Minnesota (and Wisconsin) pizza farms to try this summer (2024)

There's nothing like eating your way through a Minnesota summer. The ballpark brats and the lakeside lobster rolls, the shore lunches and the backyard s'mores. And in the rural countryside, the lush farmland just beginning to sprout with this year's bountiful crop of pizzas. Wait, what?

Pizza farms have always been an "if you know, you know" aspect of life in the Upper Midwest, though they might sound mystifying to anyone who hasn't encountered one. Here in Minnesota (and Wisconsin), we take for granted that you can road-trip to a farm, spread out a blanket, order a piping hot pizza made from locally grown ingredients, and soak up every last drop of summer.

The gold standard of pizza farms, A to Z Produce and Bakery in Stockholm, Wis., announced earlier this year that after 25 years, it is retiring its legendary pizza night. Fortunately, there is a growing list of places to enjoy a farm-fresh pizza. If you're lucky, it might be to the tune of live music — and maybe a farm animal symphony, too.

Just remember: Pack your own trash bag, picnic blanket or chairs, utensils, plates and whatever else you need for a picnic. Bug spray wouldn't hurt, either. Clean up after yourself. Know which state you're in (Minnesota allows you to bring your own alcoholic beverages, Wisconsin does not). And leave pets at home.

Here's your summer pizza farm bucket list, from closest to Minneapolis to farthest away:

Minnesota (and Wisconsin) pizza farms to try this summer (1)

Minnesota (and Wisconsin) pizza farms to try this summer (2)

Mark Hvidsten

Red Barn Farm has been serving up pies since 2012. Here, co-owner Tammy Winter tends to pizzas in the wood-burning oven in 2015.

Red Barn

Visit horses and chickens at this 10-acre farm and wedding venue, which opens to the public for pizza night every Wednesday and the third Sunday of the month from May through October.

Address: 10063 E. 110th St., Northfield, 507-664-0304, redbarnfarmweddingsmn.com

Hours: Wednesdays: May, Sept.-Oct., 4-7:30 p.m.; June-Aug., 4-8 pm.; Sundays: May-Oct., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. third Sunday of the month.

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 50 miles.

Prices: $23 and up for a 16-inch pizza (cash and check only).

Gluten-free/vegan options: 12-inch vegan and gluten-free cauliflower crusts available.

Beverages: Bring your own.

Alpha & Omega Farm

Live music accompanies Neapolitan-style brick-oven pizza made with locally sourced vegetables and organic herbs grown on the farm. Meet goats, chickens, pigs, alpacas, cows, donkeys and dogs while you wait for your pie.

Hours: May: Thursdays 4:30-8 p.m.; June: 4:30-8 p.m. Thu. and Sat.

Address: 6714 Alpha Road, Princeton, Minn., 763-234-1350, alphaomegafarm.co

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 60 miles.

Prices: $10 advance tickets reserve you a pizza crust, which you order on-site. Pies run $21-$24 (the $10 will be deducted from your order). Semiprivate structures for large parties are available to rent.

Gluten-free/vegan options: Gluten-free crusts for $3 more.

Beverages: Bring your own alcoholic beverages. Local sodas by Whistler and bottled water for sale.

Minnesota (and Wisconsin) pizza farms to try this summer (3)

Minnesota (and Wisconsin) pizza farms to try this summer (4)

Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm in Waseca, Minn., features pies with crackerlike crusts.

Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm

Thin, crackerlike pies with charred edges are loaded with toppings at this 55-acre farm that's welcomed guests to pizza nights for 10 seasons.

Hours: Year-round May, Sept.-Oct.: Fri.-Sat. 4-8 p.m., Sun. 1-7 p.m.; June-Aug.: Thu.-Sat. 4-8 p.m., Sun. 1-7 p.m.; Nov.-April: Fri.-Sat. 4-8 p.m. (takeout and delivery only).

Address: 41142 160th St., Waseca, Minn., 715-523-0857, pleasantgrovepizzafarm.com

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 63 miles.

Prices: $22 and up for a 16-inch pizza, extra toppings $2.

Gluten-free/vegan options: 10-inch gluten-free crusts and vegan cheese available.

Beverages: Bring your own.

Squash Blossom Farm

Near Rochester, snack on wood-fire pizza and homemade ice cream sandwiches, with live music, gardens, farm animals and yard games for entertainment. Bonus: The farm is also home to a bean-to-bar chocolate operation, a bakery specializing in sourdough breads and pastries and a mead tasting room.

Hours: Memorial Day weekend through Sept., Sun. 4-6 p.m., Thu. 6-8 p.m. starting June 13.

Address: 7499 60th Av. NW., Oronoco, Minn., 507-252-9639, squashblossomfarm.org

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 81 miles.

Prices: $25 per pizza, preorder on the website.

Gluten-free/vegan options: Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan accommodations available; request when ordering toppings. No extra charge.

Beverages: Mead is made at the winery and available for tastings and purchase on pizza nights.

The Enchanted Barn

This western Wisconsin wedding and events venue doubles as a place for stone-fired pizzas made with local ingredients (plus brick-oven smash burgers) set to live music. Watch for pop-up events throughout the summer.

Hours: Thu.-Fri. 5 p.m. (first Wednesdays of the months are burger nights).

Address: 1543 6 1/2 Av., Hillsdale, Wis., theenchantedbarn.com

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 89 miles.

Prices: Reserve a table for $5 per person on Tock (seating can be limited); some concerts require $15-$20 tickets. Pizzas from $15.

Gluten-free/vegan options: Gluten-free crusts for $3 more.

Beverages: Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available for purchase; don't bring your own.

