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.– 10 p.m. • 612.767.3322
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve + Christmas Day

Recent blog posts

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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July Events

Come take a refreshing break at the Tiny Diner this month. Whether you care about creating strategic climate change steps, animal rescue or local brews, this month’s pre-farmers’ market Thursday events will keep you satisfied. Check them out! Events take place from 5-8 in the Tiny Diner Parking lot (1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis). Can’t make it to these events? Make…

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Full Circle Farm-to-Restaurant: Chefs and managers experience rural farm work

Recently our chefs and managers from Bartmann restaurants (including the Tiny Diner) went to the rural plot at Garden  Farme to take a tour and help with harvest. In the past we have created on-the-farm events to connect chefs directly to the farm from which they order produce. This is one of the most powerful ways to increase local purchasing…

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