At Common Roots Cafe, their goal is to use as many locally sourced, organic ingredients as possible. They started this journey back in 2007 and have lived by this for 12 years! It’s amazing the kind of local products they can source within 250 miles, but for some folks, starting a locally sourced food journey can seem a bit daunting. Here are three ideas that can make a transition like this easy and fun for your whole family.
1. Ask Questions at Co-ops and Markets
This is a fun venture for a family outing—the Twin Cities area abounds with co-ops and farmer’s markets. Most local Minnesota items are labeled, but if you have further questions, the folks running the designated counters at co-ops can always point you in the right direction. At the farmer’s markets, the best part is getting to talk to the producers about their product. People are proud to provide the food/products they do and by taking the time to ask about it you will grow an appreciation for it yourself. Co-ops are also very in step with their community and offer classes on how to buy local on a budget.
2. Investigate CSA Shares in Your Area
CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture, are an amazing way to not only get fresh produce, but also learn the seasonal crops of your region. CSAs directly support the farms that are growing and packing the produce, while giving you your share for an entire growing season—say goodbye to stressful weekly grocery runs! They drop boxes off weekly at select locations in the Twin Cities—Common Roots Cafe, is a drop-off location for both Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) and Featherstone Farms. Each farm offers different size boxes depending on the number of people in your home; and many have payment plans or work shares to give as much flexibility as possible. Most farms provide you with recipes and offer food and agriculture-related classes.
3. Start a Window Garden or Join a Community Garden
This one can seem like a lot of effort, but there are smaller steps that can turn even the least garden-inclined person into a veritable green thumb. Start with an herb in the window—try mint or basil as they’re hearty and will fill any container they’re in, which is a nice confidence booster. If you don’t have the space or the light, community gardens are a way to get space and learn from other gardeners.
Common Roots Cafe is proud to serve you and their community. Try these tips from them to build delicious seasonal dishes that you and your family will love.