Going Green with Rivertown Inn

Last year, the owners of Rivertown Inn set a goal for the Inn to “go green” and over the past year, the staff members here at Rivertown Inn have brainstormed new ways to become more environmentally-friendly. Chef Ray Wyatt has really taken this project to heart. Not only are we featuring two new new Food & Wine Events focusing on organic and Minnesota grown products, Chef Ray is also rethinking the food products we use at the Inn on a daily basis.  His effort has now led us to working with Blue Gentian Farm.

Blue Gentian Farm specializes in naturally grown heritage breeds and heirloom vegetables. They offer grass-fed Scottish Highland beef, Saint Croix lamb, Berkshire pork, Bourbon Red heritage turkey, free range chickens, and farm fresh brown eggs. They also offer produce including greenhouse grown heirloom tomatoes, peppers, salad greens, and other seasonal varieties.

Blue Gentian Farm utilizes sustainable farming practices and return more to the land than they take. The heritage breeds they raise are selected for the unique qualities that make them a perfect fit for their operations as well as the consumer. While not certified organic, their animals are never given growth hormones, fed rationed antibiotics, or steroids. All of their animals are free range and dine on natural diets of legumes and proteins.

Blue Gentian Farm welcomes inquiries and farm visits. The farm is open to the public and they encourage tours. Children and adults enjoy the close interaction with our cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese.

It is wonderful to be able to know where your food is coming from, and to see the quality of the produce first-hand. Chef Ray takes comfort in knowing the animals are well-treated and that everything is as natural as possible. A productive and all natural farm bringing Rivertown Inn the best products possible leads to an even better experience for our guests.

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