Healthy local food

Learn about the exciting initiatives to supplement Minnesota's traditional "summer-annual" crops with perennials which can come back for more than one season, or winter-annuals which are harvested in the spring. Cooking demos, food samples, and Peace Coffee samples will be available.

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Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by sharing stories of rural renewal, and providing assistance and opportunities to rural advocates.

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Forever Green

The University of Minnesota and USDA's Forever Green initiative aims to supplement Minnesota's traditional "summer-annual" crops, which farmers plant and harvest each season, with perennials which can come back for more than one season, or winter-annuals which are planted in the fall and harvested the spring.

Join us in the local food area to see and experience some of these “new foods.” An exciting example of this is Kernza™, a hardy, perennial, wheat-like grain that offers high yields while its dense root system builds soil carbon, stores nutrients, and prevents soil erosion. With our family-friendly games, informative displays, local food sampling station and special guests, learn more about Forever Green and meet some of the entrepreneurs and organizations that make Minnesota a great place to eat.

Our live cooking demonstrations with local chefs will be on the Sustainability stage daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Peace Coffee celebrates 20 years of sourcing, roasting, and sharing exceptional organic, fairly traded coffee — join us for free coffee tastings every day from 9am to 3pm!