Our Farmer’s Market is open! Aug-Sept

One of our great produce vendors, Heirloomista.

If you missed our first two farmers’ markets this month, fear not! We have 7 more markets through the end of September that you can come to and check out. Each Thursday, from 5-7pm, our parking lot at the Tiny Diner transforms into a fest of fresh local produce, music, community resource booths, crafts, and interactive explorations for everyone.

Each market has an interactive, educational themed activity to help us connect to another vital aspect of the living system we are a part of. This month, we have events centered around dog care, youth voices, and water use awareness. Check out a thorough description of all our FM events here.

We also are giving out stamp cards for every purchase at the Market. Once you have filled this card up with a few purchase stamps, you can turn it into our Market Manager and receive a gift certificate to the Tiny Diner. Support local produce, and receive free Diner food. So come on down! If you would like to be part of the market as a vendor, or know of someone who does, pleas send them our way. Contact Andrea: andrea.e@tinydiner.com.

 

Abundance in August at TDFM

Much of the edible abundance from local farms in Minnesota happens during the months of August and September. This means that our farm plots at Garden Farme are bursting at the garden seams. Our farm manager Tony Root is working overtime, alongside his harvest assistant Sammy, to bring fresh, local and delicious produce to the Tiny Diner.

Right now, he is harvesting baby potatoes of rare colors like purples and reds, cherry tomatoes, kale, tons of edible flowers, peppers, ground cherries, scallions, summer squash, and herbs galore. Plus this year, in honor of Bruce Bacon’s hard work and dedication to high-quality, artisan garlic, Tony is helping harvest the garlic bulbs that Bruce planted last fall before he passed away. He is selling fresh garlic to restaurants in case you know any interested establishments (contact koby@tinydiner.com). These profits will go directly to supporting future farm endeavors at Garden Farme.

September will bring a whole new wave of ready-to-eat fresh produce, including large tomatoes, spicy peppers, large onions, and more squash. Be sure to check out our Farmers’ Market this month on Thursdays from 5-8pm to see the kinds of produce other local farmers are growing and to support local food economies. You will get a chance to talk to Sammy at the TDFM booth and find out how our rural grow site is doing!

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 to its sturdy taproot. It can handle dry and wet soils. Not only is it a very pretty/showy plant, it is a good source of nectar for Monarchs. Plus its pods can be used in flower arrangements and other art projects and they are easy seeds to save and share.

If you would like to see one in action, we have a very lush butterfly weed plant in our rain garden on the east side of the tiny Diner, right near the Pollinator Condo.

Butterfly weed in the Tiny Diner rain garden. July 2018

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 sure to join us during our other markets this season.

 

Climate Carnival with MN350
Thursday July 19th 5-8

We are kicking off our first mini-market by packing the parking lot with live music, activities for the whole family, and grilled food by Chef Zach! MN350 will be hosting conversations about how they are working to keep our environment and climate safe. MN350 is a climate justice organization fighting to win a livable future for all. Come learn about what we can do together to protect our communities! There will be tons of free activities as well as live music by the amazing Miss Myra and The Moonshiners and the 
and See More Perspective.

Pups and Pints: Beer for a Cause
Thursday July 26th 5-8

Do you like dogs? How about local beer, live music and supporting rescue organizations? Yeah, we thought so! We are partnering with our friends at Pryes Brewery and Ruff Start Rescue for a night of delicious beer and live
music. We will be pouring $4 pints all night with 100% of the proceeds from every Pryes beer going to save lives and provide housing and medical care for animals in need. Drink some beer, grab some grub and check out vendors
at our mini-market. Featuring live music by Minneapolis-based bands The Symptones and Beasthead

Dogs and dog owners encouraged to attend!

 

Got questions? Suggestions? Write to Andrea Eger, Education and Market Coordinator: Andrea.e@tinydiner.com

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 and to educate the whole restaurant staff on organic farm philosophies and real-world applications. This year was the most successful event so far given the quality of interactions, produce and high number of staff who attended (20+ people).

It was a true Minnesota summer day with tons of humidity, sun, and horseflies. The conditions were easy to ignore, however, because the garden treats and information were refreshing. Tony Root (Rural Farm Manager) and Koby Hagen (TD Farm, Garden and Market Adviser) walked the chefs through bountiful rows in the upper garden. They highlighted the intense polyculture plantings, mulching for soil building, and the various crops that are in season. Summer squashes and cherry tomatoes were just starting to ripen, and peas and scallions were bountiful.

