Welcome to Grass Roots Farm, the site of our 3rd sold out Tour de Farm dinner.  We were greeted at the farm by Linda Ward, the farm owner and her troop of co-op farmers. This is the smallest farm that we will be visiting this year, with only a couple of acres of land being worked. But that’s one of the really great things about working on a project like TdF.  We get to celebrate the the diversity of things growing in this state as well as the myriad of ways it is being grown.

Storms once again threatened our table with a major storm in the morning and we were plagued by high winds and scattered showers throughout the rest of the day.  We kept plugging away anyway. In the end Chef Graden and the brown shirt regulars put together a pretty spectacular dinner, if we do say so ourselves.

Scott took one look at the hill covered in grasses and prairie flowers and decided that would be the perfect spot for dinner.

Alex and Kate, two of the coop-ers.

Linda Ward, the farm owner.

Scott Graden’s crew unloaded and was up and cooking in no time at all.

Relish plates for the charcuterie course.

The Scotts let the brown shirts know what’s going to be for dinner tonight.


Two cooks in open field.

Next post:  The guests are arriving!

Photo Credit: Kris Hase

Scott Pampuch

Dinner Hosts
Grass Roots Farm : Linda Ward with
Alex, Kate, Lupita, Mel, Galynn, Paul, Brian, Happy, and Leah

Featured Chef
Scott Graden

Beer & Wine
Annette Peters
Lake Superior Brewing

Christine, Caitlin, Kyndell, Jeff, Tracy, Tracy, Emmy, Michelle, and Kim.

Many of the volunteers came from Cooking Minnesota.

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