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Fresh Fruits and Food at Local Farms in Minnesota
Treat yourself to great pub food while you soak up the suds at Fitger’s Brewhouse. Their handcrafted batches of ales and lagers are some of the best, taken directly from the waters of Lake Superior. Enjoy an eclectic menu including some local favorites like the Elk Burger or the Wild Rice Burger.
Carve out your slice of paradise at the Tally’s Dockside Boathouse and Pub. If the craft beers and great food are not enough for you, take in some great musical acts that frequent the place. For the more adventurous, rent a pontoon boat right from the boathouse.
Agritourism is growing by leaps and bounds in Minnesota and is not concentrated in one specific geographic location of the state. From the Northern reaches to the southeast and many in between, your journey for a new travel experience begins here. Whether you want the local area foods or a tour of the region’s wines like the Three River Wine Trails, you’ll be in good hands for your agritourism vacation.
Venture up to the northern part of Minnesota for a wonderful agritourism experience. Start with the Virginia Farmers Market. Open in the summer and the fall, it has several vendors and farm-fresh foods. Enjoy seasonal foods and a variety of goods like meats, eggs, and nuts, bread, and the typical fruits and vegetables.
Give yourself over to the October Fall Festival Farmers Market. Located at the Frogtown Farm, this event puts agritourism on the map. It’s a fun event for the entire family from wagon rides to making your own tea. Don’t forget to pick up a recipe book on the way out.
Round out your Northern Minnesota farm experiences with visits to Brimson Farmers Market, Maple Hill Sugarbush & Gardens, and Cowhorn Crossing Farm. At Brimson, you’ll find fresh foods, arts and crafts, and live music to complete the visit.
Take in the breathtaking scenic views while sipping on a preferred glass of wine at the Southeastern wineries of Minnesota. Taste the local favorites from Cannon River Winery. From meetings to weddings, to fall harvests and live music, it’s no wonder the calendar is booked for this venue. Be welcomed at the Winehaven winery where guests are made to feel like family. You won’t want to miss visiting the Saint Croix Vineyards, a Minnesota specialty in winemaking.
Complete your agritourism experience in Southeastern Minnesota by visiting the farms of the area. Start with a visit to Carothers Country Farm & Fiber Mill where you can see their Argentine llamas. Plenty of farm-fresh food to choose from at the Broody Hen farm where sustainable and organic are second nature to them. If you love the idea of buying local and fresh, then you can’t miss a trip to La Crescent Farmers Market.
Farmers markets are a big draw in the Minneapolis area. and you can start your journey at the Minneapolis Municipal Farmers Market. Enjoy plenty of activities and meet some great people from the area. Some other great farmers markets to visit are the West Broadway Farmers Market, Mill City Farmers Market, and the Kingfield Farmers Market in Minneapolis.
Continue your agritourism adventure by heading to Western Minnesota. You’ll have a wide assortment of vendors to choose from including B&J Evergreen and Pasture Adickes Family Farm. When it’s apple season, you will miss out by not visiting Woods’ Edge Apple Orchard and Lake Ida Apple Farm. For the berry lovers in your family, check out Grayson’s Berryland and Buddy’s Berries.
Meat lovers will be taken care of at the Arrowood Family Farm, who consider themselves stewards of the land. For some other great agritourism experiences visit the Little Boon Farm, Mol’s Pumpkins, the Buffalo Pass Ranch, and Bluebird Gardens.
Our Favorite Food Experiences
Fitger Brewing Company
Tracing its roots back to 1994, Fitger Brewing Company prospered for many decades in Duluth before closing in the 1970s.
The original complex was preserved and when craft brewing took off again in the 1990s, Fitger’s was able to re-open.
Today, they maintain a brewery and restaurant on the original campus, offering up over 20 brews to choose from, as well as Fitger Brewhouse tours.
The elk or wild rice burger with a local craft beer is a local favorite. Choose from the Jason Mannale, Brett Starfire, and many more craft beer choices during a visit to northern Minnesota.
A staple of scenic White Bear Lake, Tally’s Dockside Boathouse and Pub is a one-stop for great food, entertainment, and boating services. Tally’s is located right on the shores of White Bear Lake in the northeast Twin Cities area.
Given the restaurant’s excellent location, Tally’s Boathouse provides boat slips, repairs, rentals, and other boating services. Don’t miss delicious BBQ and ice cream at the lakefront restaurant, and Tally’s Dockside Music by the Water Summer Series.