At the co-op, local is at the heart of what we do.
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. We know our local farmers and locally-owned businesses personally – we visit their kitchens and farms and love seeing exactly where our food comes from and how it’s grown, raised, and made. When you choose local, not only does it taste better (thanks to shorter travel distances!) but more of your food dollars stay in our local community.
Harmony Valley Farm
Harmony Valley is a family-owned, diversified farm with over 30 years of experience producing high-quality, certified organic vegetables and berries. The home farm consists of 200 acres of woods, pastures and crop land lying along Spring Creek. Harmony Valley is dedicated to organic farming and believes strongly that it produces the highest quality, best tasting food while protecting the quality of our water and wildlife. All of their products are certified by the Midwest Organic Services Association.
Started by four friends with a mission to rid the bathroom of plastic, HiBar shampoo and conditioner bars are all-natural and made with plant-based ingredients. Their cardboard and paper packaging are also recyclable and compostable, resulting in zero plastic waste.
Hoch Orchard & Gardens
La Crescent, MN
Hoch Orchard & Gardens is a certified organic family farm run by Harry and Jackie Hoch. All of their 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.
House of Halva
St. Paul, MN
House of Halva’s slogan is “Taste Happiness,” and owners David and Liz Kadosh are proud to say that’s true. Made primarily from sesame paste, halva is sweet and dense, soft and crumbly; it’s a tradition of many generations in their family and for people throughout the world. Their goal is to bring this treasured dessert back here to Minnesota.
“Hoyo,” which means “mother” in Somali, was founded on the goal of employing and empowering Somali women. They hire moms to make one of their favorite dishes, sambusas. This way, they are able to share a piece of their culture with the Twin Cities community while also providing for their families. Their recipe originates from Halima, a mother of six, and each sambusa is hand-folded, allowing you to experience traditional and authentic Somali cuisine.
In Town Sushi
Owner Than Zaw has been supplying sushi to Minnesotans for over a decade. In Town Sushi’s chefs are traditionally trained and make fresh, authentic sushi and poke bowls every morning. They handle their ingredients with great care and source from local suppliers.
Jajja Margaret Luttaaya was born in 1939 in Uganda. She was a pioneer, mixing ancient indigenous wisdom, organic fruits and other healthful ingredients to make and sell her delicious wellness tonics. Her energy and love went into every bottle. Today, Jajja’s grandson, Henry, carries on her legacy, making those same wellness tonics for all to enjoy.
Ka All Naturals
Twin Cities, MN
Founders Kate and Ameeta met through a mutual interest in mindfulness and meditation. Their mutual passion led to them developing this Ayurvedic skin care line made with pure ingredients. Ka All Naturals skin care products are handcrafted in small batches and sold in non-plastic, reusable, and recyclable containers.
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!