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farmer with produceSourcing Food

This section will increase your awareness of what’s in season and help you find local food. Click on the featured food below for buying tips and finding local farmers who grow it.

Minnesota Foods in Season

Find local foods all year long.

Finding Local Food

Connect with a farmer, distributor or forager.

Purchasing Local Foods

Understanding the requirements and policies involved with purchasing local food items.

Additional Tips and Tools

Comprehensive purchasing guides, a produce calculator, and more!

Featured Minnesota Farm to School Foods

Click on a food below for buying tips and local farmers who grow it.

apple
Apples
dried beans
Dried Beans
bison
Bison
bread
Whole Grains
cabbage
Cabbage
carrots
Carrots
cheese
Cheese
cucumber
Cucumbers
garlic
Garlic
green beans
Green Beans
herbs
Herbs
honey
Honey
lettuce
Lettuce
potato
Potatoes
rhubarb
Rhubarb
squash
Squash
strawberry
Strawberries
corn
Sweet Corn
tomato
Tomatoes
rice
Wild Rice

Other Recommended Resources

Finding, Buying and Serving Local FoodsU. S. Department of Agriculture — USDA Farm to School Program is hosting two webinars per month on various aspects of local procurement. The webinars are held at 2:00 p.m. ET on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Using DoD Fresh to Purchase Local ProduceU. S. Department of Agriculture — The Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program allows schools to use their USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce.

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