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. • 612.767.3322
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve + Christmas

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Recent blog posts

Cooking for holidays and your health

Keep your body, your farmers, friends and local soil healthy by choosing the BEST ingredients and foodstuffs for your holiday cooking this winter. While some of you may already know how to source high-quality eggs, meats and vegetables, the United States food system and diluted corporate marketing schemes are riddled with efforts to make us buy bad products with feel-good…

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Beyond Careless Consumption: Local Gifts & Giving

While advertised deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday (project $6 billion in sales this season) call many of us to fulfill the gift lists of our loved ones, take a breath. Slow down and think about the purpose of gift giving as well as the effects our purchase power may have on other people and ecosystems around the world….

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November in the Tiny Diner Gardens

Ornamental tobacco with November’s first snowflakes. Into hibernation we go. As the daylight hours grow shorter this month and the cold comes to blanket our gardens with snow, our plants retreat just like we feel like doing. Our annual accenting flowers like zinnias and sunflowers will die completely along with our rooftop peppers and tomatoes. Our perennial plants like apples,…

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