"Local Items on the Menu"

By KBJR News 1

October 12, 2011 Updated Oct 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM CDT

A growing number of Northland restaurants are incorporating locally grown and organic options into their menus these days.

But in this week's "Your Green Life", Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes us to a café where local foods are their number one priority.

Fried Eggs, Bacon, Toast with homemade jelly. Sounds like a perfect way to start the day. And of course you expect those foods to be good but most of us don't expect that they're all locally grown.

"We really try hard to bring in products that are locally grown with sustainable practices", said Kirk Bratrud, general manager of Chester Creek Café.

Many feel more confident of what they're eating when they know it's come from a Northland source.

"What brought here was the food the organic food, we like everything that's natural about it", said Lynda Dietrich. Customer of Chester Creek Café.

The Chester Creek Café also has its own small garden in which they grow herbs and other items to help supply fresh ingredients.
Others items like pork for the breakfast sausage come local farms.

"I had a grandfather that who was a farmer and sometimes sitting around the table he would say things like 'No one ever owns their land, it is something you have use of and you should try to take good care of it. My goal is to leave it better than when I came here'", said Bratrud.

And sustainability is an important buzz word at the Chester Creek Café as well.
The tables and chairs are all made from recycled wood.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

Chester Creek Café also plans to participate in "Save The Farm"
This event will be on October 24th "Food Day" at Chester Creek Cafe. Local Dishes will be available to try and the goal is to raise $250 to the Farmland Trust to assist local farmers.