LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER of Splendid Table fame, and multiple James Beard Award winner, is a long time Twin Cities farmer's market customer. She writes about F&E Marketplace:
"Where were you when you first tasted a tomato so good the earth moved? I'll bet it was a farmers market. That tomato moved the planet because a farmer intentionally chose that particular type for its flavor, it was a local, grown maybe an hour out of town and picked just the day before. That’s why farmers markets are so essential. They encourage excellence. Farmers have audiences for the chances they take on quality. And our money goes directly to the people who grow our food. Well, we don’t know if outdoor farmers markets are in the cards this year. But there’s a very good stand in.
It’s a virtual market where we can choose that same quality from each local and sustainable farmer and producer. Orders are delivered to a nearby drop point and we collect them with no human contact. It’s a brilliant idea on several levels. First, we get quality, freshness and a chance to try the new things farmers come up with every year. Second, and maybe most important, is we’re supporting farmers and small producers at a time when their usual income sources are closed down. Here’s one way a small extra bit of money can do a great deal of good in this difficult time. And we’ll get first dibs on that wonderful tomato."
~Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Saint Paul, MN Resident
"How wonderful to fill my pantry with these beautiful foods by makers who care about gracious eating and cooking as much as I do. With these lining the shelves, I feel as though I have my best friends in the kitchen cooking alongside me, helping me make all my dishes — soups, stews, salads — pretty and tasty!"
MECCA BOS, national food writer, cultural critic, chef, jack-of-all podcast trades and farmer's market aficionado:
"I have been a big fan of Frank & Earnest since I first started their Linden Hills Farmers Market marketing program many years ago. At the time, I was the Food Blogger and Dining Critic for City Pages, and I was inundated with press releases and PR materials. Still, Frank & Earnest materials stood out to me, and I became a big fan of the Linden Hills farmer's market and its vendors. Most of the vendors had fascinating food stories in their own right, and I set about trying to tell them, one by one. Frank & Earnest has an eye for detail, and an obvious passion for food and entrepreneurship that goes way beyond business."
~ Mecca Bos, Minneapolis, MN Resident.