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spudchef Oct 12, 2008 09:48 AM

I am looking for names/websites/addresses of artisanal bakers/ cheesemakers/farmers for a series of articles in a local paper maybe even video. Does anybody have a suggestion? Especially looking within a 200 mile radius of St. Clous mn area but any will do. Thanks

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  1. MSPD Oct 13, 2008 08:04 AM


    Call Alex Roberts (Alma and Brasa) and Lenny Russo (Heartland) and Brenda Langton (Cafe Brenda and Spoonriver) and follow their networks.

    1. diesel Oct 13, 2008 02:46 PM

      cupcakes: miel y leche

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        shoo bee doo Oct 13, 2008 06:47 PM

        Green Pastures Dairy - in Carlton, MN near Duluth. Beautiful cheeses.


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          keg Oct 14, 2008 01:19 AM

          It seems to me that the slow food movement embraces what you're talking about. http://slowfoodmn.org/local.html

          The lists here are very representative for the most part (never knew Broder's had Slow Food cred).

          Rustica Bread is the best local traditional hand made product. I wouldn't miss Lucia Watson's take on the topic as she's got longevity. Is St. Clous within 200 miles of the Twin Cities? I haven;t heard of it.

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          1. re: keg
            BigE Oct 14, 2008 09:16 AM

            I assume you are referring to St. Cloud, which is probably 60-70 miles NW of Minneapolis, right up I-94.

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            soupkitten Oct 14, 2008 09:36 AM

            the folks at classic provisions, distributor/supplier to higher-end cheesemongers in the area, can probably give you a great list of artisanal local cheese makers. 763-544-2025.

            heartland food network http://www.mnproject.org/food-heartland.html
            southeast mn food network http://southeastmnfoodnetwork.com/smfn/

            1. jillbcooks Oct 14, 2008 10:08 AM

              Check out the St. Paul Farmer's Market. The bylaws require all foods sold to be from a 150 mile radius (or something like it). Lots of small purveyors (jerky, honey, cheese). If you are doing research from a distance, start with their webpage.


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