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What’s does local mean? We support 150+ independent vendors in Minnesota and Wisconsin like farmers, bakers, cheesemakers and more! And did you know the Co-op prioritizes purchases from vendors located in the Lake Superior Bioregion? The Lake Superior Bioregion includes the counties immediately surrounding Lake Superior. Meet some our of wonderful vendors below. If you’re curious what’s in season for our growers, check out our Local Growing Season guide.

Meet our vendors

Northwoods Botanicals Hemp

PRODUCERS: Gilbert and Owen Schwartz

Full Spectrum Local Hemp Products

Bayfield Penninsula, Wisconsin

We are a small family farm in the Northwoods of Wisconsin driven by passion and focused on quality and professionalism. Since 2015 we have been serving our community unique & diversified specialty crops using regenerative farming practices.

The all natural way that we cultivate our hemp flowers, enables us to build upon and enhance our soil rather than deplete it. We use deep mulching techniques, lots of organic matter, complimentary systems, and plenty of elbow grease to grow beautiful plants.

Our Health and Wellness tinctures & topicals are exclusively crafted from the certified, full spectrum hemp flowers we grow. These products are lab tested, formulated for enhanced bioavailabilty, and loved by our customers!

Mike and Jen’s Hot Cocoa

PRODUCERS: Dean, Mike and Jen Packingham

Hot Cocoa Mix

Duluth, Minnesota

Made with only 5 high quality ingredients, Mike and Jen’s Hot Cocoa mix is rich and creamy and made right here in Duluth! In owner/operator Dean’s words, “I love the community that I was born in (Duluth), and I am so thankful to everyone for their warm support of what we do. To this date, I’ve never encountered someone in the business community that didn’t honestly want to help me. I try to give that back to others as well, offering advice and support to help them. We’re all in this together, and I truly believe Duluth/Superior ‘gets it’. We are very lucky to be a Duluth, Minnesota success story!”

SUPERIOR SMALL BATCH

PRODUCERS: Shane and Gail

Duluth, Minnesota

We proudly cook up a wide range of delicious, vegan-friendly food by hand, in small batches. Our foods are healthy for bodies and community. Our three “super-guiding” principles are product quality, environmental sustainability, and fair labor practice.

DULUTH FLOWER FARM

PRODUCERS: Brook and Derek Hoffbauer

Flowers & Wreaths

Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth Flower Farm grows and sources  many varieties of flowers that thrive in Duluth such as peonies, dahlias, lisianthus, and sunflowers. They also produce seasonal wreaths from locally-sourced wildcrafted materials.

EPICUREAN

Eco-friendly cutting boards and kitchen utensils

Superior, Wisconsin

Epicurean was born out of a company making eco-friendly municipal skate parks. The wood composite we used in our ramps is extremely durable and non-porous, but also food safe and dishwasher safe. We started using excess material to create cutting boards as gifts for family and friends. Demand soared and we began producing and selling a variety of kitchen tools from this wood composite. As with the skate park company, Epicurean’s quality, design, functionality and responsible business practices helped us build our brand and become a leader in the category. The same holds true for our sister companies, Loll Designs and Intectural. Where skate parks we once created became the heart of the community, Epicurean’s sole focus is now at the heart of the kitchen. Our cutting boards and kitchen tools are at the center of everyday life for both casual cooks and seasoned gourmets.

Epicurean home products have been a favorite in kitchens worldwide since 2004. Every Epicurean cutting board is made with naturally renewable or recycled materials in an environmentally responsible way. We pride ourselves on crafting products that are not only simple, functional and long-lasting, but also environmentally responsible from start to finish. We choose materials which are both durable and eco-friendly, and we use production waste. Our goal is to create the highest quality products that balance performance with respect for the environment.

The Epicurean brand is a way of life. Our products are a reflection of our personal values and those of our customers. Every Epicurean product is 100% made in the USA.

More at www.epicureancs.com

HERMIT CREEK FARM

PRODUCERS: Landis and Steven Spikerman

Organic Vegetables

Highbridge, Wisconsin

Steven and Landis find fulfillment in farming: “We really like growing food for people and get a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that hundreds of families across our region sit down to wholesome food from our farm. We also like the variety of daily tasks and the challenge of working with a living system (soil, plants, critters, chemistry, biology, weather, climate). All of these variables make for an infinite set of challenges and likely scenarios that play out across our farm.

