A sincere appreciation for the human condition and a fear of apathy is what drives Bakers’ Acres day in and day out to do what we do. We want to participate in and help create our community – not just exist. We invite friends to get involved in the farm-to-fork food continuum – whether experiencing Bakers’ Acres in the ways of our Bohemian and Native American heritage, or cultivating a healthy existence through building community and sustainable consumption.
Join the conversations or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, advocate via some of our favorite organizations, work or volunteer at the farm, and watch for farm news and upcoming events.
ADVOCATE FOR LOCAL FOOD & YOUNG FARMERS
Bakers’ Acres works within the community to build connections amongst farmers and consumers. Our farmers are members of and actively volunteer for the Sustainable Farming Association and the Land Stewardship Project. See what these organizations are up to, and help young farmers get back on the land. Even better, help young farmers do so sustainably.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES & INTERNSHIPS
2017 positions are filled.
Sunset Yoga On The Farm – Wednesday, May 24th, 8-9 PM
Come celebrate the beginning of the growing season with an outdoor yoga class taught by instructor Laura Lanigan on Wednesday, May 24th beginning at 8 p.m.
The public is invited to arrive between 7:30 and 8 p.m. to prepare a spot on the lawn. Bring your own mat and water. Suggested donation: $10.
“Bakers’ Acres and yoga are a perfect combination, both rooted in intentional living and sustainability of the mind, body and land. Yoga on the Farm seeks to promote a reverence for nature, a deeper connection within the local community, and conscious lifestyle choices dedicated to stewardship of the land and the care of each other,” says Laura Lanigan.
Participants of all skill levels are welcome. Those who attend will be guided through an energizing, yet accessible yoga sequence. The class will be set to a relaxing, upbeat soundtrack and will last for a full hour. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable layers that allow for a wide range of movement.
In the event of rain, yoga will take place inside the barn. If inclement weather is forecasted and the event is cancelled, watch our Facebook page for an announcement.
Find the Facebook event page here.
CSA Family Pea Pick and Farm Tour – Sunday, June 25th, 11 AM-1 PM
Our CSA customers are invited to the farm for the family Pea Pick on Sunday, June 25th at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Glean the pea field together, eating and harvesting as you go. Please wear farm-appropriate footwear – flip flops are discouraged.
We will start the tour at 11:15 and turn folks loose in the Gram Parsons field from 11:45-1. The field is filling up with beautiful fresh pea pods! The kids can also pet the baby goat, sheep, and ponies and say hi to the chickens.
Find the Facebook event here.
CSA Families Pumpkin Pick and Farm Tour – Sunday, September 17, 1-3 p.m.
Our CSA customers are invited to the farm to pick their pumpkins from the pumpkin patch on Sunday, September 17 from 1-3 p.m. This year we have the traditional orange jack-o-lanterns plus some white pumpkins, pie pumpkins, and tiny white and orange ones. We’ll do family photos for all of you again, with the pumpkins and new autumn decor. Plus, we will be peeling garlic / separating cloves in preparation for fall planting, and the big kids can help! We’ll have lawn games and the usual petting zoo, and the farm tour is scheduled for 2-2:30 p.m. See you there!
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Project & Farm Tour: Keyline Design for Water Management – TBD 2018
Come learn about keyline design and using berms and swales to manage water on farm fields. Discuss the basic concepts and tour the farm.
Cost is $10 for non-SFA members and $5 for SFA members. Please register in advance (link here), and find the Facebook event here.
The demonstration project is sponsored by the Sustainable Farming Association and funded by the Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.
Other possible events include another dinner on the farm, a harvest moon karaoke hoedown, and the annual family pumpkin pick. Details coming soon!
Dinner On The Farm
DINNER ON THE FARM BRINGS FARM-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE TO AVON, MN
Partnering with The Draft Horse and Summit Brewing Company to Host
Family Friendly Picnic at Bakers’ Acres
Avon, Minn., June 2, 2016 — Twin Cities-based Dinner on the Farm is excited to announce a partnership with The Draft Horse and Summit Brewing Company to present a family-friendly farm dinner July 10 in Avon, Minn. This collaboration provides “localvores” and foodies, the restaurant, brewery and certified organic family farm, Bakers’ Acres, an opportunity to celebrate local food, live music, and community.
