Welcome to the NEW MinnesotaGrown.com!
Love for local foods isn't the only thing that has grown here this summer! Minnesota Grown is proud to announce our new website, MinnesotaGrown.com. Now responsive to mobile and tablet use, take MinnesotaGrown.com with you on your next trip or quickly find orchards, farm wineries, or Christmas tree farms near you wherever you are!
It is easier to connect with us than ever before, as you can now quickly link to our Facebook and Pinterest pages. Check out our new farm member pages by clicking on Minnesota Grown members, use the online directory to find farms near you, stay updated with our program news, find family activities on our interactive calendar, or learn more about your favorite Minnesota Grown products on pages like this! And yes, you heard us right -- we now have a Pinterest page too! Follow us at the link provided to stay up to date on in-season produce and products, and great ways to use them! Boards on the Minnesota Grown Pinterest page include recipes for all seasons, family activity ideas, tips and hacks for in the kitchen and around the house, and information on our Minnesota Grown members! Be sure to check out our apple and honey boards while you are there!
Guest Blogging with Minnesota Grown
We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with Minnesota-based blogger Molly Yeh
to promote Minnesota Grown, and fresh, local products throughout the month of October! Check out her blog, My Name is Yeh
, to meet Molly
and learn more about her life on the border in northern Minnesota. Keep an eye out for her favorite apple recipes, featuring Minnesota Grown apples, in next month issue of the Pick of the Month!
Make the most of the remaining warm weather with a late summer grill-out! Make these burgers with Minnesota Grown meats for extra flavor!
1/2 lb lean ground sirloin
1/2 lb ground bacon
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil for grilling
3 toasted hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls
6 slices cheddar cheese
6 slices Jack cheese
1. Place beef and bacon into a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Mix together until fully combined.
2. Form six equal patties and place in the refrigerator between parchment to chill.
3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and brush the surface with vegetable oil.
4. Place patties onto the grill pan (three at a time) and grill for 5 to 7 minutes on each side.
5. About two minutes before the patties are done, place a slice each of cheddar and jack cheese over each patty and allow cheese to melt before removing and placing onto a clean surface. Repeat with the remaining patties and cheese.
6. To assemble: Stack two patties onto one another and place on a bun. Add any remaining toppings and condiments of your choice and serve.
Sweet Corn & Roasted Red Pepper Potato Salad
2.5lbs small potatoes
2 red bell peppers
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ears sweet corn
5 green onions, rinsed and sliced
1/2 cup torn basil leaves
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until just al dente, about ten minutes, and no more that fifteen. Remove from heat and rinse under cool water. Drain thoroughly. Set aside.
2. While the potatoes are boiling, roast the red peppers directly over a low flame on your gas stove or char in a frying pan.
3. Turn the oven on to broil. Place both ears of corn under broiler, and cook until browned and soft, no more than ten minutes. Turn regularly, and keep and eye on them. Set aside to cool.
You may also grill the red peppers and corn.
4. Remove the skin of the red peppers under cool running water. Seed and stem the peppers and roughly chop them. Pat the peppers dry with paper towels to remove any excess liquid.
5. Add the red peppers, yogurt, chile powder, sea salt, paprika and cayenne to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until a smooth paste forms.
6. Slice each potato into bite-size pieces.Place in a large bowl. Slice the kernels of corn directly into the bowl. Add the green onions. Add the red pepper sauce to the bowl and toss gently to combine. Finish with fresh herbs and let sit for a few hours to marinate before serving.
The trailing warmth of summer makes September a wonderful month at the market. This month, be sure to look for carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, herbs, peppers, potatoes, fall raspberries, summer squash, tomatoes, sweet corn, apples, eggplant, melons, onions, brussels sprouts, parsnips, turnips, and winter squash at your local markets.
As we move into October you can expect to see pumpkins coming into season!
For a full listing of in-season produce and to find a market or producer near you, visit us at www.minnesotagrown.com or view our seasonal produce chart here.
The Great Sweet Corn Debate
Do more Minnesotans enjoy their sweet corn by eating it across (like a typewriter) or around (like a wheel)?
Last month we asked our Facebook fans and fellow local-food lovers to let us know how you like to devour Minnesota Grown sweet corn. Check out the results!
Stay in Touch with Minnesota Grown
You can stay up to date with us about what's in season, local events, and what our farmers are doing every day!
Like us on Facebook
and get updates daily! In August we reached over 18,000 "likes" -- but we know there are more local foodies out there -- can you help us spread the word and reach 19,000??
It's also an easy way to interact with us. You can let us know what you'd like to see from us, ask us for information, or simply share your stories about getting out and going local in Minnesota!
An Apple a Day...
It's one of the most recognizable expressions around: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away!" The original printed proverb, first noted in 1866, went like this: "Eat an apple upon going to bed, keep the doctor from earning his bread." Nearly 150 years later, variations of this adage are still quoted. Besides being fun to say, and easy to recall, this saying does actually bear truth. Apples provide a variety of health benefits!
Apples are an excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that lowers blood pressure and maintains the health of the digestive system. They are also full of boron, a nutrient that supports strong bones and a healthy brain. Vitamins C, E, and A are also found abundantly within the fruit, boosting immunity and reducing the risk for heart disease, diabetes and asthma. With so many health benefits, it is no wonder our ancestors coined that phrase, and it's no wonder we still say it today!
