Minnesota’s celebrity farmers


Twin Cities and Northfield area food cooperatives and their farmer-suppliers are featured in a series of videos that are premiering on the National Cooperative Business Association website as part of  the United Nations’ International Year of Cooperation.

All of the Minnesota-based videos are fun and informative. But the third video, based on the Just Food co-op at Northfield, is especially interesting in that the store features photos of the local farmers who supply and sometimes work at the co-op. This, said video host Kevin Gillespie, an Atlanta-based TV show chef, makes the area farmers “celebrities” in the Northfield area while it further strengthens bonds between producers and consumers.

Other area food co-ops saluted in the NCBA videos include the Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli, The Wedge, Valley Natural Foods Co-op and the Gardens of Eagan.