We offer 100% Grass-fed and certified organic milk, cream and drinkable yogurt (processed on site) and grass-fed, free range beef and pork and other natural and organic food at our farm store.  New Prague, MN

At Common Roots Cafe we serve great food with character morning, noon, and night. Our kitchen uses local and organic ingredients to create a monthly-changing menu of innovative food made from scratch every day. Whether it’s espresso on-the-go, lunch with a colleague, happy hour beer with friends, or a night on the town, you’ll always know that Common Roots provides high-quality and sustainable fare that’s accessible to all. Eat well!

Uptown Minneapolis

We grow approximately 30 acres of certified organic produce that we market, along with Bison, Elk, Lamb, Honey, Maple Syrup and many other products from neighboring farms, at our on farm store and greenhouses; some of the finest farmers markets, restaurants and food co-ops in Minnesota and Wisconsin year around. Barron, WI

Hidden Stream Farm produces MSG free meat, beef and pork with no chemicals or antibiotics based on a grass fed family farm. We are located near Elgin, MN not far from the bluffs of the Mississippi River. We raise our animals using a grass-based system. This allows us to farm in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way. It also allows us to produce a product free of any unwanted antibiotics and/or hormones. We are proud producers of happy, healthy chicken, beef, and pork.

Elgin, MN

Schultz’s chickens are free-range, certified organic and are never administered hormones or antibiotics. In fact, the family grows most of their crops, grinds their own feed, candles & grades their own eggs (the day they’re laid, unlike some farms) and handles most of their deliveries.

Owatonna, MN

Pastures A Plenty Farm is home to a hog farrow to finish operation as well as free range chickens and a seasonal cattle grazing business. Our pork is available at several Twin Cities food co-ops and also at local restaurants.

Kerkhoven, MN

A family operation specializing in producing premium-quality beef with naturally superior cattle – Limousin. Our farms are nestled along the beautiful St. Croix River and have been our passion since 1969.

The brainchild of St. Paul beer lover Mark Stutrud, Summit Brewing Company was founded with one goal: To bring back the remarkable craft beers once brewed throughout the Upper Midwest.

Located in S. Minneapolis just a few miles away from the Tiny Diner, the urban farm supplies local fruits and vegetables to our family of restaurants – Tiny Diner, Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat’s Tap, Gigi’s Cafe, Red Stag Supperclub, and Bread & Pickle.  Both the farm and Tiny Diner will have skill-sharing workshops about growing our soil, preserving our produce, and capturing water and renewable energy.

Organizations supporting local and organic agriculture

We’re here to help you learn about, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Through our programs and outreach, the Alliance has mobilized thousands of citizens and conscious consumers, congregations and communities to move toward sustainability.

In the mid-1980s, family farmers across America were in the fight of their lives. Prices had dropped below the cost of production. Family farmers were told they were inefficient and they had to either get big or get out. Deeply flawed national and international policies were the root cause of the crisis. A galvanizing effort to save the family farm helped spawn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America’s rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment.

The mission of the Land Stewardship Project is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.

The purpose of MISA is to bring together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond

Local brews and spirits

At Fulton, our passion is brewing extraordinary beer. At the same time, we acknowledge that there are other worthy pursuits. We’re inspired by people with passion and a plan–ordinary people pursuing extraordinary lives. That’s why we established the Ful10 program, which invests 10% of Fulton’s profits in ordinary entrepreneurs. Minneapolis, MN

At Harriet Brewing, we believe that intention is the most important component in creating beers. Intention is what what separates a good beer from an excellent beer.

Indeed Brewing Company produces craft beer of undeniable quality while embracing a mindful and adventurous approach to life that is reflected in the beers we brew and the people that drink them.  Minneapolis, MN

Our mission is simple: to create fine beers for you to enjoy! It is our pleasure to supply you with what you need to help you slow down and enjoy life. Whether that is a Farm Girl Saison®, Crosscut Pale Ale™, an American Pale Ale or any of our other seasonal specialties, we want to brew it our way! We hope that through every bottle and tap pull, you can taste: the history of our City, the pride and fun we have in its creation, the uncompromising natural ingredients and brewing process utilized, and ultimately our sincere hope that we have give an experience that makes you proud to be a beer drinker. Stillwater, MN

One of American’s oldest breweries–founded in 1860 in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Surly: The anger fueled by the inability to find good beer.

Other restaurants serving local foods and composting

The Real Deal. 

Northeast Minneapolis 

Named “Best French Restaurant, populist vote” by Mpls St. Paul Magazine, Barbette has also received “best of’s” from local press for its late night dining, desserts, wine list, date spot, music, and, of course, those French fries that accompany the steak frites. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night 7 days a week; presenting beautiful food in a casual, eclectic, bistro atmosphere.  Uptown Minneapolis

A cross roads of hot food and cool comfort, we made the Birchwood Cafe one part funky coffee house, one part neighborhood cafe, and two parts eclectic organic kitchen. Our original approach to good real food offers one of the most creative menus in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis, MN

Brasa serves comfort food inspired by the Creole cooking traditions of the Americas & Caribbean

Northeast Minneapolis/St. Paul

Serving locally sourced picnic food & snacks at the Lake Harriet concession stand. Open seasonally 7am-9pm daily.

Lake Harriet – Minneapolis 

A bowling alley, restaurant, bar, and cabaret theater. BLB strives to present locally sourced products on our menu. We have been in a process of moving toward making our business as sustainable and earth-friendly as possible for many years now.

Uptown Minneapolis

A small neighborhood cafe and coffee shop providing local and organic menu items. A complete selection of coffee drinks; all bakery items are made on the premises. Specialty items come and go as the seasons change. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options available.


Coffee house by day, dinner joint by night.  



Located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis just across the Mississippi River, Gorkha Palace offers authentic Nepali, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. We use high quality fresh ingredients sourced from local organic and sustainable farming. Our dairy products are organic, meats are naturally and humanely raised without hormones or antibiotics. Our spices are ground fresh, and ghee (clarified butter) is made in house.  

Northeast Minneapolis

The neighborhood bar features 4 vintage skee-ball machines, an impressive 50+ canned beer list, a wine list with organic and sustainable choices, and a menu featuring a gourmet twist to traditional bar fare.  Pat’s is committed to supporting local and organic agriculture through our menus. Pat’s is anticipating to be the 1st LEED 2009 Retail: CI Platinum Certified restaurant in the Twin Cities.


Just like the roastery/wholesale side of our business, the coffee shop is also owned by the local non-profit, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Their support, combined with a talented and hardworking team of Peace Coffee staff, friends, family, artists, craftspeople and allies transformed a raw, dusty vacant corner building into a colorful, welcoming & energizing coffee shop!


MN’s 1st LEED-CI Certified restaurant, strives to be a good local & world citizen by serving local & organic foods as much as possible, conserving resources & composting waste, and by always being on the lookout as to how to better its business practices. Serving lunch, dinner, late night, and brunch on the weekends.

Northeast Minneapolis

Our food is sourced from top quality seasonal ingredients, featuring a high percentage of local and organic products. Our menu changes every six to eight weeks, offering a mix of new and signature dishes. We consider Alma to be a truly “American” restaurant honoring many different cooking traditions and interpreting them with our unique creative vision.


Big Noodle Little Noodle – is a Minneapolis Thai restaurant featuring rice and noodle dishes. We are located in Northeast Minneapolis on Central Avenue. Sen Yai Thai is perfect for a relaxing dinner out in the City’s funky, arts-intensive neighborhood. Or stop in for a bowl of noodles, to pick up some Thai take-out, or to have a glass of wine at the bar.

Northeast Minneapolis