Eat for Equity Goes Rural

Eat For Equity goes Rural!

I’ve just put Lanesboro Local on my dinner menu for February 11. That’s the day Eat for Equity (E4E) is coming to cook up a local feast in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Founder Emily Torgrimson and board vice president Laura Nethercut both grew up in Fillmore County (Fillmore Central, Class of 2002).

E4E has volunteered to put on a pre-Valentines spread of locally produced delectables in Lanesboro. The dinner will benefit Lanesboro Local, a non-profit whose mission is to help growers, producers and artisans in rural southeastern Minnesota produce more goods and find markets for their local bounty.

The dinner event begins at 6:00 pm February 11, at the home of Peggy Hanson and Frank Wright at 500 Calhoun Ave S, Lanesboro (formerly the Cady Hayes Bed & Breakfast establishment). Everyone – from near, from far – is invited to join in, to meet some local food producers and to enjoy a delicious feast of cooked-from-scratch local food! Who knows? Such good eats may cause you to imagine a bigger role for local foods in your household.

Come as you are. Give what you can. Bring your friends!

E4E aims to include everyone. So the cost of your dinner is your decision. A donation of $20 or more is suggested — whatever level of generosity you feel you can offer. All proceeds go to sustain Lanesboro Local Marketplace and its programs designed to strengthen rural communities in greater southeastern Minnesota. 

Reservations are encouraged. Email or leave a message at the Marketplace, 507-467-2944. You can also stop by 207 Parkway Avenue N in Lanesboro and sign up. Winter hours are noon to 6, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information email Andrea


Kitty Baker grew up on a mixed ag farm, then in a small town, near Rochester, MN. She and husband Keith raised two daughters, living in Kansas City and Minneapolis. A professional writer, Kitty enjoys topics of lifestyle and food, especially since 1999, when they bought a farm, Root River Wilds, just north of Lanesboro, MN. The farm’s spectacularly varied acreage -- bluffs and woods, pastures and restored prairies cut with trails and wrapped in the oxbow of the North Branch of the Root River -- is rich with opportunities to discover and share ways to live abundantly. Her last article for SGT was: Up the ante this holiday season: Improvising with local foods.