Experience your food in a new way: directly from the source. The Eat Local Farm Tour is a unique opportunity to explore the diverse farming operations in your area, to meet families that bring fresh food to your dinner plates, and to inspire future generations to support local, sustainable agriculture.
The tour takes place on July 18, when over 20 local farms will open their gates and barn doors to the public, ready to share their knowledge and stories with you.
The tour is free for anyone to attend. It is a self-guided tour, which means that your will need to pick up a tour handbook at your local food co-op to help you shape your local farm experience. The handbook will provide you with descriptions and operating hours of participating farms, maps of suggested farm clusters, useful tips for tour-goers, and restaurant recommendations in case you want to make a day of it. Handbooks will be available in food co-ops by mid-June.
East Henderson Farm
Gardens of Eagan
Simple Harvest Farm Organics
Humble Pie Farm
Shepherd’s Way Farms
Singing Hills Goat Dairy
Thousand Hills Cattle Co.
Women’s Environmental Institute
10th Street Farm & Market
Big River Farm
Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School
Whistling Well Farm
Star Prairie Trout Farm
Growing Lots Urban Farm
Stone’s Throw Urban Farm
The Beez Kneez
Crandell Garden Farme
Members of the Hungry Turtle Farmers Co-op:
White Pine Berry Farm
Bull Brook Keep
Steady Hand Farm
Fresh Pastures Neighborhood Farm
The tour is produced annually by Twin Cities area food co-ops who believe that supporting our local growers is vital to providing healthful food and participating in environmental protection. In the cooperative spirit, we work together to bolster our local foods economy. In 2013, $30 million flowed to local growers and producers from the system of Twin Cities area foods co-ops.
Sponsoring food co-ops: Eastside Food Co-op, Just Food Co-op, Lakewinds Food Co-op, Linden Hills Co-op, Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op, People’s Food Co-op, River Market Community Co-op, Seward Community Co-op, St. Peter Food Co-op, Valley Natural Foods and The Wedge.
Tips for enjoying the tour:
- Visit farms only during their set open hours.
- Because GPS can be spotty in rural areas, check your directions on Google Maps before heading out:http://s.coop/1usbu
- Bring a cooler to store all the farm-fresh goods you find.
- Stay on established paths and don’t pick produce without the farmer’s permission.
- Leave pets at home
- Swing by the local food co-op for snacks and drinks