The Co-op Farm Tour is free family fun that can be done at your own pace. Visit one, visit all or just pick a few in one area. There is no need to RSVP or sign up. The farms will be offering tours, tastings and activities. The public is invited to come see where our food is actually grown.
This tour is a free and self-guided exploration of over 30 local farms. When we originally wrote this article in 2016, we were warned that GPS is spotty in rural areas and doubt that has changed. This could be a good time to work on map skills. Plan a route together before you leave, print a map and let the kids navigate. See the Google Map at the bottom of this page.
The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday July 14th. These are working farms and sometimes peoples’ homes, so we are asked to be respectful and only visit during tour times. However, if you can’t make it this weekend, check their individual websites. Some of these farms do have public hours. We also offer more farm fun suggestions in these articles:
- Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities
- FFTC’s Guide to The Pizza Farm
- Family Fun: Twin Cities Pick-Your-Own Produce Farms
Urban Co-op Farm Tour
Don’t want to leave the cities? You take a mini urban farm tour with these five farms in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Mississippi Mushrooms • 3750 N. Washington Ave. Minneapolis • (612) 547-6450 • An indoor culinary mushroom farm located in the city’s industrial Upper Harbor complex.
The Beez Kneez • 2204 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN (entrance on 22nd St.) • A pedal-powered beekeeping social enterprise that focuses on sustainable beekeeping practices, education and advocacy.
Growing Lots Urban Farm • 1915 East 22nd Street #5, Minneapolis • A one acre farm located in Seward neighborhood, Minneapolis, occupies three previously vacant lots transformed into highly productive vegetable farms.
Spark-Y Youth Action Labs • 4432 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN • Spark-Y’s indoor growing and production facility serves as a youth job path and sustainable revenue model.
JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden • Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, Minneapolis • Managed by Minneapolis Parks, this garden provides gardening plots and farming education to kids through programs during the growing season
Greater Twin Cities Co-op Farm Tours
Heading further out of the cities, families can design their own tours. The Co-op Farm Tour website offers several options, dividing farms by area: Northwest, Northeast, South, Southeast, East and West. The website also offers itinerary suggestions incorporating the various areas of the metro. As the name of this tour suggests, it is hosted by local co-ops, so the itineraries include stops at these stores as well.