Who The Folk?! Jake Jarecki

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Apparently the smallish, sun-drenched lawn behind Bet Shalom is the perfect amount of space to start a business. That’s where Jake Jarecki started Feed Me Farms, his urban farming venture that has plots throughout the western suburbs. Jake talks about what led him down this career path, the challenges of urban farming, what he’s got […]

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Who The Folk?! Kerry Gershone

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How did the pandemic lead Kerry Gershone to start her cottage food business? It turns out the need to make baked goods for people doesn’t diminish when you don’t have co-workers to see in person. Gershone just last week launched her new baking business Eat Bubbaleh. We talk about what led her to start the […]

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Who The Folk?! Rachel Ingber

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What led Rachel Ingber to start a publishing business when she doesn’t have a publishing background? Ingber talks about that and why she started Heirloom Collaborative. She talks about some of the incredible cookbooks she’s creating, how she got so good at what it takes to do the work, and some of the great food […]

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Candy Board Trend Hits Minneapolis In Time For Passover

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With three jobs and six kids between them, it’s not like Cassie Benowitz, Lauren Sundick, and Maddy Persuitti had a ton of extra time on their hands. But that hasn’t stopped the three friends from launching a new business — with a special offering for Passover. Candy 4 Supper, which launched last month around Valentine’s […]

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Zoom Event Teaches Sustainable Farming, Seed Saving, & Kosher Ethics

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Over a virtual vegetarian meal Thursday night, community members gathered for YALA Twin Cities’ event “ECO-mmunity: Planting, Buying, and Eating Sustainably,” where local leaders in sustainable food systems discussed land stewardship, eco-kashrut, and the “magic of seeds.” YALA is the young adult program of the Jewish Federations of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and the Zoom […]

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Who The Folk?! Marley Zoss

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When a passion for baking turns into a business, does it matter when the owner is 12? Not for Marley Zoss. Marley is the owner of Marley’z Cakes + Cupcakes, and is baking up any custom flavor creation you can think of. We talk about where her love for baking started, why turn it into […]

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New To The Twin Cities? You Deserve A Warm Welcome 

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As I was planning this month’s virtual cook and chat for newcomers to the Twin Cities, I started reflecting on my own move here in August of 2012.  We were picked up at the airport and whisked into a big comfortable car where our kids were given individually packed goody bags. The rental home we […]

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Who The Folk?! Evana Kvasnik

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What do you do when you’re a vegan but can’t find challah? You could just make your own, but why not start a whole bakery? That’s what Evana Kvasnik did when she launched eViee’s Vegan Challah and Desserts this past fall. We talk about why she started a vegan bakery, the need for this kind […]

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Israeli Treat Taste Test

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Several weeks ago, I asked my 9-year old what she wanted for Hanukkah. I was surprised that one of her requests was “treats from around the world.” What a wonderful and different response than the one I thought I would receive. But wait, from where and what exactly? Lucy knew exactly what she wanted – […]

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Who The Folk? Emily Lauer

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What’s it like trying to run your home-based bakery business while your entire household is also at home? Emily Lauer decided that was the time to move Fruit and Grain out of the house and to start expanding. We talk about how she has managed to grow her business during the pandemic, some of the […]

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