Calling all Good Real Food Citizens!

Thanks to YOU, we've raised over $5,000 for Right to Know Minnesota!

Birchwood Boost And we're not done yet! With one week left in the current BOOST cycle, there are plenty more opportunities for you to give a BOOST to Right to Know MN, and support their efforts to pass a bill for the mandatory labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering (GMOs). Give a financial BOOST by rounding up at the register when you purchase Good Real Food (we're open Memorial Day — hint, hint!).

BOOST your awareness by attending tomorrow night's free screening of the award-winning documentary "Bitter Seeds," the story of how GMO agriculture has impacted a small farming village in India. Sponsored by the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute as part of their monthly, free film series at the cafe, they choose "Bitter Seeds" as their way to give a BOOST to Right to Know MN! RSVP online — we'll have food & drink specials, too!

BOOST your citizenship by calling Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken! The Senate is still in session and we hear that Senator Pat Roberts and others are still trying to keep us in the dark by stopping Vermont's labeling law from going into effect on July 1st. We need to demand more transparency, not less. We need to make sure they know that we ALL want to know what's in our food and how it's produced. Call your senators and tell them you want a federal mandatory, on-package label using four simple words: produced with genetic engineering. Tell them if they can't pass a Federal Law that is as strong as Vermont's, then it's better to DO NOTHING and let Vermont's law stand, allowing other states (like Minnesota!) to label our food with the same requirements.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (202) 224-3244

Senator Al Franken (202) 224-5641

And next Thursday, June 2nd, you can BOOST all of the above by joining us for a very special BOOSTer Club Salmon Dinner! Birchwood's Chef Marshall and guest chef Adam Vickerman from Seward Community Co-op (formerly of Levain) have collaborated on this one-of-a-kind, seasonal menu featuring fresh, wild-caught Copper River Sockeye Salmon. Our friends from Right to Know MN and the Copper River Watershed Project will be with us, too! (Details below.)

With HOPE! and gratitude,
Tracy & the Birchwood Cafe crew



Booster Club DinnerBOOSTer Club Salmon Dinner
Thursday, June 2 / 6:30 to 9pm

Join Right to Know MN, the Copper River Watershed Project and Chef Adam Vickerman, guest chef from Seward Community Co-op's Friendship Store for an intimate, inspiring (and delicious!) evening in our Community Room. No GMO Franken-fish on this menu! Enjoy five courses of seasonal fare (including fresh, wild-caught Alaskan salmon) paired with sustainable wines and locally made hard cider. Proceeds go to BOTH Right to Know MN and the Copper River Watershed Project—it's a DOUBLE BOOST! Tickets and more details at Eventbrite.


Crop Mob

Crop Mob at Riverbend Farm
THIS Saturday, May 28 / 10am to 2pm

It's the inaugural Crop Mob of the 2016 season! Come get a hands-on view of where your food comes during this FREE, fun, informative, and tasty day at Greg & Mary Reynold's picturesque, organic farm. This is a VERY family-friendly event. Kids are welcome and encouraged to come, too! Farmer Greg will supply the gloves and tools, the know-how, and a farm tour — Birchwood Cafe will supply the lunch! Let us know you're coming with an RSVP at Eventbrite.


We're OPEN Memorial Day!
Monday, May 30 / 8am to 9pm

We'll be serving up a spring-a-licious Brunch Menu from 8am to 2pm, with asparagus, rhubarb, ramps, fiddlehead ferns, and more. PLUS, Burgers & Beer specials start at 5pm — choose two burgers & any 2 pints of tap beer for only $30!


Cultivating Climate JusticeCultivating Climate Justice: We are ABLE!
Tuesday, June 7 / 6 to 9pm

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light invites you to a fun summer event in support of a more stable and equitable climate! Eat Good Real Food from the Birchwood, drink craft beer at Able Seedhouse + Brewery, listen to live local music, and enjoy special presentations from Tracy Singleton (Owner of Birchwood Cafe), Eric Sannerud (CEO of Mighty Axe Hops), and Tyler Sit (Church Planter of New City Church). Together we'll remember that we are ABLE to use our skills and passions to build a new world that is just, equitable, and resilient. Tickets available at tinyurl.com/WeAreAble. (All ages are welcome, and kids under 18 are free!)