Butter proudly supports small, local, and independent businesses in our search to source sustainable, high quality and ethical ingredients and products. We believe that building a strong, vibrant local foods economy is a win-win-win situation: more (and better) jobs for our neighbors, a less harsh impact on our beautiful landscape, and fresher, more delicious food for you. This is a future worth fighting for, and we're creating new paths in good company.
Local Food Sources (Check back soon for more stories!)
Our butter: Hope Creamery in Hope MN With a name like ours, we better be working with the best butter around – and you can be assured that we are. Hope Creamery is one of the last small, independent creameries in Minnesota, and each 900 gallon batch is still made by feel.
Our main veggies suppliers: Turnip Rock Farm in Clear Lake, WI; the Hidden Stream Farm network in Elgin, MN; Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix; The Co-Op Partners Warehouse, and Bix Produce suppliers.
We truly appreciate the bounty of the Midwest's farmers – overwhelming in the summer, low key and solid in the winter. While we are able to source many local veggies year round through Bix Produce (including greenhouse grown Minnesota Bushel Boy tomatoes, sprouts and mushrooms) there are some other local organizations and businesses near and dear to our hearts because they share our values of community building so deeply. We are pleased to be a Community Supported Agriculture drop site for Turnip Rock Farm and May Farm in the Big River Farms Network, Sleepy Root Farm and Twin Lakes CSA (new in 2015), and love getting veggies and herbs from the youth at the Youth Farm and Market Project at the Kingfield Farmers' Market on Sundays.
Our turkey: Ferndale Farms in Cannon Falls, MN. John and Erica raise free range turkeys about 50 miles outside the Twin Cities. We roast up the turkey breasts for our sandwiches and make a terrific turkey burger.
Our milk: Valleyview Farms Dairy Co-operative in Hastings, MN - yep it's pure.
Our eggs: Forsman Farms, Howard Lake, MN a fourth generation family farm.
Our chicken, ham, pork and beef: Hidden Stream Farm in Elgin, MN. Naturally raised on a fantastic family farm! Lisa and Eric do great work raising our wonderful meats AND coordinate a food hub that brings us veggies, local fruit, maple syrup, and more.
Rachel's Potato Chips are made in Bloomington, MN also known for the not so local IKEA that supplies a lot of our little furnishings but at least it fits our family's Swedish heritage.
Spices come from Frontier Co-op in Iowa for our house made Mischief Maker Chai, our kitchen, and our bakery. They've got many fair trade and organic spices and herbs for us!
Our wheat and corn tortillas come from Tortilleria Los Maizales a local bakery just north of us. All our other bread is baked in house.
Our Beverage Buddies
Espresso Services and UP Coffee also help us with our coffee / tea needs and provide great service and expertise!
Recently we've begun to partner with a friend from the north - near our family's summer get away in Grand Marais - FIKA coffee. We'll have a few of Josh's roasts available each Tuesday - we think you'll love them - and hope you'll connect with him whenever you head up the shore!
We source our tea from the Tea Source in St. Paul, MN. We blend and brew Mischief Maker Chai in house.
Our cold drinks case is filled with: Joia Sodas, based in St. Paul, MN; Buddy's Sodas from New Ulm, MN; Spring Grove sodas from Spring Grove, MN, Whistler Sodas from Forest Lake, MN and WISCO sodas (Ginger, Cherry) from Viroqua, WI. We also stock a full collection of Columbia Gorge organic smoothies and juices from a family run orchard in WAWe recently added local Kombucha as well.
We source most of our cider from Pepin Heights, who sources apples regionally, and from a sweet little Northfield MN orchard, Fireside. We also love to connect with the Happy Hills orchard of Visselli, MN at the Kingfield Farmers' Market.
Partners in Community Building
Our Networks include: The Heartland Food Network, Kingfield Neighborhood Association, Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Southwest Business Association, The Metro Independent Business Alliance, Main Street Alliance, and Slow Food MN and Slow Food USA.
We also share our talents and resources with many organizations that share our vision for a world that cares for all people and our awesome earth. Yearly events and ongoing relationships help us stay connected to local schools (Lyndale, Lake Country, South High, Washburn), churches, and care-giving organizations such as The Aliveness Project, Youth Link, Nicollet Square Housing, Zoom House, Open Streets MPLS, the Greenway Coalition, the Jungle Theater and many others. Together we're building a stronger Minneapolis.
We work with Sunrise Bank, a neighborhood bank that supports the Minneapolis community and urban development, and receive mentoring from their partners at the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers. Our phone services are through another local little guy, Velocity.
Aspen helps us with our organics composting. And we always give a shout-out to Randy's Sanitation for being a pioneer in the Organics Composting movement and who got us started! We've received great support from Hennepin County as well to build our recycling and composting systems.
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