LOCALLY LAID EGG COMPANY and FARM LOLA

PRODUCERS: Jason and Lucie Amundsen

Pasture-raised eggs, Berries

Wrenshall, Minnesota

Pasture-raised eggs are from hens who forage and exercise on green fields. Outside every day which is weather permitting, they’re salad-eating, poultry athletes who get to run, feel the wind in their wings and forage for grasses, clover and tasty bugs. In the US, 91% of all birds are caged and housed in warehouses of 300,000 chickens or more. Locally Laid eggs are MICRO-BROOD with flocks of approximately 3,000 birds, foraging & exercising on pasture. The result is a healthier, happy chicken and a better egg. For these birds, life is good. And to show their gratitude, they produce a healthier egg. To diversify their farm and create another income stream to help offset the cost of maintaining a farm, they added berry plants including blueberries, strawberries and honeyberries.

LOVE CREAMERY

PRODUCER: Nicole Wilde

Small Batch Artisan Ice Cream

Duluth, Minnesota

The Love Creamery handcrafted ice cream shop has been doling out cones, cups, sandwiches and more to their fans since it’s opening in 2017, and we’re delighted to have added their pints of delicious ice cream in our freezer section. Nicole had always wanted to own her own business which would enable her to be creative and live her values. For Nicole, Love Creamery sums up everything she believes in: environmentalism, sustainability, support of local businesses, ethically sourced high quality ingredients and deliciously creative desserts!

SIMPLE GIFTS SYRUP AND SALMONSimple Gifts

PRODUCERS: David, Anne, Matt, Leah and Katie Rogotzke

100% pure Maple Syrup, and Alaskan King, Sockeye and Chum Salmon

Duluth, Minnesota

Their locally produced Maple Syrup has won many accolades including several 1st place finishes at the Minnesota State Fair. The Rogotzke family also fishes annually in the Bristol Bay, Alaska area. “We catch wild King, Sockeye, and Chum salmon which run from early June to the end of July.”

LARRY SCHULTZ ORGANIC FARM

PRODUCER: Larry Schultz

Organic Chicken, Turkeys and Organic Eggs

Owatonna, Minnesota

Organic Chicken & Turkeys: Schultz Organic Chickens and Turkeys from Larry Schultz Organic Farm represent a serious commitment to organic farming. Schultz chickens and turkeys strut their stuff as organic meeting both Global Organic Alliance (GOA) and USDA guidelines and certifications. They are fed certified organic feed which contains no antibiotics, herbicides, or pesticides. Minnesota winters can pack a punch, but once we get through the winter it’s always a treat to swing open the barn doors and watch as the chickens charge outside to enjoy the many wonders of nature. The turkeys are raised seasonally through the summer and fall months. They enjoy the out doors once they are feathered and ready for summer. You will find that Schultz chickens and turkeys are more flavorful, succulent, and enjoyable than their commercial comparisons. They have that old fashioned flavor, the way chickens and turkeys used to taste. I think you’ll agree there isn’t a more tasty bird around!

Organic Eggs: Schultz chickens are cage free, they are free to eat and exercise anywhere comfortably within an airy sunlit barn, or to roam outdoors in grassy fence free fields, when weather conditions are favorable. Schultz chickens are free-range, certified organic and have no hormones or antibiotics administered during their lifespan. Their barns and farm yards are carefully watched over and protected from predators. This is all part of providing Schultz chickens with a stress free environment that allows the flock to develop into healthy, happy birds that make delicious and nutritious eggs. Schultz eggs are high in Omega-3 fatty acids because of the Flaxmeal that we mix into their organic feed. They are also very high in the anti-oxidant vitamin E. To ensure that you are receiving the freshest and highest quality eggs, we candle and grade them right away. More at: www.lsofarm.wixsite.com

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PRODUCERS: Jeff Hall and Cindy Hale

Gourmet Fruit Vinegars, Flavored Salts and Shrubs

Duluth, Minnesota

Cindy and Jeff use both traditional and modern technology to produce high quality vinegar. With the help of White Winter Winery their fruits are turned into fruit wine which is then converted into gourmet vinegars for a wide range of uses.

CRAPOLA!Brian and Granola

PRODUCERS: Brian and Andrea Strom

Handcrafted Granola

Ely, Minnesota

In 2007 a silly conversation turned into inspiration. Brian said “Wouldn’t it be funny if we made cranberry apple granola and called it Crapola?” A business was born. They have had a lot of fun with marketing, but take the responsibility of making a quality product very seriously.

