This post is sponsored by Tiny Diner.
By Joanna Demkiewicz
We’ve got a lot going on here at Tiny Diner. After a founding 2014 farmers market managed our by farm lead, Emi Sogabe, we launched our 2015 Farmers Market last Thursday. We were featured in Small Business Revolution (a storytelling movement dedicated to honoring small business across the United States), and we were just awarded the Environmental Initiative Sustainable Business Award for our solar use, innovative water catchment systems, urban gardening, and dedication to education.
But I bet you didn’t know that the diner itself is just the beginning. In addition to the edible perennial garden outside the restaurant, we also own the Tiny Diner Urban Farm, a cultivated space located at 3957 42nd Ave S in Minneapolis.
In addition to growing really yummy vegetables and herbs, the Urban Farm is the site of educational workshops. Urban Farm manager and community outreach coordinator Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen hosts some pretty badass workshops, on topics such as how to compost with worms or how to bench graft apple trees. The workshops are low-to-no cost, with donations welcome, and often feature local experts, so you know you’re getting a genuine experience.
But wait – there’s more. We also rent a rural farm plot consisting of two acres of land on Bruce Bacon’s Garden Farme in Ramsey, Minn. We call this space Tiny Diner@Garden Farme, and TD@GF manager Taya Schulte has a variety of bounty coming our way this summer: radishes, peas, baby kale, arugula, lamb’s quarters, wild greens, rhubarb, endive, edible flowers, squash, and 20 varieties of tomatoes. It’s OK if your mouth is currently watering because you’ve got a lot to look forward to, like a local heirloom on your burger, or a local squash in your scramble. Our Garden Farme goodies are also available at our weekly farmers market, held Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the diner’s parking lot.
Just know that for us, three’s not a crowd — it’s how we get you the good stuff.
Tiny Diner, 1024 East 38th St, Minneapolis; 612.767.3322