Food & Health

Food/Health related items - restaurants, gyms, events.

HCI funds five “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their July and August 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.

Breast Care Center offers 'spa' experience

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is offering a “mini-spa experience” with every mammogram scheduled on10 dedicated days during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Dr. Hans Bengtson joins OFC

Hans Bengtson, MD

Hans Bengtson, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined the practice of Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic of Northfield, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Dr. Bengtson will be working with Robert Shepley, MD; Brad Wille, MD; Clint Muench, MD; and Erik Stroemer, MD. He will see a full range of patients in clinic at Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic in Northfield and at FamilyHealth Medical Clinics in Lakeville and Farmington. He will operate at Northfield Hospital.  

Dr. Bengtson’s professional association with OFC is a homecoming of sorts. He is a graduate of Northfield High School. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, performed his residency at Marshall University in Huntington, West Va. and recently completed an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. His physician services are provided by Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, P.A. of Mankato.

Hospital offers emergency medical training


Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering training this fall to prepare students for emergency medical responder (EMR) or emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 17, the class will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings and alternate Saturday afternoons throughout the fall at EMS base headquarters at 1600 Riverview Drive. The classes are designed to maximize your time and energy to position you for certification.

The ABCs of the Affordable Care Act

League of Women Voters

Interested in learning about the options available to you under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?  Want more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace?  The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a public forum addressing the ACA on Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Local Fruit Farms and Orchards


Summer is the season for fresh, ripe fruit and berries, and there are several places around Northfield where you and your family can buy fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruit—or pick them yourself. Here’s a current list:

Lorence’s Berry Farm. Strawberries and raspberries. 28625 Foliage Avenue. (507) 645-9749.

Silkey Gardens. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, apples, blueberries. E. 115th Street.  (507) 645-4158.

Little Hill Farm. Blueberries. 4174 320th St. W. (612) 599-5548. 

Cherry Leaf Farm. Cherries. 9697 Decker Avenue. (612) 669-4778.

Fireside Orchard. Apples (mid-August). 2225 Lonsdale Blvd. E. (Hwy 19).  (507) 663-1376.

Organic Compost Program Available to Northfielders


The city has established a pilot program for householders on the west side to compost their food waste. If successful, this may become a citywide service in the future.  However, there is an opportunity for other residents to collect food wastes for composting, although it means taking a trip from time to time to the city’s Compost Site on Armstrong Road, from where, according to TJ. Heinricy, Northfield’s Street and Park Supervisor, the organic waste is taken by Waste Management to a site in Empire, to be composted.

Summer Lunches for Kids

 The Community Action Center is working with the USDA to provide summer lunches to children.  Lunches will be provided to all children without charge under standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Lunches will be available at two Northfield sites.  At Jefferson Square Apartments, 1356 Jefferson Road, lunches will be served from 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  At Emmaus Church, 712 Linden Street, lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The summer lunch program will begin at both sites on Monday, June 10.  Lunches will be served on Monday - Friday until August 30, 2013, except for July 4th and 5th.  The meal is available to all children under 18.  All children may participate regardless of race, color, national origin, gender or disability.  Complaints of discrimination can be addressed to the USDA at 866-632-9992.

For more information, call the Community Action Center at 507-664-3550.

History of Northfield Restaurants Exhibit Opens at Historical Society

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Running a restaurant is hard work. Fortunately, Northfield has had a long history of places to eat meals carefully prepared and served by people of vision, energy, creativity and determination. Many of these places, in addition to providing food, serve as gathering spots, adding to the character of the community. Some have had short lives, while others have been in business for decades.

The current Northfield Historical Society exhibit provides a glimpse of the long history of eating-places in our town.  NHS Director Hayes Scriven says the exhibit features those places still open and which have been in business the longest.  Others, including some that have passed into history, are also documented. The exhibit will be on display through the summer.

Meditation Events to Promote Mental Health Awareness

Would you like to be happier? Could you use more kindness in your life? The Rice County Mental Health Collective invites the public to learn more about the practice of meditation at its positive psychology “Jam” sessions on May 14 and May 15.

Make mammogram part of spring ritual

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is inviting women to combine an important Spring Screening with their seasonal Spring Cleaning.

  Those who schedule mammograms on eight select days in May --- May 1, 8, 9, 13, 14, 22, 23 and 28 --- will receive a complementary potted plant and treat. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, Fridays 7:30-4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-4 p.m. Evening appointments are available until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. For an appointment, call 507-646-1143.

Northfield Community Garden 2013

Watering the Garden

Greenvale Park Community Garden is now making applications available for the 2013 gardeningseason. A limited number of 10 x 10’ and 10 x 20’ plots will be available. Gardeners can plant what theychoose and will be responsible for weeding, watering, harvesting and otherwise maintaining their plotsthroughout the growing season. All gardeners at the community garden will use organic gardeningmethods, and experienced gardeners will be available to help newer gardeners learn the necessaryskills. In addition to gardening in their own plots, gardeners will participate on work teams to sharetasks like maintaining the compost, mowing and trimming grassy areas, and tending the Sharing Plot.

All the produce from the Sharing Plot is donated to the Northfield Food Shelf.

Hops, Grapes & History - Northfield Historical Society Benefit Coming Soon


The Northfield Historical Society presents “Hops, Grapes & History,” a benefit event on Saturday, March 2 at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. The evening includes a beer and wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring a hand-selected variety of Minnesota craft beers and wines; hors d’oeuvres; and a silent auction with a chance to bid on numerous goods and services from local businesses. Then from 9 to 11:30 p.m., the event concludes with a not-to-be-missed performance of “Guaranteed Cash,” a tribute to the songs and sounds of Johnny Cash, performed by legendary guitarist Bob Wootten (lead guitarist for Johnny Cash’s band for over thirty years) and country rockers, Six Mile Grove.

All 3 Northfield Elementary Schools meet the HealthierUS School Challenge

Bridgewater Elementary School, Greenvale Park Elementary School and Sibley Elementary School in Northfield, MN are making national news by working to support and improve the health of our children and our community.

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.  It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.  Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime.  Schools, such as Bridgewater Elementary School, Greenvale Park Elementary School and Sibley Elementary School, that champion the HUSSC work hard to make changes to their school nutrition environment in order to (1) improve the quality of the foods served, (2) provide students with nutrition education, and (3) provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity. 

Sustainable Food Advocate and Former Bon Appétit Executive Helene York to Present Carleton College Convocation

Helene York

Carleton College will host Helene York, an advocate for sustainable food who directed the purchasing initiatives of the Bon Appétit Management Company (Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges’ food service provider) from 2005 until 2013, on Friday, Jan. 25. York’s presentation, “Beyond Consumer Activism: What Companies Must Do to Fix a Broken Food System,” will discuss how Bon Appétit works to make more sustainable food available to its large network of clients. Carleton’s weekly convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

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