After the tour, everyone got their hands a dirty clean by picking fresh peas and turnips for delivery. Each person partnered up with another and picked 10+ rows of peas. After the morning harvest was finished, we gathered on the picnic table lawn and had a BBQ lunch together. We reflected on our experiences and connections to the garden, to fresh food and to each other. It was a very meaningful and lasting experience for all. Connections like this are what we hope to recreate at all of our establishments to encourage healthy community building over delicious food, honest work and good company.

We hope to have another chef reunion at the farm in September, where even more people will be able to experience the power of food and farming, and the beauty of Garden Farme.

People Power: Trianna

Tria Frey

There is only one person who has been a working staff member at the Tiny Diner almost as long as me and that person is the amazing Tria (short for Trianna). Tria has been a server as well as a solid pillar through all of the Tiny Diner’s growing pains and gains. You will recognize her friendly face if you come to the TD during the week for breakfast or lunch. Despite having a full schedule as a friend, gardener, mom, and server, she took some precious time to share with us a glimpse into what makes her tick.

We are so grateful for Tria, who brings true people power to the restaurant and to any community she is in. Thank you for your 5+ years of wonderful and friendly service! 

Written by Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen, Tiny Diner Farm, Garden, and Market Director

Here is a note from Trianna Frey, in her own words: 

 

Hi, everybody!

I’ve been a server at Tiny Diner for about 4 years now. I started just a couple of weeks after the restaurant opened. I suppose at this point (about 20 years in) I’d have to call myself a career server. As such, I was attracted to Tiny in part because of the possibility of daytime hours after so long working nights and weekends. What really intrigued me, though, was the permaculture and the farm-to-table concept. I’ve been an avid gardener for many years. I also took a permaculture and urban farming certification course a few years ago, so it seemed like a perfect fit. The universe confirmed that for me. When I showed up one afternoon in early July to apply, the first person I saw was Paula Westmoreland (designer of the landscape surrounding Tiny), who was my mentor when I studied for my certificate. Neat.

Well, I got my daytime hours, hooray! I’ve found that I really love working in a neighborhood diner. My guests are fantastic! I’ve also found some really good friends among my coworkers, and getting to know our farmers has really enriched my knowledge and interest in growing food.

An aerial view of one of Tria’s straw bale gardens.

My life outside of work is pretty simple. I have 2 lovely daughters (12 and 15). I read. I garden. I’m in the second year of experimenting with straw bale gardening. So far I really like it. I see a LOT of live music! That girl dancing like nobody is watching, moving with the vibration of the sound all around town? Yep, that’s me.
I have had dreams of doing something more with my gift for growing. Exactly what, I’m not sure. Right now I’m raising 2 teenagers, working full time, and trying to have some fun with the money I make. I definitely choose not to stress myself out by trying to do too much. Stress is a killer, and I won’t do it to myself. I’m happy with what I have at the moment.
Did I mention I also live just 8 blocks from Tiny? It’s the perfect job for me. 😊

Thanks to Koby for highlighting me. She’s so lovely. She’s also the only person who has been at Tiny longer than me. Haha! A happy day to all, and I hope to serve you coffee and great food someday soon!

Tria and her family

 

 

Yummy June Harvests!

Harvested Flashy Trout Back Lettuce in a cooling bath before delivery.
Fresh snow peas on a trellis.

Are you wondering what we are harvesting at our rural farm right now? What is in season?

In May, we were harvesting delicious tender greens like arugula, lettuce mixes, baby amaranth leaf mixes, and edible Johnny jump-up flowers. This June, Rural Farm Manager Tony Root has begun to harvest twice a week for our restaurants (Tiny Diner, Red Stag, Barbette, The Bird). Harvest includes radishes, baby carrots and beets, a new round of salad mixes, dill, garlic scapes, mustard greens and flowers, yellow snow peas, and tiny sweet peppers (so early)!

Given the increase in harvest times and produce this month, Tony will have a harvest assistant joining him. We are excited to welcome Patrick to our seasonal team for the next couple of months. Make sure to support small, healthy farms and farmers like Tony. Buy local, seasonal produce. Here is a list of seasonal June crops this month:

 

Seasonal June Crops: amaranth and lambs’ quarters leaves, arugula, asparagus (early June), dill, garlic scapes, green onion, honeyberries,lettuce, mulberries, snow peas radishes, raspberries (early kind), spinach, serviceberries, rhubarb

Filled harvest crates waiting for delivery to restaurants.

