Our education and outreach program, Minnesota Cooks, highlights our commitment to local food producers.
Minnesota Farmers Union has been a driving force behind the local food movement in Minnesota. In 2003, we created Minnesota Cooks™, a program devoted to celebrating and highlighting the partnerships between Minnesota’s dedicated family farmers and talented chefs, cooks and restaurant owners from around the state who work tirelessly to highlight farm-fresh foods on their menus.
The idea that farms and restaurants could work together directly to support and help each other succeed was still far from mainstream back in 2003, but that didn’t stop Minnesota’s innovative community from galvanizing and forging powerful business relationships, resulting in a new food system for our state revolving around local foods. Since its creation, Minnesota Cooks’s mission has been to highlight these critical partnerships, tell their stories, drive consumers toward Minnesota-grown foods and inform people about where their food comes from.
Through our one-day event at the Minnesota State Fair, an accompanying calendar sent to MFU members, the public television program Farm Fresh Road Trip and the book The Farmer and the Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories, Minnesota Cooks strengthens the health and fabric of Minnesota’s farms, restaurants, households and economy by connecting consumers with locally grown foods. Minnesota Cooks ultimately demonstrates that locally grown food is a viable economic opportunity for many family farmers.
To learn more about Minnesota Cooks, visit its website, www.minnesotacooks.org.