They said it could not be done. Welcome to Tour De Farm New Years Eve

New Years Eve Tour de Farm Update – Please Read!

Few tickets remain and the bus is filling up quickly. If you haven’t done so already, please respond via email a “yes we’re taking the bus!” or “no thanks, we’ll be driving!” (directions below) and any dietary restrictions or vegetarian requests. Email: information@tourdefarmmn.com.

NOTE: Pick up location has changed!

A block south of Corner Table is the Cremation Society of Minnesota who is donating their parking lot to us! Yay no street parking! Address is: 4343 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55409

Itinerary:

5:00pm Bus will load at Cremation Society of Minnesota parking lot; Bus will depart at 5:30pm sharp (aka we are not holding the bus for late-comers!)
7:00pm Reception at Star Thrower Farm
8:00pm 5-course Dinner, Music + New Years Eve Toast
12:30am Bus departs Star Thrower Farm; Arriving at Cremation Society of Minnesota at 1:30am

What to Wear:

Although the barn will have heaters, please dress warm. Layers and Minnesota winter wear– hats, scarves, and mittens – a base layer, warming layer, wind protection & warm boots are suggested over sequin dresses and stilettos. Blankets may be helpful for warmth as well!

Directions to the farm:

Take State Hwy 7 West from the Twin Cities. Time: about 45-60 minutes.

As you enter Silver Lake, turn Left at Grove Ave/County Hwy 2. Follow through town until you come to Gehlen Drive (which is also County Hwys 25 & 2). Follow Hwy 2 until you arrive at 16545 County Road 2, Glencoe, MN 55336. Note: 170th Street is the last cross street and the farm will be on your right. Time: about 10-15 minutes.

Weather:

We have checked with all the weather sources and feel that there is not enough of a threat to cancel this dinner. It is December in Minnesota and we love this weather. The bus will be leaving at 5:30 sharp and we will be in contact with the bus the entire way to monitor the schedule of arrival. We have allotted some extra travel time to a lot for the weather. We are going to celebrate the seasons like we have done all season long with Tour de Farm and this one will be especially amazing.

See you soon!

The Tour de Farm Team
information@tourdefarmmn.com

New Year’s Eve 2010 – How Local Will You Be?

So, by now, we hope you have heard that Tour de Farm is doing a New Year’s Eve dinner at a beautiful old barn in Glenco, MN.  We are amazed by how lucky we are to be able to celebrate the New Year and the fabulous food being grown & raised in Minnesota!

Getting ready for you!

We are going to start the night off with some warm mulled wine and hot apple cider. This will be a great time to get to know some of your dinner friends and mingle a bit while learning more about the farm.

Star Thrower Farm makes amazing cheese as well as some amazing Icelandic lamb meat. To learn more about the heard they have just check out the website.

We are going to start the night off with some very warm heriloom pumpkin soup using pumkin from our friends at Tangletown Gardens.

Next we will be having some great sausage that we are making this week at Corner Table. We are using herbs that were harvested by Debra from Star Thrower that they grew on thier property this year as well as garlic.

The next couple of courses, well, I don’t think I want to tell you everything right now, but there will be cheese, lamb, caramelized Brussels sprouts, lamb bacon, cream, and the dessert if going to have honey, ricotta and , of course, some great cheeses from Debra and Scott’s hard work.

The locals think you should wear wool, a lot of it.

If you can’t join us for the Tour de Farm Event, make a reservation for dinner at Corner Table. We are doing a three course dinner for $65 with wine pairings. Please call 612-823-0011 for reservations.

We can’t wait to spend New Year’s Eve with you!



Here is what the barn looks like as of Thursday.  Nice and warm.

Tour de Farm: Rogotzke Family Farm

Gosh, this was an exciting dinner.  We even got to see the forest in the rosé.

We were so very lucky to share this beautiful day with each other and our guests at the Rogotzke Family Farm.  It could not have been lovelier.  Dave Rogotzke (maple syrup maker and salmon fisherman) shared with us more than his land,  he shared his passion and knowledge for the trees, his land, the water and his relationship with all things that live and breathe therein.  Then we were doubly blessed by fisherman, activist and author Steve Dahl coming and talking with us about the life and laws governing the fishing he does on Lake Superior.

