Make healthy choices and support farmers by purchasing fresh locally grown produce!
TUESDAYS in Brainerd | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to mid-October
Franklin Arts Center Parking Lot 1001 Kingwood St, Brainerd
TUESDAYS in Brainerd | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. starting June 26
Laurel Street Parking Lot Between S. 6th Street and S. 7th St, Brainerd (616 Laurel)
(218) 828-2307 (ask for Jared) | contact for free vendor entry
THURSDAYS in Nisswa | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to October 27
American Legion Parking Lot 25807 Main St, Nisswa
FRIDAYS in Baxter | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to mid-October
Viking Land Harley-Davidson parking lot, 7915 Highway 210, Baxter
FRIDAYS in Pine River | 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. May 25 to September 28
Pine River Market Square 3rd & Barclay, Downtown Pine River
SATURDAYS at Ideal Corners | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Farmers’ Market in Ideal, 34988 Co Rd 39, Pequot Lakes
Accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
SATURDAYS in Crosby | 9 a.m. to Noon June 2 to October 13
Cuyuna Range Farmers Market, Main Street Plaza at the corner of Cross and Main
Accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
Find info on FaceBook
SATURDAYS at Deerwood | 9:00 a.m. – Noon
The Backyard Greenhouse, 22250 County Road 135, Deerwood
Find info on FaceBook
Click to download Farmers Market PDF CWE farmers market list
University of Minnesota Extension’s SNAP-Ed program makes the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans with limited financial resources.
Click to download PDF of Food Resources in Crow Wing County FoodResourcesBrochure 2017
HEALTHY SCHOOL FOOD
Increase access to fruits and vegetables while decreasing access to foods high in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars for student and staff at the three public school districts and Crosslake Community School in Crow Wing County. Over the long term we will measure success by showing lower obesity rates in our school aged children as well as adults, as these lifestyle changes, will carry over into their own home lives, and into their own families. To get involved in this effort contact: Arlene Jones
HEALTHY FOOD SHELVES
Working together with local farmers markets and other community partners, we would like to increase healthy food options for individuals and families who are in need. We would like to do so by:
- Establish a Crow Wing County Farmer’s Market Coalition – working together
- Assess accessibility to the community, and assist in bridging gaps in transportation or possible locations of the farmers markets.
- Develop and build partnerships in order to have an EBT reader, to assist in utilization of Market Bucks for SNAP, WIC, credit cards, and more!
- Educate and promote the local farmers markets, as to when and where they are located, and ways that you can get involved if you are interested.
To get involved in this effort contact:
Carolyn McQueen email@example.com or
Jackie Thurlow Jacqueline.Thurlow@EssentiaHealth.org
CROW WING COUNTY FOOD SHELVES
Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army Food Shelf, 208 S 5th St, Brainerd
218-829-1120 | Tues. – Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cuyuna Range Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave, Crosby
218-546-7444 | 2nd & 3rd Wed. 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Crosslake Emergency Food Shelf, 34212 CR 3, Crosslake
218-692-1004 | 1st & 3rd Fri. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Emily Area Food Shelf, 20948 Co. Rd. #1, Emily
218-763-3097 | 3rd Wed. 9:30 – 11 a.m. & Thurs. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. & 1st Wed. 9:30 – 11 a.m. bread & produce only
Garrison Area Care Givers Food Shelf, 9535 Madison St., Garrison
320-692-5399 | Tues. & Thurs. 1 – 5 p.m.
Lakes Area Food Shelf, 29280 State Hwy 371, Pequot Lakes
218-568-8474 | Tues. & Thurs. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
MDH SHARES FOODSHELF SUCCESS STORY
The MN Department of Health shared the Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army Food Shelf as a choice model.
Click link below
FAMILY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen
923 Oak Street, Brainerd
Dinner served: Monday-Saturday 5-6:30pm Sunday 12:30-2pm
Kids Pack Backpack Program
Provides a package of food once a month to help kids get by. Each pack contains 8-12 “kid friendly” food items that can be consumed with little or no preparation.
o Cuyuna Range Elementary
o Garfield Elementary
o Harrison Elementary
o Riverside Elementary
Summer Program for FREE Meals for Kids through Operation Sandwich and Schools
Provides kids with a simple bag lunch Monday – Thursday during summer school break.
June 4 – August 30
There are no income requirements, no collecting of names, and lunches are free to the community.
All are welcome! 2018 program presenting supporters are Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Essentia Health.
Lowell Elementary, Monday – Thursday 11:40 am to 12:05 pm
Garfield Elementary, Monday – Thursday 12:40 to 1:05 pm
Harrison Elementary, Monday – Thursday 12:25 to 12:50 pm
Whipple Beach Park, Baxter, Monday – Thursday 11:55 am to 12:20 pm
Barrows Town Hall, Monday – Thursday 11:50 am to 12:15 pm
Stoneybrook, Monday – Thursday 12:30 to 12:55 pm
Gregory Park, Monday – Thursday 12:15 to 12:40
Kiwanis Park, Monday – Thursday 11:45 am to 12:10 pm
To volunteer for this United Way of Crow Wing & Southern Cass Counties program, sign up online https://www.unitedwaynow.org/operationsandwich?q=operationsandwich
The Book Wagon
Take a Bite Out of Boredom with Books
On Thurdays, the Book Wagon follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to the children picking up lunches.
Reading recovery + ISD 181 will have open libraries for children to come, hang out and grab a book at the elementary schools noted above.
ISD 181 Kids Summer Food Program
Washington Education Building
Cafeteria is located in the basement.
Monday – Friday, June 4 – August 24
Breakfast 8:30 to 9 am
Lunch 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
For children 18 and under.
Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch
Nutritious lunches will be available to area youth again this summer through the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch, a free program organized by area churches and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
The lunches are available on weekdays starting Monday, June 4, through Friday, August 31, except Wednesday, July 4. They will be at the following locations:
11:15 to 11:35 a.m. in Deerwood Veteran’s Park across from the American Legion;
11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; and
12:15 to 12:35 p.m. in Ironton at Grandpa’s Park behind Wells Fargo.
Last year, a total of 4,861 lunches were served through the program. That amount compares to 4,650 lunches in summer 2016; 3,820 in 2015 and 900 in 2014, the program’s first year.
For more information or to contribute to the Lunch Bunch, contact Ellen Brandt at St. Vincent de Paul, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating your fruits and vegetables
Learn how to harvest and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables through the Pick it! Try it! Like it! education created by iGrow. Their website features tips and recipes for fruits and vegetables you can grown at home or purchase from a local farmer or grocery store.
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