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To save money and bolster the local food economy, start with this card

June 15, 2010

I just bought another card for my wallet, and I’m feeling pretty good about it. Finally, it’s a card offer that’s wise not to refuse (i.e., it’s not from a credit company). This one’s going to help me make my money work harder in Minnesota’s local food economy. It’s called the Local Food Lover Loyalty Program card, brought to us by our partners at Simple, Good and Tasty.

Seriously, why didn’t anyone think of this before? For $29, the card offers discounts (some one-time only and some ongoing) at several local, sustainable, organic, and fair trade businesses in the Twin Cities. I think if I use this card at least 5 times I’ve paid off its cost. I imagine I’ll probably use it much more than that by the year’s end.

Here are a few highlights:
• $20 off a farm share at Featherstone Farm
• Buy one get one free entrées at Common Roots and Brasa Premium Rotisserie
• $10 off 2 entrees at Spoonriver
• Free desserts with the purchase of an entree at the Birchwood Cafe, Restaurant Alma, and Sen Yai Sen Lek


• 10% off all purchases at Galactic Pizza, Grass Roots Gourmet, and Local D’lish
• $8 off a cake at Salty Tart
• $5 off your $25 purchase at Clancey’s Meat and Fish Market
• $5 off your $40 purchase at Linden Hills Co-op
• 2 free items with a $20 purchase from Sweet Cheeks Baby Food
• A free glass of wine with the purchase of an entree at the Craftsman
• A buy one get one free sandwich at Golden’s Deli
• Buy 1 get 1 free ice cream cones at Pumphouse Creamery every month for a year
• $2 off every $10 purchase at Fireroast Mountain Café
• 20% off all of your purchases at

New businesses recently added: Butter, Grand Cafe, Farm to Fork, Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, Red Stag Superclub, The Wedge, Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables, Mary Langfield Diet and Lifestyle Consulting, Sweet Cheeks Baby Food, Golden’s Deli, and Mississippi Market Co-op.

Here at The Minnesota Project, the Heartland Food Network works alongside SGT to help these restaurants find and use more locally grown ingredients in their establishments. By incentivizing more consumers to buy local with special deals, we help shift the balance in favor of local and sustainable. I hope this concept just grows and grows—and it looks like the buzzing in the PRESS ought to help. If you’re already a card holder, be sure to register your card to receive new partner offers in your email from Simple Good and Tasty each month. I’m thinking about Craftsman for dinner. That free glass of wine really sweetens the pot…

Happy eating!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Eric Haugee permalink
    June 16, 2010 2:17 pm

    Wonderful idea, and I wish I could support it, but geez, only 4 out of the 30 offers are in St. Paul (to be fair, some are a stone’s throw from the border), and, aside from the few internet-only offers, nothing in Greater Minnesota. I don’t mean to be a Debbie downer–its really a great concept, I hope its expanded, and maybe its just that not that many businesses out side of Minneapolis wanted to sign up, but once again, “Minnesota” seems to really mean “Minneapolis.”

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