By Kelsey Derby
If you’re not familiar with TPT’s own Farm Fresh Road Trip, follow along as host Mary Lahammer travels the state to show you farmers and chefs working together to further the local food movement. The series was produced with Minnesota Farmers Union.
You can catch The Best of Farm Fresh Road Trip on TPT 2 Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the restaurants featured in the series and give you a quick link to check out some of these delicious establishments!
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Wise Acre Eatery
5401 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419
From their site: “We believe that one of the best ways we as humans can take care of ourselves is to put good food in our bodies. Food that is local, food that is grown with passion, and food you can trust. Wise Acre can confidently say we provide you with that food because we grow it ourselves and prepare it ourselves.
Wise Acre is always evolving. We now not only offer our amazing grill food but we have a Market & Deli! We are excited for the future of Wise Acre and we hope you join us on this journey.”
Spanky’s Stone Hearth
34785 County Highway 4
Frazee, MN 56544
From their site: “With a fascination for food, and a desire to reproduce old classics, the foundation of our cuisine has always been focused around high-quality, local ingredients.
In today’s restaurant industry, its easy to lose your identity amongst the big chains, celebrity chefs and cutting edge technology. With new trends dominating the food scene each year, its important to expand our repertoire, but one thing will always remain true, we were “farm-to-table” before it was a marketing tactic, and our commitment to our customers has never wavered. If you consistently put outstanding food on the table, served by a knowledgeable, attentive and courteous staff, you have the means for success.
We simply cannot compete with big chain restaurants, so we choose to provide what they cannot — a memorable and personable dining experience for each guest, in a comfortable and welcoming environment.”
528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
From their site: “Seasonal sourcing of local, regional & organic produce, close relationships with our suppliers & farmers, meat raised without antibiotics or added growth hormomes, prioritization of pasture raised meat, cheese and dairy, fish sourced from sustainable fisheries and farms…”
Honey & Rye
4501 Excelsior Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
From their site: “Honey & Rye Bakehouse is a woman-owned venture undertaken by Anne Andrus, who grew up baking monkey bread at home with her mother in a rural Minnesota kitchen. Now a business owner and a mom, her passion for baking, family, and community continues to inspire her journey.”
1005 6th St NW
Rochester, MN 55901
From their site: “Our casual dining approach invites you to enjoy a relaxed family-friendly restaurant experience in Rochester, MN! We offer a full menu of vibrant dishes made from the freshest seasonally available ingredients inspired by our bountiful region. Discover a new favorite each time you visit as our menu changes to integrate the most recent harvest from our local farming partners.”
613 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN 56308
From their site: “La Ferme is Chef owned, open lunch and dinner service! We are proud to support our local farmers by using fresh, seasonal ingredients on our menus.”
Red Table Meats
1401 Marshall St NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
From their site: “Mike Phillips has been working on forming Red Table Meat Co. for perhaps his whole life. Growing up in a small, rural farming community, he worked for farmers, went to school with farmers, heck, he dated the Clay County Pork Queen! He saw their struggles and their tireless work. That powerful sense of community never left him. And now, Red Table Meat Co. couples those values with well-made, thoughtfully crafted products.”
River Rock Cafe
301 S Minnesota Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082
From their site: “In early 2002, our Saint Peter location was created as a space to house a dynamic community. A community that would evolve and expand into rich connections, rooted in the “terroir” of southern Minnesota. It was nourished at its core through years of ethical and conscious purchasing decisions and the unbridled enjoyment of perfectly crafted coffee beverages and nourishing plates of food.
We were built on a foundation that dared to suggest that to be caring, considerate and thoughtful of our earth and the people around us did make business sense. Slowly, we grew, we expanded, we stretched and we thrived.”
Check out Farm Fresh Road Trip on TPT or watch online here. You can also watch using the PBS Video App through your Smart TV, Apple TV, Roku or other devices. Download now.
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