New Minnesota State Fair vendors reflect broader demographic changes

(Photos by Megan Nash) La Loma Tamales employee Maria Garcia, putting tahini spice on the mango-on-a-stick; below, Holy Land's Kushari rice and tabouleh.

When you think of Minnesota State Fair food, you may think of cheese curds, corn dogs and gooey cookies. But over the years, that narrative has been changing, and Minnesotans have been seeing more culturally diverse foods popping up on the fair grounds.

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Minneapolis farmers market photos capture transactions and diversity

(Photos by Mark Allan Peterson)

Twin Cities photographer Mark Peterson is at it again. And this time, he wanted to document one of summer’s fleeting moments — the Minneapolis Farmers Market.

The prolific local photographer shot over 50 photographs of customer’s transactions with vendors at the Minneapolis Farmers Market on North Lyndale earlier this month. And the results are surprisingly entertaining.

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Doggie date: Wiener Dog Race at Sandcastle

WHAT: Sandcastle’s 2nd Annual Wiener Dog Race, in which daschunds race against each other and a man in a hot dog suit

WHEN: Labor Day Monday, September 1st at 1:00 PM (registration ends at noon)

WHERE: Sandcastle on Lake Nokomis, one of our fave dog-friendly eateries (map)

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Sparky's Grill opens at Como Golf Course

(Photo by Jessica Hilmanowski) Sparky’s veranda offers a great view of the Como Golf Course.

When the new Sparky’s Grill at the Como Golf Course Club House opened in June, the event went virtually unnoticed.

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Finding new keys to land ownership, careers in farming

At a creative farm south of St. Paul near the town of Coates, two things about fruit, vegetable and horticultural growing are immediately clear. You cannot plant and raise perennial crops when renting land on a year-to-year lease. You cannot even think about having an orchard unless you own the land.

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Video: Exploring a Hmong land cooperative

Minnesota is home to a large Hmong community of which many farm. One complication is that many do not have access to land that is affordable and near their homes. One group has committed to making a difference. The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant which will allow the nonprofit organization to explore organizing a land cooperative.

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SUPPERTIME | Old friends, summer drinks and dessert at Coup d'etat

Suppertime is a blog in comics form, exploring local restaurants, bars and other food establishments in and around the Twin Cities. I eat, I talk, I draw.

In this Suppertime, a beautiful July evening sitting outdoors with old friends at Coup d'etat in Uptown made me wish for a summer eternal. With dessert included.

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State Fair diaries: Day 1

The Fair began this year, as it usually does, with friends and breakfast at Salem. Rain and the promise of humid heat kept the crowds away. We spent the morning volunteering at Renewing the Countryside and the afternoon wandering the Fairgrounds searching for old favorites and new possibilities.

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Share the harvest

Donate Locally-Grown Produce to Families in Need

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