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A Minnesota winery wants all of your dandelions

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Sick of all the dandelions in your yard?

Well, Urban Forage Winery wants them.

They're hoping to get their hands on as many as possible so they can make their first commercial batch of dandelion wine.

"The more we get, the larger the batch of wine we'll make," Jeff Zeitler, of Urban Forage Winery, told BringMeTheNews.

The Minneapolis winery and cider house says it will come pick up the dandelions (or lilacs if you have them) from your house, The Growler reports. Just sent them an email at urbanforagewinery@gmail.com and they'll put your name on the list.

If you're hoping to donate, keep this in mind: The winery only wants dandelions from yards where the homeowner hasn't sprayed in the last three years, and there isn't any sign of dog poop on the lawn, Jeff Zietler told BringMeTheNews.

According to the winery's website, Urban Forage Winery aims to introduce consumers to a wide range of beverages that rarely get sold in stores, including dandelion wine, honey mead, sparkling apple cider and pear champagne.

Jeff Zeitler says the dandelion wine will be ready about three months after they start making it, "so late summer." He described the wine as "light, bright, refreshing wine," adding "it'll be a good drink for the dog days of August."

Jeff and Gita Zeitler, who hope to open a taproom at their winery in 2017, forage as many of their ingredients as possible, the website says. Last year, MPR News featured the Zeitlers and their winery in a story, read about their process here.

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