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Beth Dooley arrived in Minnesota from her native New Jersey with preconceptions about the Midwestern food scene. Having learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen, shopping at farm stands, and making preserves, she couldn’t help but wonder, Do people here really eat swampy broccoli, iceberg lettuce, and fried chicken for lunch everyday?”
These assumptions quickly faded as she began to explore farmers markets and the burgeoning co-op scene in the Twin Cities and eventually discovered a local food movement strong enough to survive the toughest winter. From the husband and wife who run one of the largest organic farms in the region to Native Americans harvesting wild rice, and from award-winning cheesemakers to Hmong immigrant farmers growing the best sweet potatoes in the country, a rich ecosystem of farmers, artisanal producers, and restaurateurs comes richly to life in this fascinating book, demonstrating that even in a place with a short growing season, food grown locally and organically can be healthy, community-based, environmentally conscious, and most of all delicious.
Beth Dooley is the author of six books and cookbooks, including, with Lucia Watson, Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland (a James Beard Nominee) and Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook. A frequent guest on American Public Radio’s The Splendid Table, she also writes for the Star Tribune and other publications. She lives in Minneapolis.