Community Garden Update

Our gardens are still going strong through the fall, producing cold-hardy vegetables such as beets, kale, collards, and swiss chard! These veggies will keep producing through light frosts, and kale and collards will continue even through heavy frost. Hopefully the weather will give us ample time to harvest as many greens as possible!

Meanwhile, garlic has been planted at the Midway location. We can expect garlic scapes in the spring and bulbs in the summer. Finally, we have been making an effort to save some seeds from our crop, including okra (pictured here) and beans.

Expanding Foodshare

North Country Food Alliance is now picking up overstock produce from a Cub Foods in Minnetonka! We are excited that our foodshare operation continues to expand so we are able to serve more low-income areas. If you have connections to a store, farm, or wholesaler with overstock produce, please email foodshare@northcountryfoodalliance.org to let us know. Thank you!

New Foodshare Sources!

We are excited to announce that we have acquired a new foodshare source from J & J distributing! This is a St. Paul wholesaler that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to grocery stores. Due to their support we are now able to drop off food to an additional site in North Minneapolis. Additionally, North Country Food Alliance has been picking up leftover CSA shares from Oxendale Market in South Minneapolis and from Harmony Valley Farm CSA. CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) are farms from which customers sign up for a seasonal share and pick up boxes of fresh produce at local retailers. However, every week there are several boxes leftover because people can't always pick up their shares. So now those boxes are coming to us and being distributed to soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Deepest gratitude to all our suppliers!

Replanting the Garden

The community gardens are overflowing with kale, collards, greens, chard, squash, cucumbers, and more! We have been regularly harvesting these vegetables to share for free in low-income communities. Our Midway Garden has been practically picked clean, so we transplanted some basil into the bare soil (as pictured below.) We also planted some seeds for a fall harvest: kale, collards, spinach, and cabbage. These cold-hardy veggies will keep producing late into fall (provided of course that the weather cooperates!)

Transplanting basil

Transplanting basil

Spring-time Foraging Recipes

Spring is an amazing time to head to the woods and forage greens, flowers, and mushrooms! For an interesting article and great recipes, check out the Grand Traverse Scene magazine, produced in northwest Michigan. This issue includes NCFA Foraging Coordinator Maria Wesserle! To read the article in pdf format, click here.

New Board Members!

Tonight we held a dinner at the NCFA office to put a new Board of Directors in power. The original founding board resigned and new members stepped in to fill their places. Welcome to NCFA!

Sam Adams, Board Chair

Jim McGuire, Secretary

Linda Leighton, Treasurer

Kieran Frazier Knutson

Erik Davis

Foraging Classes Begin in May!

Spring is finally arriving after a long and cold winter, and with it begin foraging classes from the North Country Food Alliance! Classes will occur twice monthly starting in May. On Saturday, May 3 and May 17 there will be garlic mustard cooking classes held in partnership with the Minneapolis Parks Department. Garlic mustard is an invasive plant that threatens the woodland ecosystems of eastern North America. Attend a garlic mustard pull held by the Friends of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden to help manage this plant first, learning proper identification and harvesting techniques. Then join us in the kitchen as we transform it into a delicious and healthful meal!

To learn more about these classes and register, please follow these links:

May 3

May 17

See you in the woods!