Tare Market: Minnesota’s First Zero Waste Shop

A look inside Tare Market in Minneapolis with rows of various products from bulk food to personal care

I consider myself an environmentalist, which is one of the many reasons I’m vegan. To further align myself with this ethic, I’ve (finally) started looking at ways to decrease my waste. Lucky for me, Tare Market is now open in south Minneapolis, and it’s Minnesota’s first zero waste shop.

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Imperfect Produce arrives in the Twin Cities

an Imperfect Produce cardboard box that mentions supporting farmers and saving produce, water, land, and labor from going to waste

It seems like I can’t scroll through a social media platform right now without seeing a few posts about Imperfect Produce. This California-based company is slowly expanding across the US, offering delivery of “imperfect” fruits and vegetables sourced by farms who are unable to sell them for one reason or another. The produce may not meet an industry standard by being too small or by not being shaped the “right way,” or sometimes they take a surplus if a farm grows too much for them to sell.

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Vegan Options at Pizza Karma

Pizza Karma's build your own vegan pizza with potato chile crust, harissa sauce, roasted garlic, and spiced chickpeas and corn

Pizza Karma is in Eden Prairie not far from Eden Prairie Center. They offer Indian inspired, tandoor-fired pizza with several marked vegan and gluten-free options. Vegan items are marked with a green V+ and gluten-free items are marked with a brown GF. The menu includes starters, salads, and signature pizzas.

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Vegan Options at The Tilted Tiki

Tilted Tacos with Beyond Beef™ Crumbles

The Tilted Tiki is a tropical-themed restaurant and bar in downtown Stillwater, MN, and at the start of 2018 they added a vegan section to their menu, featuring Beyond Meat products and tofu. The owners have offered special discounts on their vegan dishes several times, making the trek well worth it, though it’s not that bad of a drive from St. Paul to begin with.

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Red Cow’s New Plant Based Menu

Buffalo Cauliflower

Prior to attending an event in September 2018, I visited Red Cow in downtown Minneapolis with friends. I had messaged Red Cow on Facebook to inquire the Impossible Burger entree and found out I’d have to swap out the bun, as well as leave off the mayo and cheese in order to make it plant based. They also said my server could “guide you towards some awesome vegan friendly modifications.”

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Modern Table’s Vegan Mac and Cheese

Southwest

Modern Table offers three flavors of vegan macaroni and cheese: Classic Cheddar Style, White Cheddar Style, and Southwest. I purchased them at Whole Foods and wanted to compare them all and see which one I like best.

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Plant Proteins Now at Pieology

Pieology is a fast casual pizza chain found in many states around the country. Think of it as a Chipotle for pizza. They have specialty pizzas, or you can build your own, and Daiya has been a vegan cheese option there for awhile. The company announced that they now offer three plant protein options. I live in St. Paul, so I headed over to the St. Paul location to check it out. It’s the only one in the Twin Cities; the next closest is Mankato, MN then Des Moines, IA.

A sign at Pieology Pizzeria that says "plant proteins are here" including beef meatballs, spicy Italian sausage, and diced chicken. It's also tagged as vegan, cholesterol free, and non-gmo.
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Co-op Shopping on a Budget

I lived in Uptown for a couple years and became a member of The Wedge Co-op. Now that I’m a St. Paul resident, I’m a Mississippi Market member as well. Supporting local business is important to me, but I sometimes feel a little lost at co-ops. Considering how much shopping I do at Mike’s Discount Foods and ALDI, co-op shopping can give me sticker shock now and again.

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Eating Plant Based at the Mall of America

The Mall of America has much to offer when it comes to plant-based eating. While I could offer up a really long list, I’m going to stick to my favorites, including some honorable mentions. Please note that businesses sometimes come and go quickly at MOA, and ingredients can change so be sure to double check things for yourself. I will do my best to keep this post current. Happy eating!

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Vegan Options at Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse franchises can be found around the country, and the Twin Cities has a location in Woodbury. In poking around their website, it appears that nearly all have a separate vegan menu, or at least vegan options on their regular menu. They use a fun, B-movie themed decor, and they have comfortable reclining seats. There’s a table for every two seats, and each person gets their own menu. You write down your order, display it in the rail at the edge of your table, and the servers will come around to take your order.

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