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Minnesota Foodshed connecting local farmers with wholesale buyers

A program born out of the pandemic is connecting Minnesota farmers with wholesale buyers.

Minnesota Cooks program manager Claudine Arndt says the Minnesota Foodshed launched in the spring and calls it a hybrid of a dating site and Craigslist.

“Because one can create a profile for their business, either a farmer or a wholesale buyer, and you can also browse profiles of others whom you might be attracted to doing business with. And then Craigslist because there’s an area of the site called the Exchange.”

She tells Brownfield that’s where farmers can post about what they’re selling, and buyers can list what they’re looking to buy.

“We always called that ‘playing matchmaker’ and had just started to wonder if we could facilitate this on a larger scale, and the pandemic seemed like a good time to get to work on a project like that.”

The Food Shed went live in May.

Brownfield interviewed Arndt during the Minnesota Farmers Union Convention in Minneapolis Saturday.

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