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Local Food

MPS is committed to supporting local farmers and food producers in our community. We are proud that approximately 25% of the food we purchase comes from local businesses.

What is local?

Our district's local food purchases include produce, meat, dairy, legumes, grains, and value-added food products. To define local food products, MPS adheres to the Good Food Purchasing Program's definition of "local" as being sourced and/or produced within 250 miles (500 miles for meat) of our location. 

Local Produce

If it grows in our region, you can almost certainly bet that we source it from local farms for our students to enjoy!
  • Farm to School Produce: MPS works directly with a more than a dozen small and mid-sized partner farmers located within 250 miles of the Twin Cities to buy a variety of produce grown specifically for our district. Our Farm to School partner farms use sustainable growing methods and are selected through an annual, competitive bidding process. Learn more about our Farm to School partner farms and annual bidding process. 
  • Local Produce: If we're not able to source specific items from our Farm to School partner farms, then we'll look for ways to buy it from another farm in our area. Local produce includes all additional produce grown by farms located within 250 miles of the Twin Cities.  
Depending on the season, the following Farm to School & local items can be found in MPS lunchrooms: Acorn Squash, Apples, Beauty Heart Radishes, Beets, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumbers, Delicata Squash, Golden Beets, Jalapeno Peppers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Parsnips, Pinto Beans, Purple Daikon Radishes, Red Potatoes, Red Radishes, Rolled Oats, Romaine, Russet Potatoes, Rutabaga, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Zucchini Squash, Wheat berries

Local Proteins

MPS partners with local meat suppliers to source high-quality meat products for our students, including beef, bison, chicken, and turkey.

Other Local Foods

MPS menus are selected and continually updated to reflect student preferences and the many vibrant cultural traditions represented in our school communities. We are proud to work with an ever-expanding set of local suppliers from family-owned start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.