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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 Minnesota’s first organic farm, 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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Recent blog posts

MSP Mag Restaurant Week February 19-24, 2017

Celebrate the best of Twin Cities dining with a week’s worth of great deals in the Twin Cities’ trendiest and best restaurants. Tiny Diner is featuring a 2 course $15 lunch menu and a 3 course $20 dinner menu.

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And the winner of the 3rd Annual Tomato Tasting is…

This past glorious Sunday, we had over 120 people come to the 3rd Annual Tomato Tasting at the Tiny Diner. In partnership with Seed Sages, we had 35+ varieties donated by local farmers and gardeners (see the list below). With great music in the background by Heart of a Tinman and Eli Utne, 81people voted for their 1st, 2nd and 3rd…

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Pancake Breakfast and Plant Swap Fundraiser for the PRI Cold Climate on May 14th!

This Saturday May 14th from 9am to noon the Tiny Diner is throwing a Pancake Breakfast and Plant Swap Fundraiser for the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate. PRI Cold Climate is a local non-profit that implements whole system health for communities through classes, workshops, events and online resources. Bring the whole family, support PRI and get pancakes and plants! Come with or without extra plants (annuals and perennials)…

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