The chef that made our beautiful dinner was Scott Graden from New Scenic Cafe.  Wine was brought by Chuck Kanski, of Solo Vino and  beer was provided by Lake Superior Brewing.

Photographs are the sole property of Kris Hase and can not be used without her permission.  You can, however, purchase prints if you like.

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Tour de Farm: Oliver Kelly Picnic

Fall is here and we’re celebrating at Oliver Kelly Farm!  Our chef was Mike Phillips from Green Ox.  Wine was brought by Chuck Kanski, of Solo Vino and  beer was provided by Rush River.

Photographs are the sole property of Kris Hase and can not be used without her permission.  You can, however, purchase prints if you like.

Oh what a beautiful autumn day for our picnic!

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Tour de Farm Riverbend Picnic

Welcome to Riverbend Farm.  Beautiful days seem to be our lot in life this summer.  Oh well, what can we do?  The chefs were Mike Phillips from Green Ox, Jim Grell and Phillip Brecht from Modern Cafe and Marshall Paulson from the Birchwood Cafe.  Wine was brought by Chuck Kanski, of Solo Vino and  beer was provided by Furthermore.

Photographs are the sole property of Kris Hase and can not be used without her permission.  You can, however, purchase prints if you like.

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Oliver Kelly Picnic “Prequeal”

On Sunday, September 19 you will be joining Tour de Farm for a picnic at Oliver Kelley Farm prepared by Mike Phillips of Green Ox.

But first… we need more farmhands to make it happen!

Over the next two weekends, you and your kids can step onto the working 19-century Oliver Kelley Farm, a National Historic Landmark managed by the Minnesota Historical Society, and help the famers prepare for the Sunday supper.

Here’s what’s happening:

Threshing & Harvesting, Labor Day Weekend on Sept. 3-5

Threshing the grain harvest was the culmination on an entire growing season’s toil. Bring grain bundles in from the field with the oxen, Toby and Colter. Help haul bundles and bag up grain at the 1856 horse-powered Cox and Roberts threshing machine, help stack the straw, and pick heirloom vegetables from the garden. Then enjoy a ride on the nature trails on the horse-drawn trolley.

Time: Friday & Saturday 10a.m. – 5p.m. & Sunday noon – 5p.m.

Harvesting, Weekend of Sept. 11-12

Help the famers pick heirloom vegetables from the garden, visit the animals at the barn, or churn butter and see what’s cooking in the farmhouse. Then enjoy a ride on the nature trails on the horse-drawn trolley.

Time: Saturday 10a.m. – 5p.m. & Sunday noon – 5p.m.

To keep the farm preserved and managed, the Minnesota Historical Society has a small fee for participants: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Kid’s Picnic Tickets
Does your kid have a buddy that would enjoy a picnic? We are opening up more kids tickets to encourage hands-on learning experiences at the farm. Kids tickets, 6-12 years old, are $15 (plus tax), free for children 5 and younger.

Oliver Kelley Farm Location:
2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10 (see map below).

15788 Kelley Farm Rd.
Elk River MN 55330

Can’t join us until the dinner? Oliver Kelley Farm has other Fall events.

September already? WT”d”F?

Let me tell you that Tour de Farm this year has been a blast.  You have no idea what it is like to spend the day with people that make the food that we eat at Corner Table  eat every day.  Can’t say enough about how great our farms have been about hosting.  Always very gracious and accomadating.  Thanks to Tangletown Gardens, Riverbend Farms + Cedar Summit.
 

 

We are gearing up for the last couple of events. the September 19th Event at Oliver Kelly Farm, is going to be sold out by the time you read this, so this year, the picnics have been a hit.  We have fed our largest groups of over 200ppl event.  The pictures and the updates for those picnics will be coming soon.

Maple man Dave

Then Duluth is going to be amazing this year on 10-10-10.  We are visiting the Rogotzke’s family farm.  Not only do they make some amazing Maple syrup, but the family spends summers on family owned fishing boats in Alaska.

   

Steve Dahl " the fish guy"

This dinner is being cooked by returning chef Scott Graden and his great staff at The New Scenic Cafe.  Scott will also be working very closely with Steve Dahl of the north shore as well to highlight what that “farm” called Lake Superior has to offer this late in the year.  

This dinner is going to be like nothing that we have done so far.

If you have not bought tickets, well, you are just going to have to hear us talk all about it when we get back.