Keepsakes of a Season: The homegrown ciders of Nate Watters and Tracy Jonkman

See? Not every apple is created equal,” Nate Watters says before launching into a story about the “spitter” apples he just had me try. I quickly grasp his point—their flavor is horrible for eating, and I promptly and predictably eject from my mouth the small bite I’d taken, just as Nate knew I would. “The … [ Read more]

Plants: It’s What’s For Dinner

A new crop of vegans and vegetarian food purveyors are progressing a scene started by pioneering restaurants For many local carnivores, the thought of even entering a vegan or vegetarian restaurant is frightening. Why would they want to spend their money on quinoa when there are so many great meats out there? While there truly … [ Read more]

The Food that Grows on Water: Harvesters and state agencies seek to protect Minnesota’s wild rice legacy

It’s late summer in Cass Lake, Minnesota, a logging and resort town on the western edge of the vast northwoods that stretches east to Thunder Bay, Ontario. For a few minutes before nightfall, the sky above town is streaked with the last glowing blush of the setting sun, and two loons call to each other … [ Read more]

Think small, harvest big: Make the most of wee spaces for your gardening efforts

For five long summers, I gazed at my postage stamp-sized backyard in South Minneapolis and imagined what I could do with a grander, sweeping space. If I only had a farm, I mused, I could grow my own food and become that person who leaves zucchini and tomatoes on doorsteps around the community. But with … [ Read more]

Seed Swap: Promoting variety and restoring tradition one harvest at a time

I have this friend who has a half-baked dream of quitting her job to live on a farm and make her living working with her hands instead of shooting off e-mails from a standing desk. She’d keep chickens, plant squash and a blueberry bush, make jams and pies and other handmade things. I never joined … [ Read more]

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A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20