For 8 or 9 years I’ve been volunteering at the State Fair. I am usually not a fan of crowds, bad food and walking around four hours on end in the masses but there’s just something special about the fair. I’ve entered my honey, tomatoes and other farm goods at the fair over the years and enjoy the whole process. I’ve done demonstrations on how to make beeswax cosmetics and the likes but now I just like to simplify things and work at the Minnesota Grown booth.
What is Minnesota Grown? It is a marketing organization that helps connect Minnesota producers of food, fuel and fiber to customers. It is a part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and something you must register for. They have a directory you may have seen. The directory covers everything from strawberries in spring to Christmas trees in the middle of winter. If you’re looking for a local product they will find you a farmer that makes it!
This year we talked to people about how they can locate their local farms and markets to better suit their needs. One of the activities we did with kids was give out vegetable tattoos. I don’t know how effective this is but it was fun. Maybe next year you can stop by and pay us a visit!