We’ve taken the summer off at Hotdish & Catfish, but I wouldn’t dream of missing the chance to write about one of my absolute favorite events of year: the Minnesota State Fair (what else?!).
The bus sat white and gleaming in the Cash Wise Foods parking lot. I quickly found a spot, as the lot was nearly empty at 7:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
Have you noticed that mornings have started looking a little more gray lately? Or that the air has a slight chill as it blows over your skin? And then there are the beautiful (but anxiety producing) yellow and red leaves that are slowly starting to peek out. As of September 22nd, fall has arrived.
This week, I went on an adventure with a great friend to Pepin County, Wisconsin. Maria and I trekked to the ‘secret’ Pizza Farm. Not many people know of this unique dinner spot, but word is slowly starting to spread. Even though it’s a good hour away from the Twin Cities, more and more city folk have been frequenting the farm on Tuesday nights. Interestingly, this fully functional organic farm does no marketing or advertising for its pizza nights. Hundreds of people fill the lawns just by word of mouth.
It’s a b.y.o.everything set up, and people go all out. We saw full wooden tables, linens, a candelabra, balloons and streamers for a birthday party, even a kumbaya circle with multiple instruments. I realize this is entirely hippie-sounding, but there’s a great mix of people in the crowd – longtime local customers, young and old families, city hipsters and groovy flower children, too.
No matter where you fall in this spectrum, experiencing the Wisconsin Pizza Farm is a summertime must. The scenery is beautiful, the atmosphere is peaceful and the food is worth the drive. We tried the Pancetta Pizza – I highly recommend it! After we placed our order, we cracked open a bottle of wine and leisurely strolled the farm with a glass in hand.
Alright enough talking, I’ll let my pictures say the rest.