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Farm Direct Minnesota - A Facebook Page And Now Website - To Connect Farmers And People.

People have asked why I started "Farm Direct Minnesota.“ My answer is simple; to connect farmers and people.

I was seeing all the news of the farmers having to plow under crops, and of the farmer in Idaho who took all his potatoes and dumped them into a field, TONS of potatoes! But then he posted the location of his potatoes to his Facebook account and said that people should come and get them, and come they did. I do believe he got rid of them all!

There was also the milk dumping in Wisconsin - so, so sad. I grew up in Wisconsin. My parents and their parents were farmers. My aunts and uncles, farmers... I remember going to my Aunt Fran’s and dipping into the bulk tank to get out cream so we could take it home, and my mom and sister Susan (Sue) and I would make butter. I so loved that. I did not grow up on a farm, as my parents had already sold their farm when I was born, but my parent did raise chickens for food. And yup, I helped butcher. There is nothing like farm fresh chicken.

With all those memories and seeing all this happening I though “what can I do to help???" I have had facebook pages before and have an understanding of how they run and I am the administer of a number of sites, so this seemed to be right up my alley. I wondered how I could get all these farmers and customers together? I did some research to see if there was anything else out there and I found Farm Direct Wisconsin. That site inspired me to go for it!

What did I hope to achieve when I first started this site? As I said - just to bring farmers/ranchers and those who would sell at a farmers market together with their customers, and allow new customers a way to get food that they are struggling to get. I hope Farm Direct Minnesota can leveling the playing field for farmers and consumers.

The response so far has been overwhelming, but in a GREAT way! We have 430+ farmers/ranchers/vendors- include CSA Farms, Farmers Markets, and Cottage Food Producers. I have added two moderators to help me with the shear volume of people coming on the site and posting. I have had a wonderful designer Katie Kovatovich of KKAdvertising.com reach out out to me and do an amazing logo based on some of my ideas.

Of course, I could not do this without the support of my husband, Oskar Granquist; Granquist and Associates, LLC. Oskar works in infrastructure and economic development.

I look forward to what the future of this site will bring.

"Farm Direct Minnesota really restores my faith in humanity." -Sazzy Calhoun

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Sazzy Calhoun and Oskar Granquist- Farm DIrect MnnesotaSazzy Calhoun and husband Oskar Granquist

 


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