There’s nothing like stretching out on a picnic blanket, watching the summer sun dip low behind a farm field, and feasting on pizza fresh out of a roaring brick oven. Pizza farms are a speciality of the Midwest — and lucky for Minnesotan pizza lovers, there are plenty of red barns dotting the southern Mississippi River valley to explore. Most require that guests pack everything they’ll need (think blankets, plates, and a bottle of wine or lemonade). Note also that some of these farms require reservations ahead of time, and many are cash-only. With the warm season newly upon us, it’s high time for some wood-fired pizza made with farm-fresh veggies and herbs. Here’s a map of pizza farms near the Twin Cities.Read More
14 Pizza Farms to Explore in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa
Pack a blanket and head out to these pizza farms for an evening of rustic dining
1. Alpha and Omega Pizza Farm and Event Venue
Alpha and Omega Farm in Princeton, Minnesota hosts pizza nights every Thursday in the spring, summer and fall. The menu changes often, but expect pizzas like the “Millie the Meatlover” or the mysteriously named “Fainting Goat” — Alpha and Omega Farm also hosts goat yoga on summer Sundays. Walk-in orders are available, but it’s best to order ahead of time, and gluten-free crusts are available upon request.
2. Two Pony Gardens
Located in Long Lake, just west of Minneapolis, Two Pony Gardens specializes in dahlias, heirloom tomatoes, and the occasional pizza night. Dates for the 2022 pizza farm season will be released in June — be sure to book a reservation ahead of time for the farm’s front yard, meadow, or sumac hill spaces.
3. Sawmill Pizza & Brew Shed
Clear Lake, WI 54005
Lazy summer Sundays are better spent on this farm that grows produce and brews beer. Enjoy a little music, beer, and creative pizzas like the “Spicy Jameese,” made with strawberry jam, sriracha, and cheddar and pepper cheeses. The 2022 season begins May 29 — the farm is open Sundays, noon to 7 p.m. Bring cash.
4. Borner Farm Project
Prescott, WI 54021
Just over the river in Prescott, Wisconsin, this tiny farm serves pizza once or twice a month — keep your eye on its Instagram page for the announcement of the 2022 schedule. Borner Farm sells highly seasonal pizzas as well as farm-fresh appetizers, seasonal desserts, and beverages including beer and wine.
5. Red Barn Farm
Northfield, MN 55057
Crafted with hand-made, vegan dough, the pizzas at Red Barn Farm typically feature the farm’s pesticide-free produce. (Try the classic margarita, with tomatoes and fresh basil.) Make a reservation ahead of time, and bring cash or check. Open every Wednesday night for the season.
6. Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm
Waseca, MN 56093
Pleasant Grove in Waseca, Minnesota, serves a varied menu that includes pizza fries doused in garlic infused olive oil, and topped with fresh and shredded mozzarella with a side of homemade tomato sauce. Veggie lovers should try the Buster, made with wild mushrooms and sage olive oil. The farm is now open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the season.
7. Squash Blossom Farm
Idyllic Squash Blossom Farm in Oronoco, Minnesota hosts a pizza night every Sunday — the farm’s 2022 season kicks off Memorial Day weekend. Make sure to order ahead, as pizzas often sell out fast. Squash Blossom recently became a licensed farm winery: Try farm-made mead by the glass, bottle, or tasting flight
8. A to Z Produce & Bakery
Located on a picturesque farm in Stockholm, Wisconsin, A to Z Produce & Bakery has been baking farm-fresh pizza in its hand-built brick oven since 1998. Pack the trunk with a blanket, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks (though A to Z has beer and wine for sale) and drive out for Tuesday pizza night the first and third Tuesday of the month, starting in May. Note that reservations are required.
9. The Nelson Stone Barn
This Nelson, Wisconsin farm serves Italian-style thin crust pizzas topped with organic seasonings grown on the property, plus sausage, chorizo, and more. (Try the Alaskan, made with smoked salmon, dill, and capers.) The farm is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the season.
10. Farm to Fork Retreat
Dancing Yarrow Farm to Fork Retreat in Mondovi, Wisconsin hosts wood-fired pizza and open mic nights, hosted by the Rock Creek Song Dogs, on Thursday evenings from May 19 through September 29. Come for the thin-crust pizza, the live music, and the selection of sustainable and natural wines and other beverages. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the farm.
11. Suncrest Gardens Farm
Tucked into the bluffs above the Mississippi River, this 16-acre farm holds its pizza nights Fridays and Saturday May through September, with a few October pop-ups as well. In addition to the pizzas, the farm sells an impressive selection of Wisconsin craft beer, as well as wine and soda.
12. Winghaven Pizza Farm
All the ingredients at Winghaven Pizza Farm are grown on the breathtaking Wisconsin landscape. Tables are available, but pizzas can also be order as takeout. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn games, and Winghaven occasionally hosts live music. The farm is open on Fridays and Saturdays — the first day of the 2022 season is May 27.
DreamAcres is just one beautiful drive away, through Minnesota’s Southeastern bluff country. It’s open to visitors almost every Friday evening during the summer, June through October, or until they run out of pizza. The organic pizzas are vegetarian, made with seasonal ingredients grown on the farm.
14. Luna Valley Farm
Decorah, IA 52101
Take a long and twisty drive down to Decorah, nestled into the stunning Driftless region, untouched by ancient glaciers. Pizza season at Luna Valley Farm began May 9, and runs on Fridays and Saturdays though the season (Fridays only in May, Sepember and October.) Make a reservation ahead of time.