“We at Bakers’ Acres watched with awe and admiration the unique Dinner on the Farm events at friends’ farms around Minnesota, and we hoped someday we would be chosen to host one as well,” explains Lisa Baker, owner of Bakers’ Acres. “We are thrilled to partner with Luke Kyle, owner of The Draft Horse in Minneapolis and one of the first chefs to buy produce from our farm, and share homegrown, specially prepared food and this delightful experience with our community in Stearns County.”
Dinner on the Farm is setting the table at six different farms in 2016, highlighting local chefs, breweries and bands at each stop. This year’s roaming culinary tour will kick off in Ramsey, Minnesota on Sunday, June 26th and land in Avon on July 10th. Other stops include Zumbro Falls, Minnesota, and Barron, Brodhead and Ridgeland in Wisconsin.
Tickets are $75 for adults, free for children 10 and under, and available at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1183441.
Dinner on the Farm created its traveling farm dinner series eight years ago, to celebrate local food in Minnesota and Wisconsin. “Sometimes folks still assume farm-to-table events are only formal, white tablecloth affairs with tickets over $200 per person, but we’re proving that doesn’t have to be the case,” explains Monica Walch, owner of Dinner on the Farm, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. A key way she keeps the cost per person lower is to serve in a more informal “picnic style” where guests bring their own dishware and blanket, just like you’d expect for a picnic.
About Dinner on the Farm
Dinner on the Farm creates unique local food experiences to celebrate farms, chefs, breweries, and food entrepreneurs dedicated to good, sustainable food. Through roaming culinary events, it connects people back to the land and to farmers and artisans who are making our communities a better place to live. dinneronthefarm.com
About Bakers’ Acres
Bakers’ Acres is a 15-acre certified organic family farm located in Avon, MN. The farm grows fruits, herbs and vegetables, selling produce to individuals and restaurants in the Twin Cities and Central Minnesota. bakersacresfarm.com
About The Draft Horse
A deli, restaurant & bar located in the Food Building in NE Mpls. Featuring products from our neighbors in the Food Building – the Lone Grazer Creamery and Red Table Meat Company, along with grab & go sandwiches, salads and soup. Serving lunch, dinner and late night featuring roasted meats and vegetables, charcuterie and cheese plates, Lone Grazer cheese curds, pot pies and more! Voted Best New Restaurant – Readers Choice City Pages 2016! drafthorsempls.com
About Summit Brewing Company
Founded in St. Paul, Minn. in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has stayed close to its roots, serving the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Summit’s beers are currently available in 14 states including Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Arkansas and Wisconsin. Summit now produces 14 varieties of premium craft beer, including seven year-round, four seasonal beers, and the limited release Unchained Series and 30th Anniversary Series. Since its inception, the brewery has been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement. For everything Summit Brewing, visit summitbrewing.com.
Tickets are $75 for adults, free for children 10 and under, and available at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1183441.
Dinner On The Farm website: http://www.dinneronthefarm.com/ourstory/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/873610792770685/
Yoga On The Farm
Sunday, 11 a.m., April 24th, 2016
Celebrate Earth Day with an hour of relaxing yoga on the farm led by College of St. Benedict student and instructor, Laura Lanigan. All skill levels welcome. Even if you’ve never tried doing yoga, you are welcome to come try and have some fun!
Bring your yoga mat if you have one, and a water bottle. Some mats will be available for use.
The College of St. Benedict EcoHouse will provide free transportation for a small amount of students. To reserve your spot on the bus, sign up here. Once the bus is full, we will communicate that here. Carpooling is also encouraged!
Restoration Agriculture & Keyline Design for Improving Hydrology
April 8th & May 6th, 2016
Come learn from two Central Minnesota farmers about using keyline design principles on their farms to manage water. This demonstration project explores how we can utilize excess water as an asset to increase productivity and resilience, instead of viewing it as a liability that leads to degradation of our soil and water resources.
