Long, rigorous days make it tough for farmers to open up their operations to the public -- also, leaving their poolside cabanas to show people around could totally ruin the crisp definition on their trademark tans. For a bunch of farmers foolishly sacrificing clean upper-bicep lines to host you, check out The Eat Local Farm Tour.
For one day only, some of the Twin Cities'/Twin Rural Agrarian Areas' best farms are opening their barn doors, and
gorgeous, naive daughters' legs gates to let you see and taste firsthand where some of MPS' best restaurants source their stuff. The tours are all self-guided, but suggested routes (supplemented by an interactive map and free guidebook available at local co-ops) include:
Hit Eichten's Hidden Acres where you'll watch buffalo graze while tasting their friends in burger form (purchasable with the guidebook's sole coupon), then check into the Women's Environmental Institute's organic vegetable farm for slices of loaded, wood-fired pizza done “Alan Scott-style”, presumably so-named because watching a 90min blockbuster about a single pizza cooking would be about as entertaining as The Green Lantern.
Visit Ferndale Farm & Market to sample the very turkey you see roaming their fields, then check in to Thousand Hills Cattle Co. to feed on grass-fed cows feeding on processed corn (jk, grass), before topping things off with cheese and sausage at Shepherd's Way Farms, and finally, a veggie-filled wagon tour at Gardens of Eagan.
Apparently not named for a route that will rip apart at 30000ft after making you needlessly stand in the terminal for an hour, this tour features grass-fed cows, chickens, pigs, and milk (presumably just from the cows) at Cedar Summit Dairy and Farm, plus a look at the fully sustainable one at Living Land, and dairy goats aplenty at East Henderson.
There's also a one-stop loop to organic veggie-haven Riverbend Farm, where you can actually get your hands dirty tending to their latest harvest as part of what they call a “crop mob”, or in private, "a way to get city folk to work while we continue to sip Mai Tais in Hawaiian shirts".