On July 18, The Good Acre and our host, Director of Kitchen Operations Emily Paul, welcomed 35 WWRC members and guests to their facility in Falcon Heights for a tour, treats and lots of great networking. The Good Acre is a nonprofit food hub (one of about 400 in the U.S.) with a mission to enhance how food is grown and shared in the Twin Cities region, to improve marketplace opportunities for diverse independent farmers, and to increase access for all consumers to healthy, locally-grown fresh produce.
In their certified organic facility, they aggregate produce from the small growers with whom they work, offering washing, sorting and processing facilities, warehousing and cold storage. They help farmers with redistribution of produce through their CSA and by creating markets for farmers beyond farmers markets such as restaurants, institutional wholesale buyers, schools and nursing homes. The Good Acre has a licensed education and training commercial kitchen certified by the Department of Agriculture that is open to the public by reservation and is available for use by small food producers who want to source their products from local farmers. They conduct public classes in their education and training classroom and the classroom is available for rental.