Come visit the Healthy Local Food exhibit each year 

at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together!”

 

 

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This year's theme was Forever Green!

The University of Minnesota's Forever Green Initiative works to supplement Minnesota's traditional "summer-annual" crops, which farmers plant and harvest each season, with perennials which can come back for more than one season, or winter-annuals which are planted in the fall and harvested in the spring. State Fair visitors joined us in the local food area to see and experience some of these “new foods” An exciting example of this is "Kernza" a hardy, perennial, wheat-like grain, that offers high yields while its dense root system builds soil carbon, stores nutrients, and prevents soil erosion. With our family friendly games, informative displays, local food sampling station and special guests, visitors learned more about Forever Green and met some of the entrepreneurs and organizations that make Minnesota a great place to eat. Our live cooking demonstrations with local chefs were on stage daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Peace Coffee, celebrating 20 years of sourcing, roasting, and sharing exceptional organic, fairly traded coffee -- joined us to hand out free coffee tastings  every day from 9am to 3pm. We hoped you enjoyed your time with us at the Fair! Thanks to all our volunteers for making this exhibit possible.

 

Our 2016 schedule

Local Chef Cooking Demos

2016 Local Food Samplers

Each year we rely on our wonderful volunteers. Interested in volunteering in 2017?

Click here for volunteer information

 

Past Healthy Local Food exhibits

2013 Summary Report

2014 Summary Report and Grow A Farmer Overview

2015 Summary Report and exhibit panels here!

 

The Healthy Local Food exhibit is made possible by our generous partners.