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Minnesota Grown Directory has record-breaking edition

The new Minnesota Grown Directory boasts a record number of farms and other local listings where consumers can buy direct from the producer.

The 2013-14 edition features 970 listings including wineries, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, Christmas tree farms and lots, garden centers, meat and dairy producers, and orchards.

Minnesota Grown spokeswoman Jessica Miles said this is the first time the directory has been printed in full color, making it much easier for consumers to use.

"Each section of the directory is color-coded, enabling consumers to more quickly search listings by region," she said.

Minnesota Grown partnered with the Institute for Agriculture Trade Policy (IATP) to include farm facts and promote kid-friendly fun in the directory, according to Miles.

Many activities, such as planning a farm tour, are outlined throughout the directory. Parents, teachers and others can use these activities as a tool to introduce children to what makes agriculture fun.

Printed copies of the free Minnesota Grown Directory can be ordered through Explore Minnesota Tourism at 1-888-TOURISM or online at

An online version of the directory is also available at Users can enter their city or zip code to see a map of Minnesota Grown farms near them.