Sue Z.'s Local Finds: July 2016

Twin Cities foodie Sue Zelickson shares her new favorite discoveries including local muesli, teas, and jams

Biking and hiking are great activities for our bodies, but make sure to stay nourished along the way. Brady and Hannah Barnstable founded Seven Sundays muesli energy cereals, and have now introduced muesli squares in small, handy packages to provide you with a dynamic boost during your outdoor adventures. Plus, they’re free of gluten, oil, GMOs, and refined sugar. Choose from blueberry lemon & chia, banana toasted pecan, or cocoa pumpkin seed squares. 

Another perfect-sized travel treat from Mrs. Kelly’s Tea is “on-the-go” loose leaf tea tins that make 12 to 16 cups. They are available weekends at the Mill City and Minneapolis Farmers Markets and first Saturdays of every month at Mrs. Kelly’s warehouse (77 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis) where you can blend your own flavors.  

Jams and jellies can easily spruce up snacks and treats. Zoie and Amy Glass’s Lucille’s Kitchen Garden jams and jellies, found at the Mill City Farmers Market, hit the tip of the taste buds with their line of pepper jellies. Also try their red wine jelly to glaze roast duck or mix with cheese to stuff a burger. 

Heidi Skoog’s Serious Jams combine serious flavors to turn your sandwiches, or even roast meats and poultry, into a gourmet delight. Look for her blends of blood orange whisky marmalade, blueberry bourbon sage, or strawberry balsamic black pepper at the Linden Hills Farmers Market.

Sue Zelickson is the founder and director of Women Who Really Cook and Perspectives Family Center’s Kids Cafe. She is the former host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.

Illustration by James Kloiber

Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.