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Five Surprising Places to Eat Local
Monday, March 03, 2014 8:35 AM

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Simple Good and Tasty
by Christina Vanov

School cafeterias are always getting a bum rap. The term “mystery meat” has connections to school lunches, after all. But for the past two years, Minneapolis Public Schools have been among those working to change that image by offering up more vegetables, fruits, and meats sourced within a short drive from their bastions of knowledge.

Students opting for the salad bar will find fresh-sliced cucumbers from the Hmong American Farmers’ Association, located in Lakeville & Afton; butternut squash from L&R Poultry and Produce in Kenyon; and kale from Seed to Seed Farm in Clear Lake, Wisc. The schools also source local, free-range, antibiotic-free turkey from Ferndale Market and all-beef hot dogs from Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls...READ MORE