 

Vote and voice with your dollar.

Buy in season crops from your farmers and farmers’ markets this year.

Let your local restaurants know you are willing to pay more for local produce on their menus.

People Power: Edid Torres

Too often the hardest working, creative, funny people at restaurants are behind swinging doors or behind stoves, to busy to speak to the people that are eating the food they prepare. As we all know, the food preppers, sous chefs and head chefs are the pillars of any restaurant. Therefore, the “People Power” section in our monthly newsletter (June 2018) showcases Edid Torres, our head chef at the Tiny Diner. He took a few precious moments to share a glimpse into what he does inside and outside of the Diner.

 

So what do you do at the Diner?

I manage the staff in the kitchen and their schedules, complete food orders, inventory costs of dishes, create recipes for special events and menu changes, and ensure our food is make correctly. I support the line and prep cooks and ensure they are following the right procedures.

 

What do you enjoy on the new menu?

This week, I like the Huevos Rancheros and the Rice Noodle Salad.

 

Where will you be in 5 years?

In the next 5 years, I hope to continue to increase my skill set each day at the Tiny Diner. One of my main goals is to go back to my home in Cuernavaca and open up a few businesses in my community like a restaurant and hardware store.

 

Besides cooking, what else do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy playing basketball, soccer and running.

 

Thank you Edid Torres for your attentiveness, energy and care at the Tiny Diner. We recognize your hard work!

One of Edid’s favorite dishes on the menu: Huevos Rancheros.

Happy Solstice! Midsommer’s Night Party with GOAT YOGA 6/21

Whether you like yoga or not, this Thursday night June 21st at the Tiny Diner will surely help you feel rejuvenated, excited about life and light, and connect with other living beings!

A night filled with GOATS, SUN-HONORING CREATIONS, MUSIC, and so much more. We invite you to stop by our Midsommer’s Night event from 5-8pm to celebrate the beginning of summer and honor the solstice. We will have goats from GOAT SHINE, light refreshments, sun prints for all to create, self-guided TD tours, and other crafts to connect us to each other and the earth. And did we say that this is all FREE? Yes it is free for all.

For more information, please contact the Tiny Diner Workshop Coordinator Andrea Eger: andrea.e@tinydiner.com.

 

Kid goats from Goat Shine and fabulous goat products like soap and lotion will be at this Midsommer’s Night Party. Come say hello!

 

 

2018 June Classes and Events

Check out all of our great classes and events this June including our special summer solstice event with GOAT YOGA: Midsommer’s Night Party on June 21st!

 

Please send RSVPs and questions to andrea.e@tinydiner.com.

Cherries on a cherry tree. Courtesy of www.todayIfoundout.com.

 

*Learn Your Weeds!*

Thursday June 7th

5:30-6:30pm

Ever heard the phrase “know your enemy”? In this class, that is exactly
what we aim to do! You will learn to identify common weeds and discover
their purpose in your garden. We’ll talk about how some weeds might not be
your enemy after all by discussing which weeds are beneficial,
edible/medicinal, or help improve soil health. We’ll also talk about how
looking at what’s growing in your yard can teach you a lot about what’s
happening under the soil. This class will meet at Tiny Diner and then
travel one block to Bancroft-Meridian Garden. This class is also offered on
Monday August 13th. This is a free class!

This class is taught by Neal Baxter, the coordinator of Bancroft-Meridian
Garden, and Andrea Eger, Tiny Diner’s Permaculture Education and Market
Manager.

 

*Bees and Buddies Class*

Saturday June 9th

10:00-11:00am

Curious to learn more about the insects in your backyard? Join us for an
educational hour at Tiny Diner as we learn about different insect groups
with a special focus on bees. After we learn about the main insects group,
we’ll take a walk around the Tiny Diner gardens and see what we can find!
We’ll also take a look at what’s buzzing around at the Pollinator Hotel.
This is a perfect class for families. Join us for class and then stay
awhile for some grub (excuse the pun). This class is $5.

This class is taught by Jessica Miller, the owner of Dragons Wynd, an
entomologist outreach organization. Check out more of her work on her
website www.dragonswynd.com.

 

*Mulching 101*

Thursday June 14th

6:30-7:00

Learn how to use water efficiently and protect your plants and soil with
mulch! What is mulch and why is it important for our gardens, farms and
potted plants? Come learn how to source, apply and work with mulch in your
space. It will save you money and labor power as well as make your plants
healthier. This class is a $5-10 sliding scale fee.