The Stone Barn

Although not a working farm, the property is memorably set within the gigantic, 121-year-old stone foundations of what had been a barn. Dog-friendly, too. Save room for dessert; there's Chocolate Shoppe ice cream from Madison, Wis.

Hours: Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. noon-9 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m. through Oct. 1.

Address: S685 County Road KK, Nelson, Wis., 715-673-4478, thenelsonstonebarn.com

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 91 miles.

Prices: $20-$32.

Gluten-free/vegan options: Gluten-free and keto-friendly crusts available.

Beverages: Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available for purchase; don't bring your own.

Suncrest Garden Farms

An idyllic 16-acre property devoted to sustainable practices offers pizza, s'mores and all-natural snow cones.

Hours: Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat. 3-8 p.m., through Sept.

Address: S2257 Yaeger Valley Road, Cochrane, Wis., 608-626-2122, suncrestgardensfarm.com

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 105 miles.

Prices: Cheese pizzas $13.95 for 12-inch, $20.95 for 16-inch; add meat, veggies and premium cheeses and sauces starting at $1.25.

Gluten-free/vegan options: Yes to both.

Beverages: Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available for purchase; don't bring your own.

Minnesota (and Wisconsin) pizza farms to try this summer (5)

Minnesota (and Wisconsin) pizza farms to try this summer (6)

Farm to Fork in Mondovi, Wis., serves up pizza, co*cktails and more on 18 idyllic acres. Provided

Farm to Fork Pizza at Dancing Yarrow

Open mic night, co*cktails and wood-fire pizzas (dessert pizza, too) with local ingredients at this rustic 18-acre property, complete with beekeeper and lodge. Well-behaved dogs welcome.

Hours: 5-9 p.m. Thu. (open mic) and Sat. (live music).

Address: S193 County Road BB, Mondovi, Wis., 715-926-8265, dancingyarrow.com

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 108 miles.

Prices: $14-$22

Gluten-free/vegan options: Yes to both.

Beverages: Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available for purchase; don't bring your own.

DreamAcres

Enjoy vegetarian wood-fired pies made from ingredients grown on the organic farmstead, with a view of the bluffs.

Hours: Fri. 5-8 p.m. "or as far as the dough stretches," rain or shine, May 31-Sept. 27.

Address: 17289 County Road 8, Wykoff, Minn., 507-316-3795, dreamacresfarm.org/pizza

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 115 miles.

Prices: $20-$30

Gluten-free/vegan options: All pizzas are vegetarian; no gluten-free option.

Beverages: Bring your own.

Bonus burger farm: Together Farms

Take a break from pizza at this on-farm burger restaurant that uses its grass-fed and grass-finished beef and ingredients from other local producers. There's live music, kids' activities and a retail store featuring area suppliers.

Hours: Thu.-Fri. 4-9 p.m., Sat. noon-9 p.m., Sun. noon-7 p.m., early May through October

Address: W93 Norden Road, Mondovi, Wis., 715-210-4740, togetherfarms.com

Distance from downtown Minneapolis: 112 miles.

Prices: Burgers start at $17.50 and come with fries and a pickle. Sides, pulled pork sandwiches and desserts also are on the menu.

Gluten-free/vegan options: One fryer is dedicated gluten-free for cheese curds and Brussels sprouts; gluten-free buns and veggie patties available.

Beverages: Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available for purchase; don't bring your own.

Minnesota (and Wisconsin) pizza farms to try this summer (2024)

FAQs

Where did the famous dish pizza come from? ›

Although it started as a staple food in Italy, pizza has evolved into several signature styles across American cities. You have New York's thin, foldable slices, Detroit's thick, square-cut dish, and New Haven's clam-topped, crispy variant.

Why do some farmers go into the pizza business? ›

The basic concept, which originated in Wisconsin, is that small farmers can make pizzas with ingredients grown on their lands or sourced nearby, and bake them right there for sale to visitors. Along with fostering a deeper connection between consumers and their food, a pizza farm offers a new source of income.

Where is the birthplace of pizza USA? ›

In 1905, Gennaro Lombardi applied to the New York City government for the first license to make and sell pizza in this country, at his grocery store on Spring Street in what was then a thriving Italian-American neighborhood.

What was the very first pizza in the United States? ›

Lombardi's is a pizzeria located at 32 Spring Street on the corner of Mott Street in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Opened in 1905, it has been recognized by the Pizza Hall of Fame as the first pizzeria in the United States.

What age buys the most pizza? ›

Older children ranging from 6 to 11 and adolescents ranging from 12 to 19 eat the most pizza (22 percent have some on any given day). Kids tend to eat pizza for lunch or dinner, while adults typically eat pizza only for dinner.

Why was pizza considered a poor man's food? ›

In the early 17th century, pizzas were considered a poor man's food since they were just yeast-based flatbreads with toppings.

Do pizza owners make money? ›

Pizzerias frequently demonstrate strong profitability, yielding attractive returns on investment for their owners. The level of profitability is shaped by a range of factors, including factors like geographical location, menu pricing, efficient operations, and customer demand.

What US city is famous for deep-dish pizza? ›

Chicago, Illinois

Where did Detroit deep-dish pizza come from? ›

The Detroit-Style Pizza legacy began at Buddy's Rendezvous Pizzeria on Six Mile and Conant street on Detroit's eastside when in 1946 Gus Guerra and team made their first square-shaped pizza.

Who is the most famous deep-dish Chicago pizza? ›

Lou Malnati's, the Best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Restaurant.

Who made the pizza famous? ›

Specifically, baker Raffaele Esposito from Naples is often given credit for making the first such pizza pie. Historians note, however, that street vendors in Naples sold flatbreads with toppings for many years before then. Legend has it that Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited Naples in 1889.

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