April 8, 2016
Bakers’ Acres, 36861 Co. Rd. 9, Avon
Bakers’ Acres installed 900’ of berm and swale to move water from concentrated areas out to drier hillside ridges. This field day will discuss the strategy and construction process.
May 6, 2016
Island Lake Farm, 23111 State Hwy 18, Deerwood
Island Lake Farm has been researching and installing berm and swale terraces for over a decade. This field day will include hands-on demonstration of surveying and installing a keyline terrace, as well as touring other established systems.
More info coming soon!
TRAVEL WITH US!
Farm-to-Table European Tour – The Best of Austria & Germany
September 14-21, 2016
Your farmers will be taking a well-earned week’s vacation in September 2016 and serving as farm-to-table tour hosts on an unforgettable adventure through the best of Austria and Germany’s festivals, villages, and farms – and you’re invited to join us!
The tour will explore the nature and food of our Bavarian and Bohemian farming heritage, including unique local farms and Almabtrieb harvest ceremonies, a genuine annual event of the local people where herdsmen drive their cattle, decorated in ribbons and flowers, back to their valley villages for the winter after grazing in the mountain meadows all summer. We’ll be part of the decorated cows returning to town, and during our 4 nights in the Tyrolean Alps, we’ll hike, dance, eat, and drink our way through the villages, enjoying artisan cheeses, meat, and lager.
We’ll also visit Salzburg, World War II sights including Berchtesgaden and the Eagles Nest,and Neuschwanstein Castle, spending 3 nights in Germany. At the end, we’ll celebrate at the original Oktoberfest event in Munich!
This will be our first time collaborating with the tour company, Defined Destinations, but my 3rd time traveling through these countries. At $2,999 for the 8-day trip, the cost includes accommodations, all excursions, and all meals except for lunch.
These countries hold a very dear place in my heart, and I am more than thrilled to share the charm of some of the best rural and urban areas in Europe with local food enthusiasts like you. My bucket list includes petting a REAL Brown Swiss cow, and this might be as close as I ever get! -Lisa
Download the full itinerary here.
Reserve your spot before July 1. More information and registration information is available at www.defineddestinations.com.
June 10-11, 2015
University of Minnesota’s On-Farm Food Safety Workshop
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Festival of Farms – Alexandria Area
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operetta
Mixed Precipitation Theater announces a performance of Alcina’s Island: A Picnic Operetta, a guitar swinging retelling of the 1735 Handel opera, Alcina, to be held at Bakers’ Acres this August. An edible opera adventure for the whole family, The Picnic Operetta marks a seven-year tradition of celebrating the harvest with a unique blend of music, horticulture, food, and storytelling.
Italian baroque opera meets the truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s when Handel’s music is contrasted with the mile-eating grittiness of Dave Dudley, Guy Mitchell and Red Simpson with songs like “Six Days on the Road,” “Heartaches by the Number,” and “Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves.”
Of course, no picnic is complete without delicious food. Mixed Precipitation blends a tasting menu into the storytelling, inviting the audience to taste edible beauty of the landscape. Mixed Precipitation is working with Avon Area Arts to bring this production to the Avon community.
Alcina’s Island: A Picnic Operetta
Saturday, August 29th at 4 p.m.
Bakers’ Acres, 36861 Co. Rd. 9, Avon, MN 56310
$20 donation suggested.
See the theatre troupe’s event page here: http://mixedprecipitation.org/…/escape-from-alcinas-island…/
Reserve your ticket here: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/…
Join the Facebook event here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1597652403857206/
Thanks to Avon Area Arts for helping us bring this rare treat to our farm!
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Pumpkin Pick & Potluck for CSA members
Bring the family to the farm for our CSA Pumpkin Pick & Potluck on Saturday, October 10! Come for a farm tour at 12 p.m., bring a dish to share for 12:45 p.m. lunch, and plan to pick your pumpkins afterward. Kids will enjoy seeing the cows and chickens and seeing where their vegetables are grown! Please RSVP by August 1 with the number of folks you’ll be bringing.
Bakers’ Acres hosted the Sustainable Farming Association’s Festival of Farms in July 2014.