Sourcing Wild Rice
Finding Local Food
- Local Foods Partnership online searchable database through the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. It includes a wide range of food products from farmers mostly in northwest, western, and central Minnesota.
- The Minnesota Grown wholesale database lists Minnesota farmers interested in selling their products to schools. You can search online by product type and by region.
- The Land Stewardship Project has a Farm Directory for schools looking to purchase sustainably raised foods.
- Food Alliance Midwest is a national organization that certifies farmers who follow sustainable farming practices. Contact Bob Olson, the director of Food Alliance Midwest, for assistance in finding farmers: 651-265-3682
- Pride of the Prairie farmers have experience in selling to retail food buyers. For assistance in finding farmers, contact Terry VanDerPol: 320-269-2105.
Regulations on Buying Wild Rice Directly From Wild Harvesters or Farmers
Dry wild rice grain that has been processed to remove hulls and parched can be purchased from any source.
Food Buying Guide Specifications
Reference: Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Food As Purchased (How the Product Can Be Purchased) — Wild Rice, Dry
Purchase Unit (How You Should Order the Product) — Pound
Servings per Purchase Unit (How Many Servings You Will Get Per Purchase Unit) —
- 34.8 Servings
- 17.4 Servings
Serving Size per Meal Contribution(For Each Meal Component Category) —
- ¼ cup cooked
- ½ cup cooked
Amount Needed to Buy of the Purchase Units for 100 Servings —
- 2.9 Pounds
- 5.8 Pounds
Additional Information (AP = As Purchased) —
- 1 pound dry = about 2 2/3 cups dry wild rice
- 2 ½ cups water to 1 cup dry wild rice