A healthy home run
The salads return this month to Target Field, courtesy of Roots for the Home Team, a kid-based business in which kids grow the veggies, create the salads and sell them to baseball fans. In its third year, the menu features new salads: Calliya Pizza Salad, Cracklin’ Cajun Salad, Kickin’ Quinoa Salad, Big Bang Seoul Salad, Tic Tac Taco Salad and Mela’s Tater-Thorne Salad. Missing your favorite from last year? Check out the website, which has all the recipes, at http://rootsforthehometeam.org. The program involves more than 150 kids and two urban farming groups from the Twin Cities — Youth Farm and Urban Roots. They learn skills and responsibility; fans get healthy, delicious fare. This year’s concession dates are June 7-8 and 21-22; July 5-6, 19-20 and 26-27; Aug. 16-17 and 23-24, and Sept. 6-7 and 20-21. Look for the giant orange carrot by their stand, and as their slogan says: Rev up that salad swagger.
Play with your food
Feeling competitive? Or just hungry? Mississippi Market Co-op is hosting a Co-op Cook-off “to put the playfulness back into your kitchen adventures.” The event, for teams of four, is 9 a.m. to noon June 21 at the W. 7th Street store in St. Paul. After a light breakfast, each team will create an appetizer and a main course, using ingredients assigned from the shelves and coolers of the co-op, combined with a variety of pantry stables provided by cosponsor Urban Relish, whose instructors will help as needed. Ingredients include meats, grains and vegetables and will require a grilling component. Team fee is $115 ($100 for non-co-op members.) Winners receive bragging rights and prizes. For details and to register, visit www.msmarket.coop/events.
Support Midtown Farmers Market
The Midtown Farmers Market Fundraiser with Eat for Equity is 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Av. S., Minneapolis. Along with a market-inspired feast, there’s local music, home-brew and a silent auction. All are welcome, but a $15-$30 donation is requested. Donate online when you RSVP, or pay at the door. Want to lend a hand? Sign up to volunteer and RSVP at http://midtownfarmersmarket.org.
War Fare online
Food is a factor of history, and gets stellar treatment in “War Fare: From the Homefront to the Frontlines,” the first large-scale online exhibition by the national World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., this year during the centennial of the war’s beginning. The exhibition includes detailed ration lists for soldiers from different countries; photographs and comments from key figures in the Great War; a State Department-issued 1918 cookbook, “Win the War in the Kitchen,” with updated recipes and images for the modern era. The exhibition also reinforces how food helped determine the outcome of the war, as German rations progressively worsened, even while as much food as possible was directed toward the front lines to support the troops. Learn more at http://exhibitions.theworldwar.org./#.