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Food Author Beth Dooley Comes to Northern Minnesota This Week!

Farm-to-Fork Book Tour

Oct. 5: Grand Rapids Area Library in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. 
Oct. 6: Finland Community Center in Finland at 7 p.m. 
Oct. 7: Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais at 7 p.m. 
Oct. 8: Zenith Bookstore (with fellow cookbook author Mary Dougherty) in Duluth at 2 p.m.

Beth Dooley’s new food memoir, “In Winter’s Kitchen,” chronicles her exploration of Minnesota’s local food movement and how it survives the state’s tough winters.

Join OCA and Beth Dooley at the Finland Community Center on Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. for a conversation about the local food scene and food history unique to Minnesota. Local and organic refreshments will be provided.

Or catch Beth’s Farm-to-Fork Tour this week in Grand Rapids (Oct. 5), Grand Marais (Oct. 7) or Duluth (Oct. 8)!

Beth Dooley arrived in Minnesota from her native New Jersey with preconceptions about the Midwestern food scene. Beth, who had learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen, using ingredients purchased at local farm stands, wondered: “Do people here in the Midwest really eat swampy broccoli, iceberg lettuce and fried chicken for lunch every day?”

These assumptions quickly faded as Beth explored Minnesota’s farmers’ markets and the burgeoning co-op scene in the Twin Cities. She discovered a local food movement strong enough to survive the toughest winter.

In Winter’s Kitchen” brings to life Minnesota’s rich ecosystem of farmers, artisanal producers, and restaurateurs —from the husband and wife who run one of the largest organic farms in the region, to Native Americans harvesting wild rice, to award-winning cheesemakers, to Hmong immigrant farmers growing the best sweet potatoes in the country.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “In Winter’s Kitchen” “. . . personalizes the path from farm to fork with heart and skill,” demonstrating that even in a place with a short growing season, food grown locally and organically can be healthy, community-based, environmentally conscious and—most of all—delicious.

Join OCA and Beth Dooley at the Finland Community Center on Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. for a conversation about the local food scene and food history unique to Minnesota. Local and organic refreshments will be provided.

Or catch Beth’s Farm-to-Fork Tour this week in Grand Rapids (Oct. 5), Grand Marais (Oct. 7) or Duluth (Oct. 8)!

These events are free and open to the public.

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