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Published August 22, 2010, 06:44 PM

Great Grand Forks Restaurants Going Local

It's the time of the year when many are harvesting vegetables from their garden. This week several greater Grand Forks restaurants will be featuring locally grown produce to celebrate all of the vegetables that are grown in the valley.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Fresh from the garden String beans, potatoes, and tomatoes, are ripe and ready.

Nathan Sheppard / Blue Moose Chef : Nothing beats a tomato that has been off the vine for a couple of hours and in the kitchen.

Nathan Sheppard is the chef at the Blue Moose Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks:

Sheppard: It's a lot better than the bulk tomatoes. It's a seasonal thing, as many as we can get.

This week Sheppard, along with five other local eateries, will be working hard to dice up as much local produce as the they can as part of Going Local week.

Green beans, we are going to run a vegetable of the day. Red beets that will be roasted with salad.

At the local Coop food store, Amazing Grains. They say they already use and sell as much local food as they can.

Tyler: Typically sandwiches, soaps. what ever we can.

Employee Tyler Clauson says they're taking part in this weeks "Going Local" effort because its keep money local, and the food is likely more healthy.

Tyler : Cuts back on pollution, transporting goods across the country or some other counties.

And Chefs like Sheppard say local produce is tantalizing for taste buds, because fresh means flavor.

Sheppard : Just a good fresh tomato smashed up with a little bit of cream, chicken stock and you just don't have to add as much other stuff more pure flavor.

Sheppard say even after the "Going Local" week is over, he will still try prepare as much local veggies as he can until the supply runs out.

The other restaurants besides the Blue Moose and Amazing Grains involved in the "Going Local" week are Sanders, Rhombus Guys, Dakota Harvest Bakery, and The Toasted Frog.