Healthy Food Resources
- If interested in selling home-processed or home-canned foods through Pickle Bill, click here.
- Gardening Matters is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving sustainable community gardening across the Twin Cities by connecting gardeners to each other and to the communities in which they reside.
- The Saint Paul - Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission is a forum for public and private stakeholders to assess how local food systems are operating. The group suggests policies, shares information, and provides access to safe, affordable, and nutritious foods. To attend meetings, contact Julie Sieber at 651-266-2515.
- Local Food Resource Hubs Network are neighborhood networks of gardeners who come together to support each other in growing, cooking, preserving, and composting their own fresh produce. Gardeners, paying a small fee to become members, receive seeds, seedlings, tools, and access to low-cost workshops as well as become part of a dedicated and supportive community of people growing their own food. To join a hubs network or to start a new hub in your area, contact Gardening Matters.
- Sister's Camelot distributes free, fresh organic produce and whole foods through a metro-wide Food Share program
- The mission of the Frogtown Gardens is to make the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul healthier and greener. Three new community gardens have been developed.
- The Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Minnesota Green Program began in 1988 and has been serving the greening efforts of thousands of volunteer gardeners throughout the state. Minnesota Green offers free plants for community gardens on public spaces.
- University of MN Extension Ramsey County Master Gardeners : Have a question about how to grow broccoli or how to grow the best tomatoes? Get your questions answered here. Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)The purpose of MISA is to bring together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with the interests of University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond.
- Land Stewardship ProjectThe Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop sustainable communities.
- Urban Roots is a Saint Paul-based organization whose mission is to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation, and youth development.
- Local Foods Partnership U of M: Learn here how communities are partnering with the University of Minnesota to strengthen the local food economy.
- Have extra food from your garden that needs to be preserved for the winter? Check out the Saint Paul community kitchens list here or view Saint Paul Community Kitchens on a map. Find a community kitchen near you for local food preparation, processing, and preservation and call ahead to make reservations.
- Don't see a kitchen on the list that should be? Contact Mark Granlund at Mark.Granlund@ci.stpaul.mn.us.
Healthy Food Access
Farmers' Markets & Food Assistance Programs
The Saint Paul Farmers' Market provides fresh, locally grown foods for the community on Saturdays and Sundays from May 4 through November 17 in downtown Saint Paul. The market is also open at the 7th Place Mall on Tuesdays from June 18 through October 15 between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For a list of farmers' markets around the area, click here.
Food Assistance Programs at Farmers' Markets
The Saint Paul Farmers' Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Qualifying individuals can use EBT cards to purchase fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy, breads, and more. Check out the Saint Paul Farmer's Market website for more information about using your card at the market.
The farmers' markets in Saint Paul also accept WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) fruit and vegetable vouchers. Families already participating in WIC prior to June may also get a one-time set of $20.00 Farmers’ Market checks in addition to WIC vouchers. These checks are also accepted by the same farmers’ market vendors that accept the WIC fruit and vegetable vouchers. For information on WIC program eligibility, click here.
In 2008, Saint Paul Public Schools joined a national partnership funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation known as Food FOCUS. The decision to join Food FOCUS lead to the school district purchasing 165,000 pounds of local produce in the fall of 2010.
Saint Paul Recreation Centers Healthy Meal Program
Recreation centers across Saint Paul, in partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools, serve free, healthy meals in the community in an initiative known as the Free Summer Meals Program. In 2011, the program reached every recreation center, serving a total of 75,000 meals that summer. The free meals are open to youth ages 18 and under and to people with disabilities.
Minnesota Grown Directory
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture maintains a comprehensive list of farms and farmers' markets in the region. Use their online system to search for healthy food sources near you, or order a free printed copy.
- Stone's Throw Urban Farm is a collection of micro-farms on vacant lots in Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
- There are two major agriculture-related projects being supported by the Planning & Economic Development Department, an almost one-acre hydroponic greenhouse at J&J Distributing, and an aquaponic facility at the Hamm's Brewery site growing fish, shrimp and greens.
- The result of a multi-year grass roots effort by the Frogtown community, The Trust for Public Land, the City of Saint Paul and other dedicated partners, Frogtown Park & Farm now serves as a hub for health, recreation, local food, and a connection to nature for a neighborhood previously underserved by close-to-home parks.