Best Place to Buy Local Foods
Kieran Folliard, of Two Gingers fame, opened Food Building in northeast Minneapolis in 2016 as an incubator where local food producers could focus on their craft. The building is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday and provides a fascinating glimpse into the commitment to traditional methods practiced by the two current residents, Red Table Meat Co. and Baker’s Field Flour & Bakery. Sadly, one of the original businesses, the Lone Grazer Creamery, recently succumbed to the economics of being a small producer in a Walmart world. Tuesday through Friday you can take a self-guided tour through the cavernous 26,000-square-foot space and watch Steve Horton milling flour and baking, and Mike Phillips and his team creating world-class salumi (insider’s tip: Red Table Meat gets its whole hogs on Fridays). On Saturday, for $15 you can take a 45-minute tour that includes tastings. Then it’s just a few steps to Draft Horse, the Food Building restaurant, which features dishes made with ingredients produced onsite and also sells those ingredients for you to take home.