Menomonie Market Food Co-op

Menomonie Market Food Co-op is a customer-owned grocery store in downtown Menomonie, Wisconsin offering a wide variety of local, organic, and natural products.

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2019 Fund our Foodshed Grant Recipients

We are excited to announce our 2019 Fund Our Foodshed Grant winners!  The Fund our Foodshed program furthers the co-op’s mission of creating a thriving and healthy community by supporting the growth of regional farming, food processing, and product development in the Chippewa Valley. The funded projects strengthen operational infrastructure and increase food production, and help to rebuild our rural community

In April 2019, the MMFC Fund Our Foodshed grant committee consisting of MMFC staff, board members, and owners, reviewed eleven applications and made selections based on a variety of criteria—most importantly, the potential positive impact on the agricultural economy of the Chippewa Valley.

See our winners below! We will share each farm’s project story throughout the summer on social media, on our website, and in the store this fall to celebrate their farm improvements. Stay tuned to see your Round Up For Good dollars in action, and THANK YOU for making this program possible with your generosity!

Racing Heart Farm

Les & Els
Colfax, WI

Miles to market:  26

About the Farm:

Les and Els began Racing Heart Farm in the spring of 2014 on rented land. In 2017 they purchased their farm in Colfax and began offering a summer and winter CSA share to customers in the Chippewa Valley and beyond. MMFC is a pick up location for Racing Heart CSA customers.

Project Funded:

Equipment to complete a walk-in cooler for storage, and a hand washing station for the prep room.

Benefit to local foodshed:

Temperature control and a better washing station will allow the farm to grow and provide vegetables  to eaters throughout fall and winter. Access to ideal temperatures for food storage will increase the lifetime of product and ensure superior quality for customers. Improvements to their spaces will create a safer, more efficient work environment and more time for growing and plant care.

Rising Sun Farm and Orchard

Lindsey and Ryan
River Falls, WI

Miles to market:  35

About the Farm:

Lindsey and Ryan purchased the family farm from Ryan’s father in 2015, and expanded even further in 2018. Rising Sun Farm offers a full orchard along with many varieties of produce. They utilize 5-year crop rotation to maintain soil health and rely on cover crops to add organic matter to the soil.

Project Funded: 

Portable pig fencing with a solar powered charger, water holding tank and portable feed and water trough.

Benefit to local foodshed:

In addition to a large variety of crops, animals are a large part of the farm. Chickens fertilize and scratch through veggie fields, lambs fertilize and spread seeds throughout the pastures and maintain the grass length, and the pigs eat fallen apples and pulp from cider. The addition of portable electric fencing will allow the pigs to graze in the orchard which directly prevents insect damage to the trees.

Winnowburrow Farm

Bonnie and Josh
Colfax, WI

Miles to market:  12

About the Farm:

Bonnie and Josh purchased their farm in the spring of 2019 after 4 years of farming on rented land. While they did not grow up farming, they decided to take on the challenge together. Winnowburrow farm grows flowers, herbs, heirloom produce, mushrooms, and heirloom beans

Project Funded:

Purchase of supplies to build a grain bike for heirloom dried bean processing, and purchase of dehumidifier for their drying room.

Benefit to local foodshed:

Addition of a grain bike will streamline the process of threshing dried heirloom beans, what Winnowburrow considers an invaluable food crop. These shelf-stable beans provide beauty and diversity to the local foodshed with products not currently available in our area.


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