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Published August 05, 2009, 12:00 AM

MDA launches improved online directory for locally grown foods

Searching for locally grown foods in Minnesota has become easier with improvements to the online Minnesota Grown Directory from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

Searching for locally grown foods in Minnesota has become easier with improvements to the online Minnesota Grown Directory from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

The comprehensive local foods directory contains listings in 77 counties that feature 750 farms, farmers markets and other locations to find the freshest food available.

The online improvements to the Minnesota Grown Directory include a new mapping system using Google Map technology, making it easy to get directions from any location to a farm or market. The location and directions can also be e-mailed to a friend.

The search function of the directory has also been upgraded to list cities or farms by alphabetical order or sort by distance.

Producers can add additional announcements, photos and details to their listings that aren’t available in the printed directory.

The online directory includes everything that’s listed in the printed directory plus more than a dozen farms that have joined the program since its publication.

Try out the new online Minnesota Grown Directory at www.minnesotagrown.comwww.minnesotagrown.com.

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