Of egg rolls, b-boys and ideals: An interview with Alex Hanesakda

This week, Little Laos on the Prairie had a chance to talk with Lao American entrepreneur and community builder Alex Hanesakda from across the border in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With roots in Champasak, he is the 32-year old founder of Mama’s Egg Rolls. He is also dedicating his time to his family and his non-profit work assisting at risk youth.

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Summer officially begins at the Midtown Farmers Market

As we move into the month of June and summer officially begins, things are becoming more vibrant and full of life at the Midtown Farmers Market. You’ll begin to find more and more produce at the market each week as we move further into the growing season. Please continue reading for a glimpse of what will be available.

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Market Bucks are back at the Midtown Farmers Market!/¡Los Market Bucks regresan al Mercado de Granjeros de Midtown!

As we begin another market season at Midtown, it’s important to remember that there are multiple ways to purchase local foods at the market. A core value of the Midtown Farmers Market is accessibility to all of the members of the Corcoran community. Everyone deserves to feel welcome and have access to healthy local food, which is why the market accepts SNAP-EBT benefits and will be participating in the Market Bucks program in collaboration with the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) along with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, for a fifth consecutive season.

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Lok Lac at a Seward Co-op cooking class

This weekend we had an amazing opportunity–teaching a cooking class at the Seward Co-op. It was such an amazing experience. I love surrounding myself with people who love good food, sharing ideas and recipes and just chatting. Here are some pictures from the event.

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What's happening with St. Paul's Urban Oasis?

Screen shot from Forever Saint Paul video application

Last year, Saint Paul East Side resident Tracy Sides came up an idea to bring together people and local foods in what she called an Urban Oasis, a place where people could participate in a whole, healthy food system from seed to table and back to soil. Since the idea won a million-dollar Forever Saint Paul Challenge grant, a lot has changed.

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What happened to True Thai?

It’s sad to see a restaurant go. It’s like an old friend who suddenly leaves town without saying good-bye, and you never know if it was something you said or did that made them leave.

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Midsommar soaking

We Minnesotans pride ourselves in our sturdy stoic natures. If a ten months long winter can't keep us down, certainly a little summer storm won't ruin our weekends.

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GLOBAL GROCERIES | Not hip or trendy (yet), MN's only Venezuelan sandwich shop is a winner

Even if you are looking for Teque Arepa, the tiny Eden Prairie Venezuelan sandwich shop, finding it might be hard. It’s hidden behind a row of trees in a nondescript strip mall on Flying Cloud Drive. Go there any time, and find a crowd of folks who have discovered the place and know that the food is worth the trip.

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Wirth Co-op reports progress on site, developer partner

To get enough members, there needs to be a location. To get a location, there need to be enough members.

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