August is Eat Local Month at the co-op! Join us as we show our appreciation for local food and local farmers. This time of year is especially exciting for local food fans as farmers work to harvest fresh crops at their peak and deliver them to the co-op for your enjoyment.

We define “local” as food and products grown, produced, or processed within a five-state area that includes Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. There are multiple ways to celebrate throughout the month, including taking part in our Eat Local Challenge and #EatLocalSTP social media giveaway for your chance to win local foods, and writing Thank a Farmer postcards to show your appreciation for some of our favorite local growers. A number of locally-grown, locally-raised, and locally-produced foods are also on sale throughout the month.

Eat Local Challenge – Sign up in-store and pledge how many times you plan to eat local food throughout the month. Upon entering, you’ll be eligible to win an assortment of delicious local foods! Setting your own goal for the challenge makes it enjoyable and achievable for everyone! A randomly chosen winner will be announced at the end of the month.

#EatLocalSTP – Share your local food photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with hashtag #EatLocalSTP for another chance to win an assortment of delicious local foods. Take pictures of local foods that you’ve grown, gleaned, harvested, purchased or cooked for your chance to win. A randomly chosen winner will be announced at the end of the month.

Thank a Farmer – Each week in August you’ll have the opportunity to write thank you cards to some of our favorite local farmers, including Featherstone FarmFerndale MarketWheatfield Hill Organics, and Marieke Gouda. Look for the Thank a Farmer tables at each of our stores when you shop. We’ll send the thank you cards to each farmer at the end of the month.