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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

Farm Update 10/5/15: Fresh Fall is Here!

Tiny Diner Farm Tomatoes 2015 With the fall colors seeping into the farm, the frost whispers at our farm gate. It is still fairly warm for October but we know that every growing season in the north country must take a healthy break. And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the frost and the slow…

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Farm Update: 9/29/15 Summer is winding down…

Summer evening in September at the Tiny Diner Farm After a flurry of farm-related activities last week, our urban and rural sites are finally starting to wind down – both in terms of crop production and fall workshops/events. Last week we held our 3rd Annual Minneharvest party and our 2nd Annual Tomato Tasting. Both events were full of great tastings…

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Tomato, Tomatoe

It turns out that all tomatoes are not treated equally. This Thursday, September 24, at the Tiny Diner Farmers Market, you’ll have an opportunity to literally taste the differences (for free!) at our second annual Tomato Tasting. In partnership with our local seed stewardship company, Seed Sages, we will have unique and colorful varieties for you to taste. Stop by…

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