Sunday, March 2

Here's what's available in Minnesota right now

It's the beginning of March, which means there are 2.5 months until we have outdoor-grown food (besides lettuce) again.

Here's what we get to get us through that 2.5 months:
Culled from a co-op in Northfield and my own knowledge of other co-ops

  • Produce
    • Lettuce (hydroponically grown)
    • Potatoes
    • Mushrooms
    • Sprouts
  • Bulk
    • Whole Wheat Flour
    • Wild Rice
    • Rolled Oats
    • Flax Seeds
    • Black Beans
    • Spaghetti
    • Pasta Shells
  • Refrigerated/Frozen
    • Eggs
    • Milk
    • Butter
    • Yogurt (but it's yucky)
    • Tortillas (ingredients locally combined)
    • Sour Cream
    • Salsa (ingredients locally combined)
    • Heavy Cream
    • Buttermilk
    • Hummus (ingredients locally combined--I'm almost certain not locally grown)
    • 3 Bean Chili (ingredients locally combined)
    • Bacon
    • Round Tip Steak
    • Ham
    • Whole Chicken
    • Bone in Chicken
    • Boneless Chicken Breasts
    • Preshredded Cheese (seriously, what a waste of local eating for the environment. I avoid this company's overpackaged products, trying to tell them to cut it out!)
    • Cheese (many kinds--this is cheese land)
    • Chevre Cheese
    • Cream Cheese
    • Ice Cream (many kinds--this is ice cream land)
    • Frozen Pizza (expensive as heck--$11 for a thin-crust pizza--but they really do use locally grown and made spinach, tomatoes, garlic, cheese, etc. whenever they can get it!)
    • Frozen Veggies
    • Frozen Berries (if you count the far side of the next state over)
  • Shelf Goops
    • Jam
    • Maple syrup
  • Dry Shelf Stuff
    • Corn Chips (Whole Grain Milling Co.)
    • Cereal (Not sure if cold cereals are locally grown & milled or just locally mixed into granola; 1 hot cereal is locally milled, if not also locally grown)
  • Bread
    • Bread.


Katie said...
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Katie said...

By the way, I compared this to a count of local produce types available in mid-September. There were at least 64 then.

4 vs. 64.

I hope everyone appreciates what a pain in the *** it is to eat healthily in the late winter without either 1) modern transportation or 2) old-growth ecosystems to forage in (which we don't have enough of anymore to feed everyone, so that's out).


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