Monday, April 7, 2014

2014 Minnesota Grown Directory loaded with local farms

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The annual Minnesota Grown Directory is now available, just in time for spring.  The directory is a statewide guide to purchasing directly from local producers.  The 2014 edition boasts a record setting 978 farms and includes the most Community Supported Agriculture farms and farmers markets.

The 2014 directory turns a new page by featuring spokeswoman and Minnesota Olympian Carrie Tollefson’s family by her side. “This is in line with our transition from showing Carrie as a ‘world-class athlete’ to a ‘world-class mom.’ Carrie’s athletic accomplishments and her genuine passion for local farms continue to make her the ideal spokeswoman for the Minnesota Grown Program,” said Minnesota Grown marketing specialist Jessica Miles. “Carrie and her family whole-heartedly believe in eating healthy, local food whenever possible.”

The Tollefsons’ also exemplify the directory’s growing number of family friendly activities, recipes and educational agriculture facts and trivia. Parents and educators can use these exciting activities as a tool to introduce and attract kids to agriculture. The directory also contains ideas for dining out or crafting a Minnesota Cooks inspired recipe in your kitchen.

You can order free, printed copies of the Minnesota Grown Directory by calling Explore Minnesota Tourism at 1-888-TOURISM.  You can also order your copy online or look up local farms at The online directory makes it easy to find farms via product, city, zip code, or the interactive map.