Free Thanksgiving Dinner – To Go

November 11, 2020

Wednesday November 25th, 2-4pm

“Gratitude is a powerful thing, so powerful that when you hold it in your heart, you are forced to let go of all your fear, anger, sadness and hurt.” -Nancy Anselment-Olson

There is a reason we call the dark part of the year the “holiday season.” As the outdoor temps cool, we turn our attention to sharing food and spending time with family and friends. That sense of togetherness and belonging is part of what carries us through the darkness of winter.

But this year is different. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to avoid gatherings. Since we can’t be together in person, we have to find new ways to share happiness, love, hope, and gratitude. And with a community like ours, we have a lot to be grateful for! That is why we are offering a free Thanksgiving dinner – to go! With this dinner, please know that we are all still here, our community is as strong as ever, and we will make it through these tough times.

This free Thanksgiving Dinner will include organic turkey, stuffing, and sides! All are welcome! Please click here or call 218-353-0300 to reserve a free Thanksgiving dinner for your household.

Online ordering instructions: To order this free Thanksgiving Dinner, click here, then “add” a meal for each person in your household. Then go to the “cart” (upper-right side of the screen) and click “checkout.” After that, you just follow the on-screen instructions to complete your order. 

Funding for this project was made possible by Federal Nutrition Funds through the CARES Act, obtained through a partnership with Friends of Finland, North Shore Area Partners, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging and the United Protestant Church in Silver Bay.

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Announcing SISU STEW!

October 16, 2020

We know that things have been tough this year.

Cooler weather and declining light are upon us. Woodsheds are being filled, and there may be just a little stress about managing to “get it all done” before winter finally comes. None of this has been made any easier with COVID-19 keeping us from having our normal community gatherings. In this time, we all need some comfort, normalcy, community, and some extra determination. Wanting to offer strength, share happiness, and say thank you to our wonderful community, we are offering a special treat: Sisu Stew! Sisu stew is a harvest stew, designed to warm you to the bone and give you a little extra sisu.

Sisu is an unending determination. Something we could all use these days. Sisu is a Finnish concept, brought here by the founders of our community. Those Finnish settlers sure had a lot of sisu, and their spirit of strength and determination are still an important part of our community. Where does sisu come from? We’re not sure, but we think the support, love, and belonging that you get from a strong community can help. So with this Sisu Stew, remember that you are strong, you are loved, and all of us are rooting for each other. Let the warmth of our community warm you and give you the strength you need to make it through the coming months.

Sisu Stew is free! But to get it you will need to put in an order. Sisu stew will be available for pickup on Sunday, Nov. 1st 2020 from 2pm – 4pm at the Clair Nelson Center. To order Sisu Stew, click the link below and enter the number of people in your household. Then go to the “cart” (upper-right side of the screen) and click “checkout”. After that you just follow the on-screen instructions to complete your order. Note: If you are isolated or are unable to pick up your stew, we are offering delivery to people who live in Finland.


Click Here To Order Sisu Stew for Your Household.

If you need help placing your order, please call us at 218-353-0300

Want to help?

We are currently looking for people to help us deliver Sisu Stew to community members who are unable to pick it up. If you are interested in helping with deliveries, please call 218-353-0300.

Funding for this project was made possible by Federal Nutrition Funds through the CARES Act, obtained through a partnership with Friends of Finland, North Shore Area Partners, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging and the United Protestant Church in Silver Bay.

The 2020 Finland Farmers Market Wraps Up… (or Does it??)

October 16, 2020

October 8th was the final market day for the regular market season. As everyone knows, 2020 has been a trying year for all, and made for an unusual market year filled with face masks, one-way customer flows and lots of hand-washing.

Despite the challenges faced by all, the Finland Farmers Market had a stellar year. We have been tracking customer weekly attendance since 2016, and 2020 came in with more than half of it’s weekly market attendance tracking 15-45% above the running average. That is, in a word, amazing! Only two market days in 2020 fell below the 5 year average.

On top of our committed and long-term vendors, we also added new vendors selling jams, chips & salsa, frozen pizzas & additional bread products! We are always looking for new vendors to add to our mix, especially those offering meats & cheeses.  So if any of our readers have a suggestion for new vendors for the 2021 Farmers Market Season, please reach out to us.

In 2021, if things return to “normal”, we look forward to offering cooking demonstrations, informational community tables, and hopefully even having onsite food trucks serving hot food. Stay tuned.

Finland Farmers Market LogoBut WAIT… the 2020 season may not yet be over! Earlier this season, a group of vendors got together to discuss & create an online sales platform for the Finland Farmers Market. Round River Farm, the Switchback Farm and Wolf Ridge Farm all participated and trialed out this new online platform this season with great success. As we go into the Winter Holiday Season, the Finland Farmers Market is looking at holding two online markets per month in both November and December. This would allow you have access to some amazing local products for food or possibly holiday gifts. Watch for a special newsletter coming out in late October for more information.

A sincere and heart-felt thank-you to all the vendors and customers who made the 2020 Farmers Market Season a great success.

Stefan Meyer
Finland Farmers Market Manager

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