Local Food

Jesse Davis

There is no "off season" for farmers. That's the verdict from garlic grower and farm market advocate Jesse Davis. Jesse and his husband Warren planted over 30,000 garlic cloves last fall at their farm, Trout Lake Garlic. That's less than the 50,000 they had planned, but with last fall's rain and humidity some of the seed they were hoping to grow rotted. This winter there was record warm weather in January, and more freeze-thaw cycles are predicted.

Close to Home: Build Your Own Solar Greenhouse

Mar 3, 2017
Grant Frashier

Most Minnesota gardeners would like to expand their growing season.  Timberjay Newspaper publisher Marshall Helmberger has found a way and recently led a class titled Build Your Own Solar Greenhouse in Virginia.   Close to Home host Grant Frashier was there and talked with Marshall.

Fermented Foods

Feb 1, 2017

When faced with doing a yearlong local food challenge in northern Minnesota, Steven Dahlberg opted to start fermenting because he figured it was either that or grow sprouts, "and I don't like sprouts" he said.

Steve discovered that fermented foods contain essential vitamins, aid digestion, and promote "gut health." He started with winemaking, due to an abundance of fruit (with hard cider a favorite), but says that his favorite fermented foods are sourdough bread, yogurt, and buttermilk.

Heidi Holtan

On Monday mornings we meet the people of northern MN who live their life off the beaten path.  This week Michael Schumacher and Marina Lovell who run a CSA from Cass Lake.  They talked with producer Milt Lee. 

https://www.facebook.com/HolmMadeWildRice/

If you’ve ever traveled Hwy 2 between Bemidji and Grand Rapids   you’ve probably seen a stand in Ball Club.  It was operated for over 30 years by the late Tim Holm from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  Tim’s family, friends and community continue to mourn his loss – but there is also a loss of culture and tradition that came with Tim selling smoked whitefish and wild rice from that stand. 

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