The Heartland Food Network’s Third Thursday debuts on January 18th, 2007, and continues on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Heartland participating restaurants.
Each Third Thursday is a day to dine out and celebrate local flavors at restaurants that offer the best foods from our regional producers. Throughout that day, the chefs at Heartland member restaurants will prepare special recipes that showcase local ingredients. Dining out on a Third Thursday allows us the opportunity to thank our local chefs, farmers, producers, and distributors for their diligent work and to show our support for their commitments to local food. And, it’s a delicious way to watch the seasons change through the specials the chefs create each month!
So mark your calendars and eat out every Third Thursday at one of the Heartland member restaurants. To locate restaurant members and for more information on the Heartland Food Network visit www.heartlandfoodnetwork.org and click on Third Thursday or call the Heartland Food Network hotline at 651.645.6159 x 111!
Note: Restaurants who are members of the Heartland Food Network purchase local foods and commit to increase the quantity of local ingredients they purchase each year.
Agriculture & Water
The Minnesota Project works to ensure that fair farm systems reward family farmers for growing diverse crops while protecting soil and water resources. We do this by bringing together agricultural and environmental interests at the state and national level to create policies that benefit family farms and rural communities.
The Minnesota Project has convened a broad dialogue process to unite efforts to increase the availability of sustainably produced local foods, that has culminated in The Heartland Food Network. The Heartland Food Network is an organized network of local food supporters who demonstrate their support by purchasing verifiable amounts of local and/or sustainably certified products. Read more about it.
We work to greatly expand development of Minnesota’s renewable energy resources — wind, biomass, and solar. We also promote policy and practices that result in efficient use of energy. We bring together rural development, agricultural and environmental interests to advance the knowledge, capacity and policies needed for a thriving clean energy industry in the Midwest.
Clean Energy News
The Minnesota Project is pleased to announce its new Clean Energy Program Manger, Ryan Stockwell. Ryan will be building upon the Minnesota Project’s history of policy development and analysis, project assistance and guidance, and public education. He will lead the Clean Energy Program’s current work dealing with anaerobic digesters, community-owned wind energy development, and Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS). Click here.
The Minnesota Project congratulates Linda and Jerry Jennissen of the Jer-Lindy Dairy on their receipt of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Good Farm Neighbor Award. The MDA recognized their continued good land stewardship and the work on their methane digester. The Good Farm Neighbor Award honors farmers “who show the utmost concern for their neighbors, their animals and the environment.” Click here.
For more information on the DIGESTER FIELD DAY, click here.
Haubenschild dairy farm featured on PBS NewsHour program for trading carbon credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange, to learn more about the Haubenschild dairy farm click here. To watch the PBS video click here.
Minnesota Project’s Local Food Program Assistant, Annalisa Hultberg is overseeing the creation of a GIS-based Local Foods map for the state of Minnesota in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Land Stewardship Program. Read more.
The Minnesota Project is pleased to announce its new Local Food Program Manager, Jennifer Blecha. Jennifer will coordinate the Heartland Food Network, a collaborative network of farmers, distributors and restaurants. She will also be expanding research on distribution systems and tackling inequities in access to local foods. Her expertise includes local food systems, sustainable agriculture, municipal composting and urban livestock. She has most recently come from San Francisco State University where she was on the faculty of the geography department, teaching courses on food, agriculture, waste reduction and recycling. Read more.
Heartland Food Network welcomes its newest restaurant and dining establishment members – Bryant Lake Bowl, French Meadow Café and Minneapolis Marriot City Center. We thank all of our members for their dedication to purchasing and using local foods. Read more about our members.
Congratulations to Carla Blumberg and Barbara Neubert from Chester Creek Cafe At Sara’s Table in Duluth for being named one of the Top Ten Farm to Table Restaurants in America according to Epicurious.com. For more information, please check out their site.
To learn more about Heartland Food Network Members, please click here.
The Heartland Food Network Online Marketplace is a new and innovative online opportunity for local chefs, farmers and distributors to find connect market and find local ingredients.
Winona artist and writer Martha Greenwald passed away October 31, 2008. She served as the Executive Director of Minnesota Project starting in 1983 where she lead its planning services for small Minnesota communities. Martha leaves a rich legacy as an interdisciplinary artist, writer and social entrepreneur. Our communities, the arts and the environment are the better for her work on issues related to art, psychology, spirituality, environmental sustainability and social change. To learn more, please click here.