MATILDA’S DOG BAKERY

t02.03.2016 -- Steve Kuchera -- kucheraBEADS0208c5 -- Matilda's Dog Bakery owner in her shop at 4711 East Superior Street. "We grew out of this place a year or a year-and-a-half ago," she said. She will move her shop into the building currently housing Superior Beads. The move will triple the store's floor space. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

PRODUCER: Joanne Elliott

Specialty Dog Treats

Duluth, Minnesota

Matilda’s Dog Bakery and Boutique are home-made, all natural biscuits and goodies made from human-grade ingredients. “We use no preservatives, processed flour, salt, or sugar. You are feeding your pet a good healthy snack they love!”

NORTHERN HARVEST FARM

PRODUCER: Rick and Karola Dalen

Organic Vegetables

Wrenshall, Minnesota

“At Northern Harvest Farm, our goal is to provide local, organically grown produce to members in the Northland community. This gives us the opportunity to do meaningful work and to contribute to a more sustainable and healthy food system. We produce our crops without the use of any harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides and are Certified Organic through Midwest Organic Services Association.”

BAR BELL BEE RANCH

GROWERS/PRODUCER: Ed and Eileen Menefee

Bar Bell Bee Ranch

Local Honey Products

Squaw Lake, MN

Delicious Local and Raw Unprocessed Honey are their specialty. Their wonderful honeys come from a variety of sources, including Basswood, Buckwheat, Clover, Dandelion, Orange Blossom, Sunflower, Wildflower and more. Available in multiple sizes, including bulk.

FERNDALE MARKET

PRODUCERS: The Peterson Family

Free-range, Antibiotic-free, Naturally-Processed Turkey

Cannon Falls, Minnesota

When Dale Peterson and his wife, Fern, first started growing turkeys on their Cannon Falls farm, they did it the only way they knew how — without shortcuts. 75 years and three generations later, that philosophy hasn’t changed. We take pride in growing turkeys the way both our farm’s namesakes and nature intended. Without the use of antibiotics or artificial growth promotants. Free-range during the warmer months. Fed their natural diet of grains, vitamins and minerals from a local feed mill. And processed-naturally, without additives. And as shopkeepers, we seek out like-minded farmers and food producers using similar practices to stock our on-farm market. Real local food from real sustainable sources. We believe that if you’re going to do something, do it the right way. We thank you for choosing local foods from family farms like ours and we look forward to seeing you at Ferndale Market! More at www.ferndalemarketonline.com

KADEJAN

PRODUCER: Pete Thorfinnson

Antibiotic-free, Air-chilled, Minimally-processed, Chicken & Turkey

Glenwood, Minnesota

In 1989, the first season of Kadejan was merely custom processing for area farmers and the pheasants from the hunting preserve that was started by Pete Thorfinnson. With these pheasants he began to develop a market in fine restaurants in the twin cities area. As he was working with various chefs many were asking for “free range hens”. He finally ventured to ask the question…”What is a free range hen?” Only to find out that it is exactly what he processes all summer long. Herein lies the beginnings of Kadejan chicken. Since 1989 Kadejan has continued to grow by Gods grace; we built a new processing facility in 2007 and turned our old plant into a hatchery for our growers. Then in July 2009 we opened Kadejan Market. The Market features our famous chicken, fresh organic produce, grocery items and other local foods. More at: www.kadejan.com

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GROWERS: Challenge Center

Tomatoes, Peppers, English Cucumbers, Basil

Superior, Wisconsin

Bay Produce began in 1986 with their first harvest of beefsteak tomatoes. They employ enthusiastic clients with disabilities from the Challenge Center who tend to the plants as well as the system that re-captures and recycles water.  In 2003 grape tomatoes were added to their production, and in 2008- red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, all vine-ripened and delivered fresh locally.  Every part of the plant is utilized, with stems or plant branches composted and reused by local farmers.

FAIRHAVEN FARM

GROWERS: John and Emily Beaton

Annual Transplants Provider

Saginaw, Minnesota

Fairhaven Farm is a small-scale, family farm located just north of Duluth, Minnesota. We grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers using bio-intensive, regenerative and organic practices. We offer our farm produce through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, Week-by-Week Shares and select wholesale markets. We also produce greenhouse-grown starter plants and source quality seeds and supplies for home gardeners. We are champions of the local food movement and support aspiring and emerging farmers through direct mentorship and at a grassroots level through our advocacy work.

Through our livelihood, we aim to gather, nourish and inspire our community and strive to create a beautiful farm that is inviting and welcoming — a haven for all beings!