This class is taught by Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen, TD Garden and Market Adviser,
who designed and installed the TD Gardens and has years of experience in
rural and urban permaculture design.

 

Midsommer’s Nigh Party With Goat Yoga!

Thursday June 21st

5-8pm

Remember a couple months ago when it was dark at 4:00?? Put those terrible dark days behind you and join us on Thursday June 21st to celebrate the sunniest day of the year! We’ll celebrate the Summer Solstice and all the beautiful things that the increased sunlight brings: energy, growth, and light. We’ll fill the parking lot with fun activities so you can go “around the sun” with crafts, demonstrations, and live music. Ever heard of goat yoga? Yeah, we’ll have that! Goat Shine is bringing a van full of baby goats and will be hosting 4 beginner yoga sessions where you can play with the goats as you stretch and rejuvenate.

Note: All pre-sale tickets are sold out but we have reserved some for first-come-first-serve the day of the event! Stop by to check it out!

 

*How to Grow/Pick/Preserve Your Own Cherries*

Friday June 22nd

11:30-12:30pm

Come and join us for an informal lunch hour class with Tiny Diner’s
Education Coordinator Andrea Eger and the Bancroft-Meridian Garden
Coordinator Neal Baxter to learn all about how to grow your own cherries!
We’ll meet at Tiny Diner and then walk a block and a half to
Bancroft-Meridian Garden where we’ll pick ripe cherries, talk about best
varieties to grow in Minnesota, how/when to pick them, and our favorite
recipes to preserve and enjoy them. This is a free and kid-friendly event.

 

*Organic Pest Management for the Home Gardener*

Sunday June 24th

4-5:30pm

Struggling to control pests in your gardens? Join us for a conversation
with Professor Vera Krischik as she discusses tips to control insects in a
sustainable, chemical-free way. Learn how to determine when to treat and
about alternatives to spraying. She will also compare organic methods and
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for garden pests and bees. Vera has been
studying pesticides impact on bees for many years and so will also discuss
best practices for home gardeners to minimize negative effects on bees and
local pollinators while controlling unwanted pests. Come with your
questions! This is a free class but space is limited! RSVP to
andrea.e@tinydiner.com. This is a free class!

Vera Krischik has been a professor at the University of Minnesota in the
Department of Entomology for the past twenty years and has served as the
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator for the USDA.

 

*Kids Camp with Herban Adventures Series! *

Herban Adventures are back at Tiny Diner with more amazing classes to
engage your children in healthy eating and gardening! Classes can be taken
individually or as a series. Classes are ideal from children 3-9 but all
ages are welcome. Preregister and save! Tickets for single classes: $20 in
advance/$25 at the door, series tickets: $45 in advance/$55 at the door.
Find links to pre-pay at Tiny Diner Facebook page. Email Andrea for
pay-what-you-can option or to RSVP.

 

*Class 1: What’s Growing in the Tiny Garden*

Wednesday June 13th

9:00-11:00am

Join us for a class exploring the magic of common herbs and plants you’ll
find growing in the Tiny Diner garden. Everyone will have the opportunity
to engage with the various plants through a sensory experience of taste,
touch and smell and learn about herbs through interactive games and songs.
At the end of our time together, we’ll share a garden sun tea & snack.

 

*Class 2:* *Wilderness First Aid: An Herban Adventurer’s Guide to Cuts,
Bruises and Other Mishaps*

Wednesday June 20th

9:00-11:00am

The outdoors is a place of wild exploration, amazing treasures and
potential pitfalls. In the second class of the series, we’ll learn how to
plan ahead and take care of ourselves when disaster strikes. You’ll be able
to laugh at a mosquito bite, take care of a pesky splinter, and stop a cut
from bleeding. Be prepared with knowledge of herbal first aid and you’ll be
able to walk the woods with confidence!

 

*Class 3: Create Your Own Tiny Garden: Love, Care and Feeding of Your
Herbal Friends*

Wednesday June 27th

9:00-11:00am

Now that we have gotten to know the plants, we’ll get the chance to grow
them! In the third class of the series, we will learn how plants can be
grown and cared for in our own spaces. We will plant herbs together & learn
how they are helpful for pollinators and other animals. Each group will
leave home with a planted herb of their choice!

These classes are taught by Megan Mastel, owner and founder of Natura North
Holistic Health: naturanorth.com, and Clare Gardner Nieto, a herbalist and
flower essence therapist who can be found on the web at
www.claregardnernieto.com.