OUR PARTNERS

FARM FRESH SUPPLIERS

We are so fortunate to work with local communities and communities around the world who are commintted to the Earth and its sustainability. This section is dedicated to our partners providing us with the fresh, home grown ingredients that are the flavors of The Watershed Cafe.

“The Watershed Cafe is what it is because of the farmers and ranchers and gardeners and cheesemakers and bakers and piemakers and ‘movers and shakers’ and ‘dreamers of dreams’ for a better world”

– Customer of The Watershed Cafe

OUR PARTNERS

MEAT & EGGS

PETERSON CRAFTSMAN MEATS

Peterson Craftsman Meats is a family owned and operated farm in the St. Croix River Valley near Osceola, WI that practices pasture-raised cattle farming.
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WILD IDEA BUFFALO COMPANY

Dan O'Brien founded Wild Idea Buffalo Company on the prairie grasslands of South Dakota in 1997, with a mission to restore the health of the prairies, provide habitat for hundreds of species, and respectfully care for the native animals. In turn, these actions improve earth and provide a healthy, red meat alternative, that can be consumed with a clear conscience for people who care about environmental sustainability and our food supply.
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LOCALLY LAID EGG COMPANY (LoLa)

In Wrenshall, MN, Locally Laid Egg Company (LoLa) was built on the ideal that all animals, especially chickens, deserve a quality life in the outdoors. LoLa's chickens are locally grown and pasture-raised; they get exercise, fresh air, and room to roam. They eat from the land, getting the food and nutrients they naturally need. In short, healthy chickens produce healthy eggs. The company has since expanded, working with regional farmers with shared environmental values to ensure eggs laid locally are a readily accessible resource.
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GREEN TEETH FARM

Located in Frederic, WI, Green Teeth Farm is home to the Hunter Family, where chickens and sheep roam free. The family raises Cornish Cross meat chickens on the pasture, allowing the chickens to graze on native prairie land and organic feed. The chickens live good lives on the farm, until, as Green Teeth Farm states it, "they have one bad day" ... and then they provide us with good, healthy, sustainable food.
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OUR PARTNERS

VEGETABLES

BLACKBROOK FARM

Located in Amery, WI, Blackbrook Farm is the Certified Organic family farm of James and Ayla. On 140 acres of pasture, woods, and ponds, they grow fresh produce and raise pastured chickens, pigs, and Scottish highland cattle.
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FINNEY AND THE FUNGI

In nearby Lindstrom, MN, lives Andrew Finsness - known to many as Finney of Finney and The Fungi - a guy who grows fresh, local, edible mushrooms all year long.
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OUR PARTNERS

DAIRY

CRYSTAL BALL FARMS

Crystal Ball Farms is a family-owned and operated dairy farm located along the St. Croix River in Osceola, WI.
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COSMIC WHEEL CREAMERY

Cosmic Wheel Creamery lives at Turnip Rock Farm, a sustainable CSA in Clear Lake, WI. This small, family-owned creamery produces artisan cheeses including aged, raw milk, natural rind, and fresh cheeses.
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OUR PARTNERS

HONEY & MAPLE SYRUP

The Beez Kneez, LLC

The Beez Kneez is located in the St. Croix River Valley, along the Trade River near Grantsburg, WI. It is the honey hive of owner and founder Kristy Lynn Allen, whose passion for honey bees led her to a life of sustainable beekeeping. In the more than 10 years of business production, Kristy now manages 150 hives on small-scale farms throughout the St. Croix River Valley.
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PEACE LUTHERAN PURE MAPLE SYRUP / DON’S SUGAR SHACK

The Maple trees in the St. Croix River Valley tell a sweet story made up of the neighborly efforts of one local resident and the community of many. Through the partnership and hard work of youth and families from area churches, and Don Hansen of Don's Sugar Shack in Taylors Falls, MN, more than 10,000 gallons of sap are collected from local trees to produce hundreds of gallons of syrup.
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OUR PARTNERS

COFFEE

DULUTH COFFEE COMPANY

The Duluth Coffee Company is committed to providing quality coffee using high quality green beans, proper roasting and freshness. Green beans are selected based on understanding of the farm, processing and shipping, and the beans are roasted on-site in Duluth, MN.
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OUR PARTNERS

RESTAURANT SUPPLIERS

SYSCO

Sysco is the global leader in food distribution and non-food products to restaurants and customers around the world. Through Sysco, The Watershed Cafe mindfully sources high-quality, specialty items; environmentally-friendly products; and sustainably grown whole foods and produce.
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BIX

Located in Little Canada, MN, BIX connects us with farm fresh produce grown locally, regionally, and nationally. This farmer-focused organization sources fruits, vegetables and other speciality products from partnerships with over 30 local farmers and producers.
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UPPER LAKES FOODS

Located in Cloquet, MN, Upper Lakes Foods is a family-owned and operated food distributor with our same commitment to the health of the environment and local communities. Through this regional partner, we source many of our natural, organic, and specialty ingredients.
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