SHOREVIEW NATIVES

GROWERS: Dan Schutte

Annual Native Transplants Provider

Two Harbors, Minnesota

Shoreview Natives is dedicated to helping home and business owners transition outdoor spaces into landscapes that support aesthetic, ecological, economic and social goals. They specialize in designing and installing gardens featuring locally and regionally-native plant species including flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs, and trees.  Shoreview Natives services directly support efforts to help declining populations of monarch butterflies, native bees, honeybees, and a host of other pollinator species exhibiting major population crashes.  

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GROWERS: The Fisher-Merritts

Carrots, Potatoes, Broccoli, Tomatoes

Wrenshall, Minnesota

“Agriculture done right is a continual learning experience in how to cooperate with the Natural World in order to feed ourselves,” says Farmer John.  This vision shared among its members & workers forms the core reality of the Food Farm, a CSA in operation since 1994.  The farm encompasses 200 acres, 15 of which are under cultivation for vegetables and pasture for chickens and turkeys.

FOREST TO FORK

PRODUCERS: Mike Kempenich

Cultivated Wild Mushrooms

New Hope, Minnesota

Forest to Fork provides premium wild and specialty food products for wholesale and retail sales. From wild foraged mushrooms and plants, to their own locally cultivated exotic mushrooms they provide sustainable and healthy food products to grocers, restaurants and innovative chefs of all levels.

TINY FARM DULUTH

PRODUCERS: Eddy Gilmore

Micro-greens

Duluth, Minnesota

Tiny Farm Duluth produces a variety of micro-greens, including peas, radishes and sunflower shoots. Despite their small size, they pack a nutritional punch, often containing higher nutrient levels than more mature vegetable greens. This makes them a good addition to any diet, plus they are delicious!

BAYFIELD FOODS COOPERATIVE

PRODUCERS: Cooperative Growers and Producers

Chequamegon Bay Area, Wisconsin

Comprised of several small farms and other local businesses, Bayfield Foods Cooperative market fermented foods, cheeses, meat, produce, baked goods, stone ground flour, and much more. Some of their members include Spirit Creek Farm, Superior Small Batch, Starlit Kitchen, Happy Hollow Creamery, Bayfield Apple Company, and more.

SUNRISE DAIRY From JOHNSTON’S RIVERVIEW FARM

PRODUCERS: Jerry and Cora Johnston and family

2%, Skim, Whole and Chocolate Milk

Floodwood, Minnesota

Johnston’s Riverview Farm. carries on the tradition of locally producing Sunrise Dairy Milk – the delicious non-GMO, vat pasteurized, A2 milk in reusable glass bottles we all love! Look for their non-homogenized milks in our dairy case

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Growers: Larry and Mary Antonich

Apples

Two Harbors, Minnesota

Since 2000, Larry and Mary Antonich have been harvesting apples from their 30 acre farm in memory of their son, Paul, who was tragically killed in 1996.  An apple orchard was a fitting way to remember Paul due to his love for apple trees and gardening.  The farm also reflects their commitment to natural, organic local food and their belief in working hard to support others as “we are all in this together.”  They look forward to increased production as the apple trees mature.

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PRODUCERS: Cooperatively Owned

Bread’s, Cookies and Other Goodies

Duluth, Minnesota

Positively 3rd Street Bakery is a worker owned co-op determined to offer healthy and affordable goods to their customer. They have a strong focus on local and organic ingredients.

STRICTLY MUSHROOMS

Gourmet Mushrooms

Pine River, Minnesota

“We provide gourmet mushrooms Lions Mane, Chestnuts, Nameko, multiple Oyster Strains, plus seasonal specialties all year long that are grown inside a controlled environment-that means no harsh elements or bugs! If you haven’t had our Gourmet Mushrooms, you haven’t had mushrooms!

UFF DA ORGANICS

PRODUCERS: Adam and Jackie Kemp

Salad greens, herbs, vegetables

Wrenshall, Minnesota

Uff-da Organics is a small family farm in Wrenshall, MN  specializing in pick-your-own berries, and wholesale vegetables and herbs. They’ve been using organic practices since their first seed was planted in 2013 and have been fully certified organic since the start of the 2017 season!

“We take an ecological approach to agriculture, working with the mechanisms in nature to produce healthy soil and plants. We believe the best possible food comes from a healthy environment.”

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PRODUCERS: Matt, Sara and Josey Weik

Pasture Raised Pork

Wrenshall, Minnesota

“Our animals are raised in a low-stress, natural environment and are treated humanely.” The Wiek’s believe that happy pigs make for good meat, and good meat makes for happy customers. Photo credit Rolf Hagberg.

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