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.
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.
Living Water Gardens
Owned by the Klingbeil family, Living Water Gardens is located roughly 100 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. They grow 7,000 tomato plants and other annual vegetables using hydroponics in an acre-sized greenhouse. This growing method uses nutrient-rich water instead of soil and allows them to extend Minnesota’s short growing season. In the winter, they use recycled wooden shipping pallets (that would otherwise end up in a landfill) to heat the greenhouse. This agricultural system means they’re able to deliver a variety of fresh, ripe tomatoes grown locally to the co-op from April through December each year.
Love You Cookie
Love You Cookie is a Black- and woman-owned cookie company based in Minneapolis. Founded by Sarah Brima, Sahr Brima and Kamal Mohamed, Love You Cookie gained prominence by providing fresh and locally baked cookies to restaurant Nashville Coop and other local retailers. The “OG” Chocolate Chip Cookie is loaded with chocolate and cashews and sprinkled with sea salt. The company just dropped another flavor, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter, and has plans to keep creating new flavors for all to enjoy!
Mali & Co.
Mali Kouanchao was born in Laos, and many of her childhood memories revolve around food. She remembers her mother preparing traditional Laotian dishes from scratch, such as sai oua (Lao pork sausage). These flavors and techniques inspired her Taste of Laos turkey sausages. Her hope is to share the food she fell in love with as a child and the culture and history of Laotian people. Mali & Co.’s Taste of Laos sausages are made with local Ferndale Market turkey and fresh lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and basil.
Marieke was born and raised in the Netherlands where she grew up on her parents’ 60 cow dairy farm. After moving to the U.S., she started a 350 cow dairy farm and began producing authentic Dutch Gouda in Thorp, Wisconsin. In 2015, Marieke was the first woman to win the Wisconsin outstanding young farmer award. The equipment, cultures, herbs and spices she uses are all imported from Holland. Milk for Marieke’s Gouda is rBGH-free and comes from nearby Penterman Farm cows, directly from the first milking of the day.
Milton Creamery is the result of a dream – a dream of doing something to help others in the agricultural world and beyond, adding value to milk for dairy farmers, creating jobs in the local community, and bringing you a product created with art and passion from Southeast Iowa.
Organic Valley is a farmer-owned co-op that supports rural communities by protecting the health of family farms while working toward economic and environmental sustainability. Founded over 25 years ago in Wisconsin’s Coulee Region at a time when small farmers were given the message to get big or get out, seven farmers came together on a mission to change the way people thought about food. Today, their co-op has grown to include over 1,800 family farms that produce some of the highest-quality local dairy products available.
Pastures A Plenty
Pastures A Plenty is a grazing-based farm that uses a holistic agricultural management model focused on environmental, community, and long-term farm sustainability. They specifically raise breeds of hogs that love to be outside. Their hogs are fed primarily on pasture and never receive hormones or antibiotics to promote growth.
Since 1996, Peace Coffee has been firmly rooted in the business of responsible and sustainable partnerships with each link in the journey that beautiful coffees take. They purchase only organic, fair trade coffees from small-scale grower cooperatives that invest in their farmers to combat unstable markets and shifting climates. They deliver by bike, hand label, and taste each of their coffees to make sure each batch is just right.
Originally from Argentina, Belen Rodriguez moved to Minneapolis in 2012. She decided to open her own charcuterie and savory pie or “empanada” business. Belen’s vision for Quebracho is for people in the Twin Cities to experience the concept of a family Sunday in Argentina, which is all about bringing family and friends together through food in a welcoming and relaxing environment.