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Local Food

What is local?

MPS adheres to the Good Food Purchasing Program's definition of local food, which defines "local" as being sourced and/or produced within 250 miles (500 miles for meat) of our location. Learn more about the Good Food Purchasing Program

For our Farm to School items, we typically partner with farms located within 100 miles of Minneapolis. 

Local Produce

If it grows in our region and it’s in season, you can bet the produce on our menu is locally-grown!  We source many of these fruits and vegetables from small, minority-owned, family or beginning farms, which call these “Farm to School" items. If we're not able to source it from one of our Farm to School partner farms, then we'll look for ways to buy it from another local source. 
Farm to School items (depending on the season) include: Apples, Beauty Heart Radishes, Beets, Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac, Celery, Cucumbers, Delicata Squash, Golden Beets, Honeydew, Jalapeno Peppers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Parsnips, Purple Daikon Radishes, Red Potatoes, Red Radishes, Romaine, Russet Potatoes, Rutabaga, Spaghetti Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Yukon Gold Potatoes. Learn more about our Farm to School partner farms.

Local Meats

MPS partners with two local meat suppliers to source high-quality meat products for our students:

  • Ferndale Market (Cannon Falls, MN) - Free Range Turkey, raised without the use of antibiotics 
  • Thousand Hills Cattle Company (Cannon Falls, MN) - 100% Grass Beef
  • Smart Chicken (Waverly, NE) - Fresh Chicken, humanely Raised without the use of antibiotics 

Other Local Foods

We also serve a variety grains, baked goods, and other foods from local producers and vendors:
  • Annie B's Popcorn and Caramel (Kellog, MN) - Caramel
  • Barrel O' Fun (Perham, MN) - Tortilla Chips, Pretzels
  • Bongard Creameries (Norwood Young America, MN) - Cheese
  • Captain Ken's (St. Paul, MN) - Vegetarian Baked Beans
  • Catallia Mexican Foods (St. Paul, MN) - Whole Grain Tortillas
  • Citrus Systems (Hopkins, MN) - Fruit Juices & Smoothies
  • Cookie Cart (Minneapolis, MN) - Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Favorable Treats (Minneapolis, MN) - Frozen Cookie Dough
  • Flavor Temptations (Madison, WI) - Organic Indian Spices
  • Foran Spice Company (Oak Creek, WI) - Taco Seasoning
  • Grassland Dairy (Milwaukee, WI) - Butter
  • Great Northern Bakery (Minneapolis, MN) - Cookies, Breakfast Breads, Dinner Rolls, Corn Muffins
  • InHarvest (Bemidji, MN) - Cous Cous, Quinoa, Farro, Wheat Berries, Wild Rice
  • Jonny Pop (St. Louis Park, MN) - Jonny Pops
  • Land O' Lakes (Arden Hills, MN) - Plain Yogurt
  • La Perla (Minneapolis, MN) - Tostadas
  • Mixmi (Minneapolis, MN) - Frozen Yogurt 
  • Pan O' Gold (St. Cloud, MN) - Sliced Bread, Hot Dog Buns, Hamburger Bun
  • Salsa Lisa (Minneapolis, MN) - Salsa
  • Shroeder's Agropur (St. Paul, MN) - Milk
  • Sunny Fresh (Monticello, MN) - Eggs
  • Westby Creamery (Westby, WI) - Sour Cream, Yogurt