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Back by popular demand - the Minnesota Grown Directory

Finding great locally grown foods is at your fingertips when you pick up a copy of the new Minnesota Grown Directory. The 2012 directory makes it easy to locate orchards, farmers markets, berry farms and garden centers where you can purchase products directly from the grower.

Minnesota Grown spokesperson Carrie Tollefson again graces the cover of this annual publication. She says fresh fruits and veggies are an important part of a healthy diet and buying them locally helps support Minnesota's farmers.

"I grew up in rural Minnesota and know how hard our farmers work to produce the food we eat," said Tollefson. "The Minnesota Grown Directory makes it easy to find what locally grown foods are available in my neighborhood and at hundreds of locations throughout the state."

More than 190,000 copies of the free guide are distributed by tourist information centers, farms, libraries, real estate agents, retailers, and other supporters of local growers.

The printed directory is made possible by the participation of more than 945 listed growers, more than 20 ad sponsors, and cover sponsorship by the MN Farmers Union. A complimentary copy may be ordered by calling Explore Minnesota Tourism at 1-888-TOURISM (868-7476). The guide is also offered online as a searchable database on the Minnesota Grown website at