ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The 30th anniversary edition of the Minnesota Grown Directory is now in season.

The director lists hundreds of places to find locally grown foods. It makes it convenient to locate orchards, farmers’ markets, berry farms and garden centers where consumers can purchase products directly from the grower.

The cover features Minnesota Grown spokeswoman Carrie Tollefson, a 2004 Olympic runner who grew up in Dawson in western Minnesota. She says buying local is a great way to support Minnesota farmers.

More than 190,000 copies of the free guide are distributed by tourist information centers, libraries, retailers, and other supporters of local growers. They’re also available by calling Explore Minnesota Tourism at 1-888-VISITMN (1-888-847-4866). The guide is also offered online as a searchable database on the Minnesota Grown web site.

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Comments (4)
  1. Todd M. Allen says:

    This might be a handy reference guide.

  2. Mike says:

    I like to support the local economy, but it stops when the price difference is above the competition. We live in a self-centered society and it is difficult enough preventing being taken advantaged of and if the best price for product and services is outside the neighborhood, it is an easy decision to make.

  3. lefty says:

    beware of produce from the Amish in the Wadena area some of them (not all) have figured out how to rip off customers. I purchased several pies and what was suppose to be cinnamon rolls. The pies had no fruit just a paste colored to look like apple or blueberry and the rolls were made of some stuff that was unbaked and slimy. These items were purchased at a flea market setting (ask to sample items before you buy)

  4. Checkitout says:

    It is like everything else: compare prices and quality, then decide what to buy.

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