Every summer, Minneapolis-based Parkway Pizza offers their “Farmer’s Market Pizza,” using fresh ingredients from the local farmers market. This year, however, instead of hitting the farmers market every week, Parkway Pizza has partnered up with Growing Lots Urban Farm in the Longfellow neighborhood.
The locally-owned pizza shop has purchased a CSA share from Growing Lots and will be using ingredients grown less than a half mile away for their flagship location. The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program has been a key component of Growing Lots, which is marking their seventh season in business this year. CSA shares are a way for consumers to buy seasonal produce from a local farmer in their community; in return, these shares provide economic stability for the farmers producing the goods. Growing Lots offers full-shares and half-shares to members.
Consumers have the option of purchasing full- or half-shares from Growing Lots during the season, which runs from May 25 through October 19. Full-share participants pick up their veggies every week for 22 weeks, while half-share participants pick up their order every other week.
Regardless of the option, members will receive a variety of vegetables and herbs. This could include produce such as basil, green beans, parsley, onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Members can also customize their CSA selection when they come to pickup their share. They can leave produce they won’t use and replace it with more vegetables they like.
And while the Growing Lots CSA is full for the season, you can still experience their veggie goodness.
Each week, Parkway Pizza will receive three varying ingredients from their Growing Lots CSA share. These ingredients will be used to top the seasonal Farm Pizza, which will be available in the shop all summer. Supporting the local community has been a core value of Parkway Pizza since the beginning, so this partnership was a natural fit.
Parkway Pizza has two locations: 4359 Minnehaha Ave. and 2851 Johnson St. NE, both in Minneapolis. To find them online, please visit their website.
And for information on Growing Lots Urban Farm, please click here.