Lift Bridge Brewing Company, Modist Brewing Company, Norseman Distillery, Peace Coffee, Prairie Organic Spirits, Rishi Tea, Skaalvenn Distillery, Sociable Cider Werks, Surly Brewing Company, and more!
We track all of our purchases to show our customers and community where our food comes from. Here is our most recent by-the-numbers look.
The numbers guide
Local = Food grown/raised within 250 miles of our cafe. (Much of the local produce we buy is also organic. Almost all of the dairy products and flour we use is local, and we never serve meat that isn’t local and either grass-fed or free-range. We include produce from our garden in this category.)
Organic = Certified Organic, not local. (We include wines that are not certified organic, but are made with organically grown grapes).
Fair-Trade = Certified Fair Trade. Almost all of the fair-trade products we buy are also certified organic.
Sustainable Seafood = Ranked "good" or "best" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program or certified organic.
[Photo Credits top to bottom: 2017 Featherstone Farm farm crew, 2017 Common Roots Garden lettuce crop. Page banner: Riverbend Farm].