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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 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

Meet The Tiny Diner Farmers Market Manager, Rina Rossi

Drumroll, please: Our second annual farmers market kicked off yesterday, with homemade ice cream, beekeeping demonstrations by Mademoiselle Miel, live music from The Wheat Pennys, and more, to keep you entertained in between hopping from vendor to vendor. Our farmers market will be held every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tiny Diner parking lot until October…

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The Longest Day: Come Celebrate the Sun With Us

We’re starting our Solstice celebrations a few days early in order to soak up some more sun before we slowly move back to 12-hour days. This year’s Summer Solstice is June 21; sunrise will be at 5:26 am, and sunset will occur at 9:03 pm, making for a 15-hour and 36-minute day. The days leading up to the Solstice –…

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Chilies, Tomatillos and Pepitos: Our Albuquerque Menu Is Here

Our Albuquerque menu is here, and it has been since last month. For those of you who haven’t stopped in, or have but didn’t smell the roasting chilies, I reached out to Head Chef Taya Kaufenberg in order to incite some lust for the New Mexico-inspired fare. The Albuquerque menu is a supplement to our regular menu, so don’t fret…

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