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Using landfills to help grow tomatoes? Brilliant!

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Local. Sustainable. Organic. As a produce buyer in Minnesota, these three adjectives are most often used to describe tomatoes grown only in the middle of August when it is 95 degrees and sunny. So why, in the dead of winter, am I talking about sustainable, organic and local tomatoes?

Just a few miles across the border in Lake Mills, Iowa, sits the Perfect Circle greenhouse. Since March 2008, Perfect Circle has been growing organic greenhouse tomatoes and distributing them to local retail outlets.

Wetherby Cranberries

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Friday, November 1, 2013

The air has once again turned brisk and I cannot help but to start thinking about Thanksgiving. I know turkey is usually the number one food for most people during this holiday; the annual pilgrimage to the meat department is something I certainly do. Turkey is good, but I am a produce guy, and when I think of Thanksgiving, I think of cranberries!

For more than 20 years, Lunds and Byerly’s has grown a wonderful relationship with the local Wetherby Cranberry Company to bring our customers the finest cranberries in the world. This exclusive item has been a staple on our shelves from harvest time well into winter.

Amaize sweet corn is amazing

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Friday, August 23, 2013

Minnesotans are fanatical about their corn. When I was working part time in one of our Byerly’s produce departments, the number one question during the month of June was, “When will you get local sweet corn?” Minnesotans crave it! I think this is because it is the quintessential fresh summer produce item.

We have all officially brushed off the cold of winter, eaten more spring berries than we can handle, and want to plunge into the heart of summer with some wholesome, local, sweet corn on the cob.

July is National Berry Month

Janice Cox, RDN, LD, Lunds and Byerly’s Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July is National Berry Month! It’s time to enjoy the bounty of summer with fabulous Driscoll’s strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.

You probably already know berries are good for you, but did you know that in addition to being delicious, they’re some of the healthiest foods to eat?

Driscoll's University: a berry farm tour

Tim Domini, Lunds 50th Street produce manager
Thursday, June 27, 2013

A group of us produce lovers from Lunds and Byerly’s recently had the privilege of travelling to California to attend “Driscoll’s University.” Driscoll’s, our primary berry provider, led our group on a two-day program to educate us on their extensive and remarkable berry operations. This included tours of nurseries, breeding facilities, ranches and distribution facilities.

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