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Minnesota Grown Directory can help with Thanksgiving menu planning

It's easy to incorporate Minnesota grown foods into your annual Thanksgiving meal. With the help of the Minnesota Grown Directory and some pre-planning, your holiday guests can enjoy everything from the main course to desserts made with Minnesota grown meats and produce.

Let's start with turkey, which has center stage in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Minnesota is the number one turkey producing state in the nation, with 250 family farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys annually. You can find Minnesota raised turkeys in the grocery store, at the co-op, and buy them direct from small scale farmers.

There are great locally grown foods such as potatoes, wild rice and winter squash to compliment the main course. These foods are popular and versatile, store well and can be found in stores and on the farm.

Of course, no meal would be complete without dessert and there are many options including pumpkin pie made from local pumpkins and apple pies made from Haralson and other locally grown varieties. Many Minnesota apple orchards still have their shops open for sales of apple pies and apple cider.

One of the fastest growing segments of Minnesota agriculture is the farm winery industry. From reds to whites, dry to fruity, more than 30 Minnesota wineries take orders online or over the phone, or you can stop in for a tasting and pick up a bottle or two.

You can find all these and many other Minnesota grown products in the Minnesota Grown Directory, online and in print. This year's edition is proud to have 13 wild rice producers, 26 potato farms, 113 apple orchards and more than 60 farms growing one or more varieties of squash. Visit to find a farmer near you or call 1-888-TOURISM to receive your FREE copy of the Minnesota Grown Directory.