Monday, December 1, 2014

Farm to Table

 

On a visit to a Minneapolis museum my friend Heather and I happened upon Wise Acre Restaurant, housed in a funky converted gas station. It's a farm-to-table restaurant where 95% of the organic food served is grown on their Minnesota farm, picked in the morning and by afternoon on the table. I love this idea, fair prices for the farmer and the food was what you would expect -- amazing.

 

 

While waiting for a table you can watch the cooks, or you can ponder the large farm photos of what will be (shhhh!) on your plate soon.

 

 

 

Our brunch. Mmmmmm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only does the farm have a restaurant, but also a garden shop in a cottage next door. On the way over, these goats graze on a grass roof atop a shed covering the dumpster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way out I said goodbye and thank you to my new friend.

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30 comments:

  1. Where is this fine restaurant located? I want to go there!

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    1. Kate, it is on Nicollet Ave near the Museum of Russian Art.

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  2. Cynthia, that is so much fun. Don't you just love to find these places where someone's creative idea comes to life?

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  3. I hope this farm/restaurant is a huge success. One day maybe I might be visiting there.

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  4. What a great find! I love the ingenuity and brunch looks yummy.

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  5. Cynthia it is very inteesting place. And I would like to know what did you have for your brunch. ? It is not European version.

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    1. I had scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, and a pear. Heather had scrambled eggs, cheese, and ham on a bun, potatoes, and a pear.

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    2. So it is delicious.Thanks for information.

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  6. Wow, I am so impressed. The brunch you had looked amazing, I really love the idea of buying and eating locally grown produce.

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  7. INGENIOUS! From garden/paddock/pen to table and all by the same owners. Certainly well named also - Wise Acre.
    Could only happen in that enterprising state of "10,000 LAKES". No wonder I loved visiting Minnesota so much.
    (Oh yes, one exception especially in Rochester etc. - the "deposits on the footpaths by those visiting Canadian geese!! - ha ha - still it did improve my somewhat "lacklustre" footwork!)

    I think something like this is found in some country areas here - up Eumundi way north of Brisbane and in the "Tweed" to
    Ballina area of NSW, the Barossa Valley of South Australia - just some areas that come to mind. I know that any meals
    that I have eaten in these areas in some "strangely named" cafes / restaurants with in and outdoor seating, the food has been
    fantastic.
    Yet people still flock to those unmentionable and avoided by me under pain of a cruel death - crucifixion being one - MacDonalds!!! ???

    Very interesting report - many thanks
    Cheers
    Aussie Col
    PS: Some rain overnight and could be some more - great to follow up that destruction from that bloody storm.
    The lawns and gardens will be happy.

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  8. That does look like a hearty meal. Fresh food seems to be a rare treat nowadays. This place definitely seems worth the visit.

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  9. Very cool that they converted an old gas station into this new business. I don't typically see gas stations being repurposed... they just knock them down and rebuild, which is too bad!

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  10. Great photos of a very interesting place and I really like the idea of food that fresh!

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  11. That sounds like such a charming place! The restaurant--without the gas station part--reminds me of one I visited many, many years ago in Michigan called the Milk Pail (I think) that grew their own everything.

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  12. What a terrific place and the food sounds delicious!!! Isn't it fun to find places like that!! They aren't that many of them I'm afraid!! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great new week!!

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  13. Fun time and place ~ Great shots! Love the piggy!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol
    a creative harbor

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  14. kudos to these people and how cool is that.... a restaurant in an old gas station.

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  15. yay for the Farmer and you! Colorful greenery! :)

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  16. Looks like a nice place for a brunch.

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  17. That new friend of yours looks lovely. The place is cool, you get the freshest fsrm products. I was stunned by their pictures inside where you can see what they are preparing. They really have to hang them there? I bet some people won't feel comfortable eating after seeing those. I won't mind.

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  18. Hi Cynthia!! What a lovely place. I'd love to eat there!!

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  19. Looks like a fantastic place! Also the pig outside :-)

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  20. What a fabulous find! I would eat there in a heartbeat. The goat on the shed roof is adorable too. I wish more places like this would pop up.

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  21. Hi Cynthia, back to answer your query....I am in central Pennsylvania.

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  22. I love places like the one you discovered. You make me want to go explore somewhere new in my area.

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  23. What a great place to eat and browse and enjoy goats on a roof. I really like your blog, it is simple and beautiful the way you have designed it.

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  24. That is so cute! I have never seen Wise Acre before. We're going into Minneapolis this weekend but will be eating at Brit's. We need to expand our culinary adventures a bit I think. :-)

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