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Local Farmers and Menomonie Market Celebrate New Micro Grant Program to Benefit Local Farms and Food Producers

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August 27, 2018 

(Menomonie, WI)-  Thursday, September 6th from 6-7:00 pm the Menomonie Market Food Co-op will host the first annual Fund our Foodshed Grant Review Open House. The event is free and open to the public.

Despite Growth In Numbers, Many Farmers' Markets Face Fierce Competition

Beliot Market

Farmers’ markets provide many benefits for communities of all sizes. They offer a physical location for people to connect with their neighbors, access farm-fresh and healthy foods, and learn more about how food is grown.

Wisconsin's Farmers' Markets Come In Many Sizes And Structures

Whitewater Farmers Market

As many Wisconsinites know, not all farmers' markets are the same, but they are found in all types of communities – cities, small towns, suburbs and rural areas. With differences in size, rules and management styles, many of these markets offer unique features and face diverse challenges in providing localized access to fresh foods and other products.

Small Farms: The backbone of a healthy local foodshed

(Menomonie, WI)-  In April the Menomonie Market Food Co-op (MMFC) launched the Fund our Foodshed Grant Program, a program funded by co-op customers through a round-up at the register program and a donation by the co-op. The program furthers the co-op’s mission of creating a thriving and healthy foodshed by supporting the growth of regional farming, food processing, and product development in the Chippewa Valley.
 

Food Entrepreneur Roundtable and a tour of Forage Eau Claire

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Food Entrepreneur's Roundtable and a visit to Forage EC

Forage Eau Claire recently held a roundtable for Food Entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley.  The event was sponsored by Forage and the Western Dairyland Business Center. The discussion included the growth of Forage, the difficulties of being a food entrepreneur, and a tour of the Forage commercial kitchen and new pop-up food event space. The event was led by Forage owners Kristen Dexter and Michelle Thiede.

How Americans Forgot And Rediscovered The Values Of Farmers' Markets

In a highly connected age of smartphone shopping and new automated grocery delivery services, a trip to a local farmers' market can seem like an anachronistic journey to the past. The streets and parking lots where markets are often held find neighbors greeting each other amid fresh produce and baked goods as live music fills the air, creating a different atmosphere than supermarkets, much less a glowing screen at home.

Crystal Ball Barn Fire

Crystal Ball Fire

Sad news to report this morning in the local food department. Beloved Osceola organic milk supplier Crystal Ball suffered a devastating barn fire last night, and the barn is a total loss. Thanks to an unknown person reporting the fire to the family they managed to remove all of the cows from the barn and they are all doing fine. 

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