A Minnesota author is currently touring the Northland, spreading her message of the importance of locally grown food.
Beth Dooley has both authored and co-authored several cook books over the years.
She says, even though the Northland has such a short growing season, farmers in the region have made the area a vibrant place for locally grown food.
Dooley says organic farming has been instrumental in mitigating environmental concerns as well.
One of the big messages she promotes is buying local to support local economies.
"The farmer benefits, the Whole Foods Co-op benefits, anybody who works at Whole Foods Co-op benefits. It just extends and extends, so there's a direct relationship when you keep the money in a local economy, versus sending it out," Dooley said.
Dooley's tour continues Thursday in Grand Rapids. Friday in Grand Marais, before stopping at Zenith Bookstore in Duluth on Sunday.