Vegetarian Food Albert Lea MN

Local resource for vegetarian food in Albert Lea. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to health food stores and farmer’s markets, as well as advice and content on proper diet and nutrition.

Albert Lea Farmers Market
(507) 297-5546
North Broadway & Water St.
Albert Lea, MN
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Freeborn

Northwood Farmers Market
Main Street, south of Courthouse
Northwood, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April-September Wednesday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
County
Worth

Lake Mills Farmers Market
(641) 251-1152
Corner of US 69 & 1st Avenue
Lake Mills, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Thursday, 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
County
Winnebago

Austin Area Farmers Market II
(507) 889-3271
Main Street Downtwon Austin
Austin, MN
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
County
Mower

Tim & Shelly (Global Online)
(507) 463-0144
317 4th St NW
New Richland, MN

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North Iowa Farmers Market
(641) 495-6367
K-Mart parking lot, Hwy 122
Mason City, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Tuesday & Friday, 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Cerro Gordo

Farm Fresh Market
(641) 696-3476
1631 4th Street SW; SW corner of Willowbrook Plaza parking lot
Mason City, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Monday & Friday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
County
Cerro Gordo

Austin Area Farmers Market
(507) 889-3271
Oakpark Mall parking lot
Austin, MN
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Monday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
County
Mower

Wintergreen Natural Foods
(507) 373-0386
1442 W Main St
Albert Lea, MN

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Good Earth Natural Foods Co
(507) 433-8463
120 3rd Ave NW
Austin, MN

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The Pros of Meatless Protein

Cutting back on animal products doesn’t mean eliminating all your essential amino acids.
Non-meat sources of protein abound, and more and more health experts say
that you can’t go wrong with a diet built around vegetarian cuisine.

By Susan Weiner

November/December 2005

Whether you’re in the throes of holiday cooking and envision out of the ordinary fare or just want to try your hand at a vegetarian meal, you can rest assured that meat-free dishes are anything but protein-free. So-called “peasant foods” like rice and beans, polenta, vegetable stir-fries and hummus are proof that cultures around the globe have thrived for centuries on plant and grain-based diets. In fact, it’s easier than you think to get all the protein you’ll ever need without eating meat.

Just ask anyone from countries such as Italy, Greece and Turkey, since the Mediterranean Diet is considered the gold standard when it comes to eating right. The customary diet boasts high daily intake of olive oil, fruits, vegetables, pasta, breads, cereals, grains, nuts and seeds, and moderate intake of wine, cheese and yogurt. Fish and poultry are consumed weekly, while eggs and red meats are eaten in small quantities only a few times a month. It turns out that residents of the Mediterranean region have the lowest rates of chronic disease in the world and the highest adult life expectancy, despite limited medical services.

In stark contrast, dietary staples in the U.S. include hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, barbeque and eggs, while prevailing “vegetables” are potatoes, corn and ketchup. Just take a look at any restaurant menu, cookbook, supermarket flyer or fast food sign; each contends that the centerpiece of your plate should be a large serving of meat, chicken or fish.

“Why I Went Vegetarian”:
Two Perspectives

Harold Brown, a fifth generation beef farmer, ditched his meat-based diet—and walked away from the family business—due to health concerns that included high cholesterol. Brown also cites the decline of traditional farming communities and the explosive growth of factory farms where thousands of animals are confined as compromising both animal health and meat quality. “Most cattle that come out of a feedlot and go to slaughter are just days and weeks away from dying because of liver tumors,” says Brown. Ironically, “that’s because cows can’t convert corn and wheat into protein for digestion.”

Today, Brown is in excellent health with a blood workup any person would envy. His newfound protein sources are whole grains and vegetables, along with tofu, tempeh, seitan and soy-based meat and chicken substitutes, complete protein foods that provide all the essential amino acids in one meal. This holiday season, Brown and his wife Linda have several high-protein, meat-free dishes on the menu, including basted and baked chicken-style wheat meat smothered in gravy, stuffing and tofu skins, riblets simmered in barbeque sauce served on organic whole-g...

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