Even though we Fargo folk may be known for the Coen brothers’ dark comedy, our town has much more to offer. Instead of the frozen tundra we usually endure, travelers arriving in Fargo in other seasons will find the bustling city pulsing with entrepreneurial and creative energy. Fargo’s historic downtown and beyond is the perfect base for an active, eco-conscious traveler, and resident.
So, how can you stay eco-conscious this spring?
Eat at Farm-to-Table Restaurants
Fargo is surrounded by farm fields and ranches, perfectly positioned for farm-to-table dining. You can find local bratwurst topped with sauerkraut at Wurst Bier Hall, pizza crust made with North Dakota wheat at Blackbird Woodfire, Fargo-grown microgreens garnishing the late-night happy hour snacks at Mezzaluna, or try the ever-evolving menu that honors local providers and Midwest tastes at Luna.
Other options include Rosewild whose menu is considered “hyperlocal” with the menus created seasonally to ensure everything is fresh and delectable, and 701 Eateries offering local choices from lefse, bison, and cheese boards. For dessert, you can’t beat the scrumptious macaroons at Nichole’s Fine Pastry, or an old-fashioned sour cream cake donut from Sandy’s Donuts.
Use Your Reusable Bags
Reusable bags can be used for a lot more than carrying groceries. A nice reusable bag is essentially a structured tote bag and can be used for many of the things you carry around. Pack your lunch, carry snacks, bring to the library, and pick out produce.
Shop Local Produce
Grocery stores are here to stay. But why not support local growers and gatherers while you’re at it? Food of the North helps locals grow their own food, purchase from others, and get involved if you don’t know where to start. One of their bigger projects, Little Free Garden, has a goal to foster communities committed to growing, sharing, and cultivating food in small gardens, placed in residential or public spaces. Another way to support local growers is to shop with them at local markets.
We’re all familiar with this concept and may have participated during small-business Saturdays. Yet, why not support local year-round? Many of the stores in Downtown Fargo are locally owned and many help you give back, reduce waste and support local artisans while you shop.
For unique products head to either of these gift emporiums. Zandbroz is a staple feature of Downtown Fargo offering an array of paper products and jewelry as well as a great selection of books from local authors. Unglued is a salute to the crazed crafting community, an explosion of quirky, cute, and hilariously snarky handmade products from local artists and makers.
If you’re looking for household and personal care products, here are some jackpots. Real Good Bath & Body has artisan, high-quality, nature-based bath and body products. Pick out a bath bomb, or bar shampoo and conditioner and donate to a worthy cause. Also, buy bulk and reduce your carbon footprint with Red River Refillery. Bring your own containers and stock up on household cleaning products and reusable items for you and your home.
Bike and Walk Instead of Driving
Fargo is filled with over 100 parks and hundreds of miles of bike trails, so there’s plenty to explore. Don’t have a bike? No problem, our town is bike-friendly with rentals and shops galore. Find your bike and biking style in preparation for local shopping and farmers’ markets. Plus, if your strolls end up in Downtown Fargo, check out this walking tour in order to “Look Around Downtown”.
Be a part of supporting eco-friendly shops, trail improvements, walkable neighborhoods, bike share expansions, and more by getting your green on.