Family Fun: 2016 Eat Local Farm Tour

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The 2016 Eat Local 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.

Eat Local Farm Tour

Click Here to Get More Information at the Eat Local Farm Tour Facebook Page

This tour is a free and self-guided exploration of 29 local farms. We are warned that GPS is spotty in rural areas, so 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.

Below is the list of participating farms. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday July 16th. These are working farms and sometimes peoples’ homes, so we are asked to be respectful and only visit during tour times. If you can’t make it this weekend, check their websites. Some of them have open hours.

Urban Eat Local Farm Tour 

Don’t want to leave the cities? You take a mini urban farm tour with these four farms in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Mississippi Mushrooms 3750 N. Washington Ave. Minneapolis, MN (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.

Stone’s Throw Urban Farm 2820 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN (952) 451-2819 A noncontiguous 2.5 acre organic vegetable farm based in the Twin Cities. Tours at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Urban Roots 463 Maria Ave., St. Paul, MN (651) 228-7073 Youth development through gardening.

Northwest Metro Eat Local Farm Tour 

Windland Flats 31932 136th St., Princeton, MN (763) 260-1001 Highland grass fed beef, free-range chicken and pasture-raised pork. Tours every 30 minutes.

Will Heal Farm • 2365 Lake George Dr. NW, Cedar, MN  (763) 753-8611 Organic vegetable, medicinal herbs, plants and educational opportunities.

Garden Farme7367 175th Ave NW, Ramsey, MN (763) 753-5099 Century family farm, organic certified since 1977.

Organic Breezy Hill3944 Iresfeld Ave. NW, Maple Lake, MN (320) 963-6554 Family owned organic fruit and vegetable farm specializing in fall harvested apples.

TC Farm (County Rd 12) 4432 County Road 12, Montrose, MN (612) 217-1770 Tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.  Sustainable, pasture raised animals, no GMOs or hormones.

TC Farm (Baker Avenue)10389 Baker Avenue SW Montrose, MN (612) 217-1770 Tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sustainable, pasture raised animals, no GMOs or hormones.

Riverbend Farm5405 Calder Ave. SE, Delano, MN (763) 972-3295 Certified organic vegetable farm focused on local seeds and cover crops.

South Metro Eat Local Farm Tour 

Hmong American Farmers Association20385 Coates Blvd., Hastings, MN (202) 276-9203 Advancing the prosperity of Hmong farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity building and advocacy.

Ferndale Market31659 Willow Trail, Cannon Falls, MN (507) 263-4556 Come see our free-range turkeys and visit our on-farm store. Hayrides every 30 minutes.

Thousand Hills Cattle Co. (Office Tour) • 6492 318 St. Suite A, Cannon Falls, MN (507) 263-4001 Lifetime grazed 100% Grass fed beef.

Thousand Hills Cattle Co. (Pasture Grazing Farm)  15554 Grover Ave. NW, Clearwater, MN (612) 366-0753 Lifetime grazed 100% Grass fed beef.

Simple Harvest Farm Organics  9800 155th St. E., Nerstrand, MN (507) 664-9446 An organic omnivore food farm.

Shepherd’s Way Farm 8626 160th St. E., Nerstrand, MN (507) 663-9040 Family-based farm and sheep-cheese dairy.

Hope Creamery 9043 SW 37th Ave., Hope, MN (507) 684-2019 Making small batches of fresh butter every day.

Blooming Prairie Natural Beef 14801 SE 14th Ave., Ellendale, MN (507) 456-1281 Passionate about providing quality beef.

Featherstone Farm 43090 City Park Rd., Rushford, MN (715) 892-0327 A certified organic vegetable farm celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Hoch Orchard and Gardens 32553 Forster Rd., La Crescent, MN (507) 313-0645 Certified Biodynamic Organic diversified farm with fruit, veggies, animals, cider and more.

East Metro Eat Local Farm Tour

Sin Fronteras11601 75th St. N., Stillwater MN (612) 770-7194   An organic vegetable operation that sells and barters beautiful produce.

10th Street Farm and Market 13197 10th St. S., Afton, MN   (612) 770-7194   An organic practicing, extended season farm.

Whistling Well Farm8973 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN (651) 998-0301   Family friendly pick your own apple orchard and pumpkin farm.

White Pine Berry Farm1482 Oak Dr., River Falls, WI (715) 222-2946   An organic pick-your-own berry farm. Strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, and more!

Northeast Metro Eat Local Farm Tour

Big River Farms/Minnesota Food Association 14220-B Ostlund Trail N., Marine on St. Croix, MN   (651) 433-3676   Nonprofit organic farm for immigrant and minority farmers

Poplar Hill Dairy Goat Farm 12521 Mayberry Trail N., Scandia, MN   (651) 442-2506 Minnesota’s oldest Grade A dairy goat farm

Buttermilk Falls CSA/Philadelphia Community Farm   599 280th St., Osceola, WI   (715) 294-4048 Intergenerational community CSA farm on 300 + acres of conserved land

Star Prairie Trout 400 Hill Ave., Star Prairie, WI   (715) 248-3633 Spring fed trout from Wisconsin

Bull Brook Keep 765 50th Ave., Clear Lake, WI (651) 238-8525 All about 100% grass-fed beef raised for great taste, high nutrition and environmental stewardship. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. demos of moving the herd from one field to another.

Women’s Environmental Institute   Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Rd., North Branch, MN   (651) 583-0705 A nonprofit, charitable environmental research, renewal and retreat center.

To learn more information about this tour, you can visit the Facebook page for the event and download a guide here.

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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