Seasonal Food Guide
Seasonal Food Guide

Curious about what produce is in season? Use this seasonal food guide when shopping and planning recipes. Speaking of recipes using local food, check out the Wendell Berry House blog for ideas!
Local Berries and Apples

Want to harvest your own food for a change? Take a trip to Fireside Orchard and Gardens with your friends and pick some delicious fall apples. Are you here over the summer? Head to Lorence’s Berry Farm or Silkey Gardens to find strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and asparagus!


SEEDS stands for “Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Design & Stewardship.” A diversified vegetable farm that prides itself in community involvement, education and producing good food raised in a sustainable manner, SEEDS works to improve the health and well-being of individuals and the local community.
Rural Enterprise Center

The Rural Enterprise Center focuses on strengthening communities by bringing together the support infrastructure, systems, resources and programs that rural entrepreneurs need to succeed. The Rural Enterprise Center has created an innovative, small-scale approach to sustainable farming, focused on creating economic opportunities for rural low income families.
STOGROW (Saint Olaf Garden Research and Organic Works) is a student-run community farming initiative. STOGROW practices sustainable farming methods; provides fresh, local vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers to the community; fosters agricultural awareness; and provides education about sustainable food production. Interested in volunteering? Email!

Local Food

By eating locally, you not only gain access to fresher food, but also reduce your “carbon footprint.” Because the spinach, chicken, or carrots being forklifted to your eager lips didn’t travel thousands of miles by boat, plane, or truck, your satisfying lunch is also sustainable. Furthermore, by buying within the community, you keep your money from being outsourced–helping to support organizations and people close to you.

Check out these local food destinations to find out how you can eat more sustainably!

Just Food Co-op


Just Food Co-op is Northfield’s community-owned natural foods market and deli, a source for fresh, local, and organic food and sustainable household and personal care products. Just Food defines its success by a triple bottom line: social, environmental, and economic sustainability.


Northfield CSAs
Purchasing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share is a great way to obtain local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. One of the highlights? Having the opportunity to visit a farm each week and engage in small talk with people from your community! If you plan to purchase a CSA share, consider supporting a young farmer with ties to St. Olaf, such as Betsy Allister
Northfield Riverwalk Market Fair

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair features organic and sustainably grown foods and the area’s finest arts and crafts displayed along the scenic Cannon River downtown. Musicians and performers join the farmers and artists to make every Saturday a festival in Northfield.

Riverwalk Market Fair is every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June through October, and moves inside through December. It is located between 2nd and 5th Streets.


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Bon Appetit
Bon Appétit


Bon Appétit, the St. Olaf food service provider, purchases year-round from 15 different producers whose products range from produce to beef, lamb, pork, and dairy. St. Olaf purchases help underwrite a farmer-owned, no-chemical dairy, and a local grass fed cattle operation supplies beef directly to the college. In addition, Bon Appétit purchases all of its shell eggs from cage-free farmers; uses fair trade organic coffee; and only purchases seafood that is on the “Seafood Watch” good list, ensuring that the product has zero air miles involved in its transportation. Ninety percent of fruit and vegetable purchases come from within North America, and the college food service uses fair trade bananas from Mexico. All of the chicken and liquid dairy products purchased are free of growth hormones and antibiotics.