Thirty years ago, variety was hard to come by at Twin Cities farmers markets. But that’s changed, with many operations boasting an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Much of it is grown by Hmong-American farmers, who have firmly established their influence on the local food scene.
“They specialize in produce for all different types of cultures,” said Sina Pleggenkuhle, Assistant Manager at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. “So you have people from African communities that come to our farmer market specifically and shop with Hmong farmers because they have produce that’s specific to their culture and cuisine.”
Mike Moen reports on how this family tradition from another side of the world found new life in the Midwest.
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