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About the program

Minnesota's local and regional food system includes the production of sweet corn, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, squash, pumpkins, green beans, carrots, apples, grapes, strawberries and blueberries. We also provide information to growers about niche crops such as garlic, turnips, cabbage, peppers, radishes, broccoli, leafy greens, cauliflower, raspberries and asparagus.

Unlike many sectors of Minnesota’s agricultural economy, commercial vegetable and fruit production is growing steadily.

Our overall goals are to enhance profitability, add value, and maintain food security through local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota. We work with:

In partnership with other organizations and commodity groups, we conduct research and communicate research-based information to growers throughout Minnesota. We do this by developing and producing educational programs, field days, grower roundtables, print and web publications, newsletters, radio talks, and one-on-one consultations.

Economic Impacts in Minnesota

Small Fruit

Tree Fruit

Fresh Market Vegetables

Processing Vegetables



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