It also comes as no surprise then that apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. Minnesota has no shortage of the popular fruit, and this year the apples are looking bigger and better than ever!
Early varieties began picking in late August and some varieties will continue until November or December. Although many growers are reporting that their apples are ripening slightly later than usual, orchards are now open for picking. Always call your orchard to determine what is ripe and ready for you!
Many apple orchards offer additional activities, making a trip to the orchard a fun activity for the whole family! These activities may include hay rides, kids' play areas, photo cut-outs, petting zoos, fresh apple cider, and more! Some orchards even have bakeries or stores to pick up fresh apple treats, pies, jams, and even gifts. Some orchards occasionally offer pick-your-own apples, while most will have pre-picked apples ready and waiting for you!
If you decide to pick your own apples, remember that color doesn't determine how ripe an apple is. Pick firm, crisp apples by lifting up and twisting the fruit. Keeping the stem attached to any picked fruit will help keep it fresh and increase it's storage life.
Minnesota Grown apples
, depending on the variety, will store for over six months! Keep apples in a cool, dark place with high humidity. The Minnesota state fruit, the Honeycrisp, is particularly good for longer-term storage. Cortland are also known for being slow to brown, making them ideal apples for school lunches and salads! The University of Minnesota Extension
is always a great resource for storage tips. Find more on canning, freezing, and drying apples on their website
Keep an eye out for our next issue of the Pick of the Month, where Minnesota-based blogger, Molly Yeh
, will share her favorite Minnesota Grown apple recipes!
Minnesota Grown wants to help you get out and go local this fall. The Directory contains over 100 apple orchards
across the state. Search today to find one near you, and start a family tradition this fall that will create memories to last a lifetime!
Find Fall Fun!
National Honey Month
Don't miss the buzz this September -- it is National Honey Month! Treat yourself and your family to something sweet made with local Minnesota Grown honey.
Honey is one special product, as it never spoils! Lucky for us, this means honey can be found year-round at grocery stores, farmers markets, and direct from producers. Look for the Minnesota Grown logo or Minnesota Grown honey stickers when you're buying local honey and you can be sure it was made right here from bees pollinating local plants, trees, and flowers! We would like to thank the Minnesota Honey Producers for special honey information included in this newsletter.
Honey can be substituted for sugar in many recipes. It adds a little more local love to your favorite dishes, baked goods, or drinks! We know that honey can sweeten dishes, but did you know it also enhances the flavor profiles of other ingredients? Additionally, honey can thicken and act as a binder for sauces, marinades, dressing, and dips. Honey also provides and retains moisture which can take your baked goods to the next level and increase their shelf life.
Here's how to substitute:
1. Use equal amounts of honey for sugar up to one cup. Over one cup, replace each cup of sugar with 2/3 to 3/4 cup of honey depending upon the sweetness desired.
2. Lower the baking temperature 25 degrees and watch your time carefully since products with honey brown faster.
3. In recipes using more than one cup honey for sugar, it may be necessary to reduce liquids by 1/4 cup per cup of honey.
4. In baked goods, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per cup of honey if baking soda is not already included in the recipe. This will reduce the acidity of the honey, as well as increase the volume of your product.
Moisten a measuring spoon or cup first with water, oil, or an egg before measuring the honey to prevent it from sticking to the measuring utensil. Honey is heavy by weight. A 12-ounce jar equals one standard 8-ounce cup. A quart weighs 3 pounds.
Does your honey in the shelf look cloudy or solid? Don't worry!
Honey naturally wants to crystallize. If it is raw honey, it will crystallize much faster than if it has been heated. Simply place the uncovered jar in a pan of water and slowly heat it up but be careful not to boil or overheat your honey.
While you enjoy honey's unique sweet taste, you're also supporting our state bees! Buying local honey from Minnesota Grown producers ensures pollinator habitat and support for these vital insects. Many other delicious and important Minnesota Grown foods need pollinators to become the foods we enjoy each day. Check out the graphic below for a list of a few!
For more information on honey from Minnesota Grown honey producers, visit our honey webpage!
September 5 -7th
Come out to Kellogg, for free watermelon, a Watermelon crawl 3K/5K run/walk, parade, carnival and live entertainment!
Enjoy Luverne's second annual HARVEST JAM on September 20, 2014 at The BlueStem! The Harvest Jam features everything great about a small town...locally grown food - prepared by local chefs...Luverne's own brewery great tasting beers...great music with local bands - capping the night with the Harvest Jam!
Pack up your picnic basket and join us at Sandbox Cooperative
on September 14th for a celebration of Minnesota ingredients, growers, chefs, musicians and brewers! Adventurous guests will enjoy a farm tour led by the sustainable garden farmers from Sandbox Cooperative and feast on a family-style meal crafted by Chef Jenny Breen
. We'll top off the celebration with seasonal offerings from the crew at Fair State Brewing Cooperative
and live ragtime blues courtesy of fan favorites, Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Fall harvest produce is flavor and nutrient-rich and some are strangers to us! Are you curious about some of the unfamiliar produce you see beautifully displayed at the market but haven't a clue what they are or what to do with them? These produce underdogs are undiscovered gems. In class we'll ask, "What the heck is this?" and actually get answers! You'll learn how to prepare and cook with them. When you taste these in Kris's recipes you'll want to go back for more.
Celebrate fall and join Redwood Falls in their downtown community event with craft vendors, both local artisans and artisans from other states. Also food vendors, kids activities, and free entertainment stage.