Come and Get it!

 


UPDATE: 2018 On-Farm Foodservice Field days planned in Minnesota and Wisconsin!


From on-farm dinners to pizza farms to culinary tours and food events, there is increasing opportunity for farms to diversify and grow income through expanding into agritourism offerings that feature local foods.

Come & Get It! provides training and resources to support farmers to successfully launch farm-based food businesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Led by the award-winning Renewing the Countryside, this project is in partnership with the MISA, Farm Commons and Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, co-authors of Homemade for Sale 

For a more detailed overview of Come & Get It, see

 

#1 Listen to the Webinar

Available for both Minnesota and Wisconsin - this Webinar is the perfect starting point and a prerequisite the Field Days listed below.You can listen to the archived webinars here:

Minnesota focused webinar or Wisconsin focused webinar 

 

#2 Read the Manual

Available in both Minnesota and Wisconsin-specific versions, the Come & Get It! on-farm food service manual guides farmers to assess and evaluate the business planning aspects of adding an on-farm food enterprise.

Subjects covered include: navigating regulatory categories, assessing market opportunities, food business licenses, marketing, liability and food safety compliance.

Come & Get It! Chapters 1 - 5 (PDF, 1.0 Mb)

- Introduction
- Assessment: Is On-farm Food Service Right for You?
- Marketing
- Financing
- Profile: Dinner on the Farm
- Profile: Stoney Acres Farm

Minnesota Section (PDF, 411 kb)

Wisconsin Section (PDF, 371 kb)

#3 Attend a Field Day

Each session showcases a successful story of how farms can diversify into food ventures, including:

Detailed “behind the scenes” farm and pizza operation tour
Informational sessions on business start-up, licensing and marketing
Tasting lunch
Plenty of Q&A time
Cross-pollination opportunity with other farmers interested in similar ventures

Minnesota Field Day (register here)

Monday, August 13th, 2018
10 am to 2 pm
Host Farm: Squash Blossom Farm

Type of operation:  Weekly wood-fired pizzas on Sunday afternoons along with baked goods and catered events. Live music and other on-farm events throughout the season with food components.

 

Wisconsin Field Day (register here)

Thursday, August 23, 2018
10 am to 2 pm
Host Farm: Campo di Bella

Type of operation:  On-farm winery and full kitchen features full meals, wine bar and catered events. Italian-inspired meals feature heritage pork, lamb and vegetables grown on the farm

This project is a partnership between Renewing the Countryside and:

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