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Finding Food in Farm County


Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Economics of food and farming in SE MinnesotaBy Nancy Overcott Monday, April 9, 2001

"As much as $800 million each year flows out of our agricultural region as local families grow and buy food. Almost none of this money builds wealth in our neighborhoods. Creating our own regional food system is one way to reduce these losses."

This is the key determination of "Finding Food in Farm Country," a 32-page assessment of the food economy in Southeast Minnesota. The project was commissioned by the Community Design Center, a St. Paul based non-profit organization founded in 1969 to assist Minnesota communities in realizing their sustainable economic, social, and ecological goals. According to Ruth Murphy, executive director, the Community Design Center commissioned this study because it believes in the value of building local food systems and wanted to learn how much of the food dollar circulates within Southeast Minnesota and how much flows out.

Project coordinator Nancy Bratrud of Lanesboro says, “It's not innovative just to try to figure out how to haul more food from Southeast Minnesota to Twin Cities markets. That's exploring a new market - which we're not averse to doing, as long as we're selling our surplus - but it's not changing the food system. We want to focus on regional stability, the money that circulates here. We want to bring the producer and the consumer into a face-to-face relationship.”

As the original owner of Mrs. B's B&B in Lanesboro, Bratrud put her ethic to use in preparing locally raised food for her customers. She purchased meat from farmer Terry Huckstadt of Chatfield, and vegetables from local growers such as Paul Gardner in Lanesboro, and Master GardenerVirginia Baker of Wykoff.

The authors of "Finding Food in Farm Country" are Ken Meter, president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis and faculty member at Metropolitan State University and Jon Rosales, Research Fellow for the Institute for Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Minnesota.

Using existing data, they looked at the region's economy from the viewpoint of the region itself and found that area farmers sold $866 million of farm products in 1997, but spent $947 million raising this food, almost half ($400 million) of which was spent on services, products and loans from suppliers and creditors outside the area. At the same time, area residents spent $506 million buying .....
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Hoffman Stables

NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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©Maxxximum Madcap

Answer:

FOOT OF BED

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Aspargus Casserole

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Aspargus Casserole

2 cans asparagus, drained or fresh
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
20 crumbled Ritz crackers
1/2 cup American cheese, shredded

•Place asparagus in casserole dish. Thin soup with milk and pour ov ..... 
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