During these unsettled times related to the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to come together as a community. One way to do that is by supporting the farmers who are producing safe, healthy food using regenerative methods. In recent days, the Land Stewardship Project has heard of several situations where farmer-members have lost access to customers due to the closing of restaurants, universities, K-12 schools, co-ops, and other market options. These losses, even in the short term, can be devastating.
But one way we can all work together to get through this difficult situation is by supporting local food systems. Supporting these farmers is a great way to not only help them get through this stressful time, but to get access to safe, healthy food that supports our communities.
Below are listings of LSP member-farmers who have products available. Many offer delivery or other options for obtaining the food directly. LSP will be updating this clearinghouse on a regular basis in the immediate future.
Food Exchange Listings (updated 4/2/20):
• The Boreal Farm, Caroline Hegstrom, Rice Lake, Minn.: Certified organic vegetables and strawberries for CSA and on-site farm stand. Contact: www.theborealfarm.com.
• Paul and Candy Sobocinski, Wabasso, Minn.: beef available for sale in halves or quarters, or quarters processing available at Ruprecht’s Meat Market in Wabasso; also pork available that is raised in open pens in deep straw. Contact: 507-430-1509.
• Dan Coffman, Nicollet, Minn.: whole frozen organically raised chickens (not certified organic), organically raised eggs in one-dozen increments (not certified organic); pickup times — Mondays and Saturdays. Contact: Dan Coffman, e-mail.
• Early Boots Farm, Sauk Centre, Minn., Tyler Carlson: 100% grass-fed beef year-round; pastured lamb, honeyberries, sour cherries seasonally; meat is available for bulk purchase (eighths, quarters, halves, and wholes) or by individual cut; to-your-door delivery to Saint. Cloud, the Twin Cities, and communities neighboring the farm. Contact: www.earlyboots.com, 320-249-1841, e-mail.
• TC Farm, Jack McCann, Montrose, Minn.: pasture-raised, non-GMO, slow-growth and heritage breed beef, pork, chicken and eggs; homemade sausages, breads, foraged mushrooms; year-round monthly deliveries to neighborhoods in the Twin Cities metro area. Contact: www.tc.farm.
• Turnip Rock Farm & Cosmic Wheel Creamery, Clear Lake, Wis.: 100% grass farmstead cheese, ground beef packs, all cuts of whey fed, pastured pork, and certified organic vegetables; online farm stand, many different pick-up locations and home delivery, deliveries in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Contact: www.turniprock.com, 715-268-9311.
• Seven Songs Organic Farm, Kenyon, Minn., Melissa Driscoll: Animal Welfare Approved eggs, Sibley Squash; will soon have rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce mix, unusual heirloom tomato plants, nettles. Contact: www.sevensongsfarm.com, e-mail.
• Just Food Collective, central Minnesota: fresh vegetables, fruit; pre-orders, pick-up in central Minnesota — Watkins, Cold Spring, Saint Joseph. Contact: www.justfoodcollective.com.
• Winnowburrow Farm, Colfax, Wis., Bonnie Warndahl: seasonal mushrooms — shiitake, wine cap, oyster and wild-foraged; herbs — basil, parsley, cilantro/coriander, dill, oregano, rosemary, thyme, spearmint, peppermint, winter savory, sage; tomatoes — slicing, canning and cherry varieties; cucumbers — pickling; heirloom dried beans (available autumn 2020); specialty cut flowers. Custom orders and free home delivery to St. Paul and south Minneapolis residents with minimum purchase. Contact: winnowburrow.com, 612-462-9311.
• Nettle Valley Farm, Spring Grove, Minn., Dayna Burtness and Nick Nguyen: heritage breed hogs on diverse pastures, organically-fed (pea and barley feed, no corn/soybeans); whole and half hogs are available each fall; will do home delivery. Contact: www.nettlevalleyfarm.com.
• Blue Ox Farm, Wheeler, Wis.: Rotationally-grazed grass-fed lamb and beef from its farm in Wheeler, Wis., direct to consumer's doorsteps. More information about ordering and delivery, production practices, next harvest dates, and contact information at https://blueox.farm/shop.
• Earth-Be-Glad Farm, Lewiston, Minn., Mike and Jennifer Rupprecht: 100% grass-fed beef available as packaged frozen cuts and custom-processed beef; pick up on the farm — easy, safe outdoor transfer; local (Winona) delivery. Contact: 507-523-2564, e-mail.
• Pekin Hill Farms, Chatfield, Minn., Amanda McCabe: Red Wattle pastured pork, pasture raised chicken, and all natural beef; hamburger by the pound, beef cuts, pork cuts, and whole/half chickens; deliver within 60 miles of Chatfield. Information and delivery zones at www.pekinhillfarms.com, or contact Amanda at 507-259-7409.
• Leafy Legacy Herb Farm, Lanesboro, Minn., Jane Peck: Herbal salts, herb-infused syrups, herbal teas; only sea salt and cane sugar used and herbs are grown on-farm; teas and herb salts can be shipped, syrups are on-farm sale only; pick up at the farm in Lanesboro — 3899 Golden Drive. Contact: Jane Peck, 612-823-0776, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Moonstone Farm, Montevideo, Minn., Audrey Arner and Richard Handeen: On-farm store offering grass-fed beef, some local cheeses, raw honey, Velasquez Family Coffee, herb teas; social distancing observed, much wiping down of surfaces, handles etc. Contact: www.moonstonefarm.net or Audrey via e-mail.
• Willie Nillie Farm, Winona, Minn., Kelsey Fitzgerald: Fruit, vegetable, kombucha, eggs, baked goods, extra produce available via special order; pick-up in Winona on Thursdays. Contact: Kelsey Fitzgerald, www.willienilliefarm.org, 507-304-5371, e-mail
• Yellow Medicine Farm, Clarkfield, Minn., Glenn Gelhar: Pastured eggs, grass-fed beef; eggs available for pick-up on the farm four miles north of Clarkfield or at the Montevideo Farmers' Market; beef processed at Dawson or Appleton lockers. Contact: Glenn Gelhar, e-mail, Instagram: @yellowmedicinefarm