We hope you enjoyed the Healthy Local Food Exhibit 

at the

“Great Minnesota Get-Together!”

August 25 - September 5, 2022


For over a decade, Renewing the Countryside and partners have curated a food-related, interactive educational exhibit at the Eco Experience - the award-winning sustainability expo which draws over 250,000 over the twelve days of the fair. Components of the exhibit include our kids activity area, three daily cooking demonstrations, and our local food sampling station.


2022 Theme: Farm to Early Care, Farm to School

Our children are our future!

We're so thrilled to be able to work with a variety of Early Care providers, connecting them with healthy food from local farms, as well as Pint Size Produce information and activities. That's why these programs are called "Farm to Early Care and Education"! When you visit this year's Healthy Local Food Exhibit, you'll be able to see spotlights on some of these providers and the inspiring images of children in gardens. 



There are so many great books that can help children learn about gardening, local food, and where our food comes from. Here's a list of farm to early care books by BIPOC authors that we recommend as an easy way to approach food topics.



2022 Cooking Demonstration Schedule
All demos take place at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm!

Thursday, August 25 Cookbook Author & Instructor, Beth Dooley's Kitchen Beth Dooley
Friday, August 26 Local Cookbook Author, Land of 10,000 Plates Patrice Johnson
Saturday, August 27 Entrepreneur & Founder, Mostly Made Jillian McGary
Sunday, August 28 Entrepreneur & Founder, K-Mama Sauce KC Kye
Monday, August 29 Chef and founder, Krewe Restaurant Mateo Mackbee
Tuesday, August 30 Urban Roots Elly + youth
Wednesday, August 31 Yum Power HealthPartners
Thursday, September 1 The Good Acre / Chelle's Kitchen Lachelle Cunningham
Friday, September 2 Entrepreneur & Founder, Sailor Mercy Dani Dircks
Saturday, September 3 Sacred Blossom Living Herbal Teas Tony Dimaggio
Sunday, September 4 Entrepreneurs & Founders, 3 Cricketeers Claire and Chad
Monday, September 5  Chef at Rainbow Chinese Restaurant Tammy Wong


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

2022 Schedule of Sampler Partners

Thursday, August 25 Mostly Made ready-made meal starters Perennial Pantry Kernza® crackers and more
Friday, August 26 K-Mama Sauce Korean hot sauce Woven Meats
Saturday, August 27 Willa's Organic Oat Milk  
Sunday, August 28 K-Mama Sauce Korean hot sauce Gist prebiotic beverages
Monday, August 29 UFisheries wild salmon products  
Tuesday, August 30 The Bee Shed honey  
Wednesday, August 31 Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed Mostly Made ready-made meal starters
Thursday, September 1 Sailor Mercy elderberry products Lost Capitol Foods hot sauce
Friday, September 2 Sailor Mercy elderberry products 3 Cricketeers
Saturday, September 3 Sailor Mercy elderberry products 3 Cricketeers, Chocolate San José-Minneapolis, Sacred Blossom Tea
Sunday, September 4 Sacred Blossom Living Herbal Teas 3 Cricketeers, San Jose Chocolates
Monday, September 5 Flavor in a Jar 3 Cricketeers, San Jose Chocolates


Past Healthy Local Food Exhibits

2021 Summary Report and Climate Change display

2019 Summary Report and Artisan Grain Exhibition display

2018 Summary Report and Best If Used exhibit display

2017 Summary Report and Organic exhibit display

2016 Summary Report and Forever Green exhibit display

2015 Summary Report and AGRIculture exhibit display

2014 Summary Report and Grow A Farmer Overview

2013 Summary Report


Gallery of past exhibits: see photos of the 2015 and 2016 Local Food Exhibits here 

Favorite fair recipes from our Chef Demonstrations here