Join us for our first ever

Tonkadale Greenhouse 2017 Edibles Expo

March 18th, 2017 | 10:00 am — 3:00 pm

You heard it here first, so save the date — Saturday, March 18th.

It’s March and that means it’s time to start thinking about the NCAA tourna…ehhhhhhh (insert buzzer sound).  No, it’s time to start thinking about all the freshies we can grow in our edible gardens! As Minnesotans, we know better than to let the weather fool us, it’s still too early to get started, but it’s not too early to start planning and scheming.

You already love the seminar, now experience the exposition which is a fancy term for a full day of learning and family friendly fun!  This one is gonna be good.

First things first –  Throughout the day, sample delightful treats and gather recipes you can make at home.  Sample tasty breads and spreads from Ruth at Great Harvest Bread Minnetonka and sip smoothie samples made with fresh produce from Lakewinds Food Co-Op.

10:00 am

We’ll start the day with our always-popular Edibles Seminar.  Grow your own – veggies and fruits, edibles for pollinators.  The zero waste food movement and much more to munch on!

Megan presentation

 11:30 am

Next up is Story Time, with our favorite children’s librarian, Kia Vang from the Wayzata Library.  This is a veggie themed stories told through music and movement.  You’re invited, too, grown-ups – we know everyone loves story time!

If you’re hungry and hungry to learn more (see what we did there), check out the food offerings and speaker line-up for the rest of the day. Here’s a bit more to whet your appetite (we can’t help ourselves!)  All presenters will post up before and after their presentation and be available for questions and answer time.

12:00 pm

Herbal Remedies at with Jodi McKee with Inspired Living Home Body Spirit – Herbs make good food great, but there is a lot more they can do. Long before modern medicine, herbs were used to alleviate the same ailments we experience today, and teas tout a variety of benefits. Plants can be used to aid digestion and ease inflammation, and who couldn’t benefit from better sleep? Learn simple ways to make already-wonderful plants even better as you use them to flavor and improve your life.

tonkadale-greenhouse-edibles-expo-2017-lavender in bloom

12:30 pm

Fermentation with Gyst Fermentation Bar.  Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation, and it’s making a comeback. Not only is fermented food and drink incredibly tasty, but it’s wildly good for you too.  Add to this the benefits of active bacteria that promote a healthy gut and it’s easy to add these foods for a healthy lifestyle. Sample kombucha and grab some pickles to take home, too!

Gyst Pickle at Tonkadale Greenhouse Edibles Expo 2017

1:30 pm

Growers from the MN Hops Growers Association and the head brewer from soon-to-open Unmapped Brewery (loving the video on their site!) will take the stage to enlighten us about the joys of growing hops and brewing beer. ‘nuf said.

Brewing beer at Tonkadale Greenhouse Edibles Expo 2017

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Smoking Cow Food Truck will be on the scene serving locally sourced food from Minnesota and Wisconsin farmers.  You will not want to miss lunch with Chef Ian Grey and his famous curds!

Eating curds at Tonkadale Greenhouse Edibles Expo 2017

Ian from the Smoking Cow Food Truck








11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Visit with the experts, ask questions, and learn about all things edibles!

  • Learn about the importance of good, healthy soil from Mississippi Topsoil the producers of your world famous Tonka Terra.
  • Understand the benefits of compost with Purple Cow Organics.  They actually have a purple cow!
  • Talk with Brenda from Bailey’s Nursery and discover all the tasty edible shrubs to add to your landscape.
  • The Hennepin County Master Gardeners (champions of the garden) will answer questions and help you plan your plantings with 1- minute edible planning consultations.
  • Seed starting and micro-greens from our in-house experts.  Shyeah! (Wayne’s World reference)
  • Mia from Bonide will tell it like it is as you feed your food (edibles like to eat, too!) and protect your garden from unwanted pests and critters.
  • Herbs in the garden – how to grow, harvest and use.

Get hands on with your choice of three projects to make-and-take, or by all means, do all 3!

  • Plant micro-greens
  • Design your own veggie stamp a tea towel
  • Plant an herb container in a terra cotta pot

Purple basil at Tonkadale Greenhouse

Be sure to take the Veggie Vow (not as serious as it sounds, just tell us what you plan to grow and eat!).  Commemorate the day in our T-dale style photo booth!  The lovely, the talented Cheryl Natt is at it again! Have you seen our mural boards? That’s her fine work, and she’s creating more masterpieces for all to enjoy. Grab a mural board, dress in props, take pics and tag your best shot! #planttheplanet @tonkadale

Kids in costume at Tonkadale Greenhouse

We love the ability to grow our own food, and we recognize we are lucky to do so. Learn about how you can support the work of local organizations and feed good food to others.  The Loaves and Fishes Farm for All will be represented along with the ICA Food Shelf and Tonkadale’s Grow and Give program.  Get involved.  You will be glad you did!

Edibles presentation at Tonkadale Greenhouse

Check out our Edibles Expo page for more information!

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See you at Tonkadale!