The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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August 21, 2013

Fresh, tasty televison

River Rock Coffee selected for its use of local produce


"This is great because we love teaching people," Bertram said as she prepared her kitchen for the television crew. "It gives us an awesome opportunity to talk about what we do. Plus it's fun.

"Whenever it's about flavor, everything tastes better if it gets to the table faster."

Well over 50 percent of what Rasmussen uses to prepare her dishes year round is produced in Minnesota. Now is a prime time at the cafe, she said, because many of the favorite foods that can't be stored through the winter are being harvested.

She said she was looking forward to cooking for the television show because it will show Twin Cities viewers that the trend of using local meat and produce in restaurants isn't just happening in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Each of those cities will have a restaurant featured in the show, but the three remaining restaurants besides River Rock Coffee are in Duluth, Vergas and Hutchinson.

Ellefson said the publicity is helping his business, too. Supplying the cafe and St. Peter Food Co-op makes up about a third of the business for Living Land Farm.

He and Marchan also supply about 75 residential customers with produce. Those customers receive weekly boxes of produce for 18 weeks by buying a $530 annual share or bi-weekly boxes of food for nine weeks by buying a $290 half share. They have drop off sites in both St. Peter and Mankato.


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