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New Minnesota Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Vendor

Contributed by: Sami Burington, Minnesota Department of Education

If you’re a school, do you participate in the DoD Fresh Program? This is the only way you can use your USDA entitlement dollars to purchase fresh produce. Did you know Minnesota has a new DoD Fresh vendor? H. Brooks & Company now services all schools in Minnesota. And did you know you can purchase local produce through the DoD Fresh? The DoD Fresh ordering catalog (FFAVORS) indicates the source of supply as ‘local’ and includes the state of origin. Here is an example:

Learn more about H. Brooks & Company’s local growers. If you have any specific questions, Mai Bushinski is the customer service representative from H. Brooks & Company. You can reach her at If you’re a grower interested in working with H. Brooks, Chad Schwandt is the buyer specialist and can be reached at
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