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North Star State Farms & Markets
If we remember anything from Rose Nylund, we know Minnesota is farm country.
From the agricultural programs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul to the family farms throughout western Minnesota to scenic vineyards of the Mississippi River Valley.
For those who may not know, agritourism is a way to explore a specific region or state through the eyes of local farms, wineries, organic markets, harvest festivals, and much more.
Minnesota agritourists can expect everything from hayrides and stunning fields of lavender to browsing handmade crafts at a local farmer’s market to taking in an agricultural exhibit.
So grab a seat in a tasting room at one of several wineries on the Three Rivers Wine Trail, check out a farmers’ market in the Superior National Forest, or just find the closest farm and pick your own fruit.
Choose from the bustling farm communities or busy farmers’ markets of northern, western, and southeastern Minnesota, and even the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Minnesota Markets, Festivals & Farms
The northeast regions of Minnesota – like Superior National Forest and the shores of Lake Superior – are ideal for agritourism.
Don't miss agricultural markets and events like the annual Chester Bowl Fall Festival, and the Duluth Farmers Market.
Likewise, the UMD Farmers Market and the Harvest Festival Farmers Market are equally as enticing – set in Duluth on the western tip of Lake Superior.
Nearby, more markets are ready to impress Minnesota agri-travelers.
Check out city-named market like Virginia Farmers Market, Mahtowa Farmers Market, Hibbing Farmers Market, Brimson Farmers Market, and Gilbert Farmers Market.
And don’t forget the Carlton County Farmers Market in Scanlon.
Further northeast, the Grand Marais area is know for more markets and now maple.
Visit the Maple Hill Sugarbush & Gardens, or the Cook County Farm & Craft Market.
Nearby Lutsen features Wild Country Maple Products, and Caribou Cream, Inc. – and offer farms tours along the Caribou Trail.
In north-central Minnesota, ore agritourism arises. Get some fresh, speckled eggs at Northern Light Farm in Solway, or travel to Grand Rapids for the Cowhorn Crossing Farm and the Grand Rapids Farmers Market.
Bemidji is encircled by even more farms in Minnesota. Visit steads like the Fair Acres Farm, Abbies Acres Berry Farm, and Uncle TL's Berry Ranch – or see everyone at once at the Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market.
Wineries, Farms & Pumpkin Patches
Bordered by the Mississippi River, southeastern Minnesota has become a beacon for wine lovers and agritourists.
Just east of the Twin Cities, a mini-Minnesota farm country thrives.
Hop on the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway and check out the Three Rivers Wine Trail – spanning the St. Croix, Cannon, and Mississippi river valleys.
Sip yourself some local wine from vineyards at Cannon River Winery, Northern Vineyards Winery, Saint Croix Vineyards, WineHaven Winery, and Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing.
A multitude of family farms speckle the southern Minnesota landscape near cities like Rochester and Alberta Lea.
Make plans for the Broody Hen Farm in West Concord, the Carothers Country Farm & Fiber Mill in Minnesota City, Preston Apple & Berry Farm in Preston, and the Straight River Farm in Faribault.
For the kids, look into the Flourish Summer Camp in Arts & Agriculture at Dream Acres Organic Farm in Wykoff. Other family-friendly farms include the Red Barn Learning Farm in Hayfield, and Tweite's Pumpkin Patch in Byron.
Looking for an event? Try the La Crescent Farmers Market in La Crescent, or the Minnesota Alpaca Expo in Owatonna.
St. Paul & Minneapolis Markets
Though you may not expect it, the Twin Cities is a mecca for agritourism in Minnesota – mostly due to the University of Minnesota.
U of M features several hubs for agritourism, including the Tourism Center and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.
Likewise, the Center for Integrated Natural Resource & Agricultural Management and the Dairy Food Products Salesroom provide educational agriculture exhibits found at the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.
The TC area also yields plenty of farmers’ markets, like the Minneapolis Municipal Farmers Market, the West Broadway Farmers Market, Mill City Farmers Market, and Kingfield Farmers Market in Minneapolis.
St. Paul offers the St. Luke's Farmers Market, Payne Avenue Farmers Market, Jackson Plaza Farmers Market, and many more.
If you’re looking to escape the big city for a while and enjoy a scenic road trip on your Minnesota agritourism tour, try some of the many farms immediately surrounding the TC region.
Check out Gilbertson Farms in Scandia, Fossum Family Farm in Northfield, Down on the Farm in Hugo, and the Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings.
Ever pet an alpaca? Get your chance at Wild River Ranch Alpacas in Taylors Falls, Sunrise River Alpacas in Harris, and Soulfood Alpaca Garden in Cambridge. And if you haven’t had enough public markets by now, catch the City of White Bear Lake Farmer's Market in, yep, White Bear Lake.
Minnesota Farms & Festivals
Some dense farm country is found in western Minnesota.
Tree huggers love heading to B&J Evergreen in Clear Lake near St. Cloud.
Meanwhile, animal lovers can hit the pens at Erickson's Petting Zoo in Osakis near Alexandria.
A festive region, western MN offers up agricultural events like the Threshing Show at the Minnesota Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls southwest of Willmar.
In the city of Morgan – near Mankato – or FarmFest at the Gilfillan Estate is another local favorite.
Several agritourist stop are found along Interstate 94 northwest of Minneapolis near Monticello and Buffalo.
Primarily, through stops like Pasture Adickes Family Farm, Woods' Edge Apples Orchard, The Little Boon Farm, Mol's Pumpkins, Grayson's Berryland, and so many more.
Further northwest, cities like Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls are ready to accommodate agritourists in the area as well.
Fergus Falls features Arrowwood Family Farm, Buffalo Pass Ranch, Bluebird Gardens, and so much more. Detroit Lakes yields Prairie Gardens, My Busy Acre, and Lakeview Greenhouses.
Stick around the area and visit the Lake Ida Apple Farm in Lake Park, neighboring Frank's Garden, or head to Hawley and pick your own fruit at Buddy's Berries.