Welcome to Tiny Diner

The Tiny Diner and Farm is a small place with big ideas. We believe it’s the little things that count, so we’re creating menus with as many local foods as we can, including the stuff we grow ourselves.

Every month we pay tribute to diner towns across the USA, exploring different ways to use our Midwestern bounty.We’re producing energy with our patio roof/solar array, increasing urban soil fertility, and creating a natural habitat for pollinators and urban wildlife in what’s basically our own backyard.

We’re partnering with the Permaculture Institute-Cold Climate (www.pricoldclimate.org) to present skill shares and permaculture design classes, and working a plot on one of Minnesota’s earliest organic farms, Garden Farme in Anoka County.  The Tiny Diner showcases biointensive urban farming methods and efficient water use strategies through its edible gardens and rain water catchments systems. In partnership with the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate and Master Water Stewards of the Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, visitors can see and read about small-scale installations like an edible perennial garden and rain water catchment techniques.

From its hardscape to its landscape, this Diner was designed to provide a renovated example of whole system design: low impact, educational, and tangibly tasty.

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1024 East 38th St. • Minneapolis, MN

Open daily 7 a.m.– 9 p.m., Open Labor Day • 612.767.3322
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve + Christmas Day

Recent blog posts

Our Farmer’s Market is open! Aug-Sept

One of our great produce vendors, Heirloomista. If you missed our first two farmers’ markets this month, fear not! We have 7 more markets through the end of September that you can come to and check out. Each Thursday, from 5-7pm, our parking lot at the Tiny Diner transforms into a fest of fresh local produce, music, community resource booths,…

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Abundance in August at TDFM

Much of the edible abundance from local farms in Minnesota happens during the months of August and September. This means that our farm plots at Garden Farme are bursting at the garden seams. Our farm manager Tony Root is working overtime, alongside his harvest assistant Sammy, to bring fresh, local and delicious produce to the Tiny Diner. Right now, he…

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Butterfly weed to the rescue!

Butterfly weed (Ascelpias tuberosa), also known as orange milkweed, pleurisy root, silky swallow-wort, and butterfly love, is a perennial native plant with clusters of orange or yellow flowers from early summer to early fall. Unlike other milkweeds, this plant does not have milky sap in its tissue. It is easy to grow from seed yet does not like transplanting due…

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