Come and Get it!: What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm

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Come and Get it!: What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm

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St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture


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Dining directly on a farm appeals to local food enthusiasts and to host farmers alike. Customers get to savor specialties made with that farm’s fresh-raised fare, and chat with the farmer who grew it. Host farmers get to share their farm home and bucolic setting while loyal customers taste the harvest in the freshest possible manner. Add these two motivations together and you see a vibrant movement of on-farm food events, from informal “pizza farms” selling wood-fired pizzas made with farm-raised ingredients to pricier white-tablecloth, multi-course dinners. While the concept of sharing a meal around a table reaches back through centuries of history, in today’s business and regulatory reality it isn’t as simple as setting out an extra table and chairs and collecting cash to get something started. Adding any form of on-farm food service to your farm business mix requires a well-thought-out and strategic planning process to bring you to long-term success.


33 p. Contains Come and Get it!, Come and Get it! Minnesota, and Come and get it Wisconsin

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Armstrong, Rachel; Kivirist, Lisa. (2015). Come and Get it!: What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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