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Eating Local: A Trip to Riverbend Farm in Delano, MN

"Take these," Greg Reynolds says, handing me a handful of rubber bands and a clipper. 

"Ah, uh, mmm…," I stammer.

"They’re for the arugula," he offers. Pull 'em out and clip 'em just below the crown. Then rubber band 'em two times around." Maybe Greg doesn’t realize who he’s talking to, or maybe, more likely, he's having fun at my expense.

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Progress on Our Backyard Farm

I've written glowingly about the past about A Backyard Farm, a company started by Joan James and Coleen Gregor this summer to help people construct, start, and farm raised beds on their own yards (You can read my previous post on A Backyard Farm here), so I decided it's time to update you on our garden's progress, and our experience with Joan and Coleen. Here goes:

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What's in the Box This Week? Tomatoes!

Last week was a bit of a lost one for me, farmshare-wise. My family was on vacation, so we had a friend pick up - and keep - our box. I enjoyed the rare adventure of getting the bulk of our food from farmers markets and co-ops this week, but I missed out on the fun of trying to figure out what to do with the new foods in my farmshare.

As a result, I was more than a little bit excited to pick up this week's farmshare bounty. Here's what came this week, with a photo, suggestions, and descriptions straight from Harmony Valley Farm:

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Recap of the 7/29 Simple, Good, and Tasty Dinner at the Red Stag Supper Club

What a fun night we had at the Red Stag Supper Club in Minneapolis! The room was gorgeous, the food was superb, and the company was best of all. The photos, taken by my friend, fellow foodie, and excellent blogger Kate Sommers of Les Petites Images, tell the story way better than I can.

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Why Buy Local Food?

Alex Christensen is a regular contributor to Simple, Good, and Tasty.

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July Simple, Good, and Tasty Dinner Tonight at the Red Stag Supper Club

Here are the details for tonight's dinner:

Where: Red Stag Super Club, Minneapolis (http://www.redstagsupperclub.com/)When: 7/29, 7:00Cost: $35 for 3 course meal, not including tax, tip, or boozeContact the Red Stag: 509 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, 612.767.7766Contact me: lee@simplegoodandtasty.com

And here's a sneak peek at the menu, just to get you excited:

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Bill Baskin Out at the Seward; Future Still Bright.

We're happy to introduce Ben Solberg, our newest writer and photographer. This is his first article for Simple, Good, and Tasty.

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Lenny Russo: Why There's No Such Thing as Cheap Food

Lenny Russo photo by Kate SommersLenny Russo photo by Kate SommersLenny Russo has been considered one of the top chefs in the Twin Cities for more than a decade. He’s served as Executive Chef at W.A. Frost; General Manager/Chef at the New French Café; Food and Beverage Director/Chef at the Loring Café; and Executive Chef at Faegre's. In 2006, four years after he and his wife Mega had opened Heartland Restaurant in St. Paul, Chef Russo was contracted by Bon Appétit Management Company to helm the kitchens of the restaurants in the new Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, including Cue—a post he left in 2007.

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