Farmer to Farmer
Glenwood City, WI
Farmer to Farmer (FTF) is a primarily volunteer-run nonprofit that supports international peace, mutually-beneficial friendships, and cross-cultural understanding among rural farmers. They are a Wisconsin-based organization that successfully operates a fair-trade coffee business, mainly collaborating with Guatemalan and Honduran farmers and their families to bring ethically traded, environmentally responsible, locally roasted coffee to the Upper Midwest. FTF has established an organic Honduran coffee cooperative to combat the commodity market’s focus on quantity over quality.
Featherstone Farm produces over 40 different fresh crops for delivery to food co-ops and other Midwest food outlets. They also operate a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. This farm’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that the freshest, best-tasting, most nutritious fruits and vegetables come from holistic, sustainable production systems.
Cannon Falls, MN
Ferndale Market, named after farmer John Peterson’s grandparents Fern and Dale, raises free-range, pastured turkeys naturally – without the use of antibiotics or artificial growth promotants. Ferndale turkeys enjoy access to to clean, fresh air, a grass grass-fed diet during the warmer months, and one of hearty grains, vitamins, and minerals from a local feed mill during the winter months. All Ferndale turkeys are processed without additives.
Vermillion Township, MN
The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a member-based organization located in St. Paul, started and led by local Hmong-American farmers. HAFA works to uplift immigrant farmer voices and build wealth in the local Hmong-American community. Each HAFA farm member is their own autonomous business, farming plots of HAFA’s 155-acre farmland in Vermillion Township, just 15 minutes south of St. Paul. HAFA’s farmers grow over 160 different kinds of produce, from carrots and kale to ground cherries and lemon grass. When in season, we carry their delicious, locally-grown ground cherries, purple sweet potatoes, snap peas, Brussels sprouts, and Thai eggplant.
Hoch Orchard & Gardens
Hoch Orchard & Gardens is a certified organic family farm run by Harry & Jackie Hoch. They grow over fifty varieties of apples, two acres of wine grapes, various berries and other fruiting trees. All Hoch Orchard apples are grown naturally without plant growth regulators or ripening agents and have no wax, food grade shellac, or post-harvest pesticides added. The Hoch’s practice Integrated Pest Management techniques to produce high-quality fruit while using a minimal amount of certified organic fungicides and insecticides. Their farm is also certified biodynamic – a standard more extensive than organic, with stricter environmental requirements around fertility, pest and weed control, water conservation, and biodiversity.
Holy Land’s founder, Wajdi Wadi, came to Minnesota from Kuwait to attend college. Shortly after graduating in 1985, he bought the bakery which was to become Holy Land with his uncle Ali. By offering specialty products, including their award-winning pita bread, Holy Land has grown over the years into a renowned local institution.
Kadejan began custom processing pheasants and hens in 1989 for local area farmers and developing a market for their products in Twin Cities-area fine dining establishments. As they were working with various local chefs, many began asking for “free-range hens”. Kadejan chickens are raised naturally in small flocks, are free roaming and never caged, and are fed whole grains.
La Perla Tortilleria
After husband and wife Jose and Noemi Payan moved to Minnesota from Chicago in 1994, they quickly realized that there were no tortillerias to be found. They decided to make and sell their own tortillas under the name La Perla, meaning “the pearl.” Today, they have dozens of employees, multiple locations, and make and sell more tortillas than anyone else in the city!
Larry Schultz Organic Farm
Larry Schultz’s family has been using organic farming methods since his great-grandfather first moved onto their land in Owatonna. He prides himself on selling the freshest eggs possible – they’re candled and graded the same day as they’re laid! Schultz free-range, organic turkeys and chickens are fed organic flax seeds, small grains, pasture grasses and bugs, making for happy birds, flavorful poultry, and rich colored egg yolks.
Mama C’s Salsa
St. Paul, MN
East Side maker Mama C’s Salsa is a family-run labor of love. Owner Juan Cervantes and his sisters, daughters, and their significant others all pitch in to make salsa inspired by a family recipe from the Jalisco region of Mexico. Jalapenos are hand-roasted over an open flame, then peeled, sliced, and added to diced tomatoes with freshly squeezed lime juice, garlic, and salt. The resulting salsa is packed full of flavor. No preservatives or additives are used, and most ingredients are locally sourced.