Since the 1950s, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) has had a presence at the Minnesota State Fair with a building on the corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Cosgrove St. It became the Farmers Union Coffee Shop in 2003, offering locally roasted coffee and locally grown food. Today, it is a place at the fair for visitors to connect with MFU, our state’s family farmers and their food.
The Farmers Union Coffee Shop has been a part of the official State Fair New Foods list many times. This year is no exception: the Blueberry Key Lime Pie and Lavender Lemonade are featured among the 2019 selections. MFU partners with local food-focused Birchwood Cafe of Minneapolis on these. The Heirloom Tomato & Sweet Corn BLT will return, now with the option to add an egg.
The full-service coffee shop offers products from two St. Paul businesses: JS Bean Factory’s Farmers Union Farmers Choice Coffee, hot and cold, including the popular Maple Cream Nitro Cold Press Coffee; and Grand Ole Creamery ice cream bars. It will also offer espresso drinks, chai tea and mocha frappes.
The Farmers Union Coffee Shop is proud to source ingredients from Minnesota family farmers and businesses. This year, sources include:
Hidden Stream Farm, Elgin, Minn.: bacon, lavender
Hmong American Farmers Association, Vermillion, Minn.: lavender
Heartbeet Farm, Zumbro Falls, Minn.: greens
Riverbend Farm, Delano, Minn.: tomatoes
Featherstone Farm, Rushford, Minn.: tomatoes, greens, kale
Twin Organics, Eagan, Minn.: tomatoes, basil
Blue Fruit Farm, Winona, Minn.: blueberries
Happy Fish Aquaponics + Gentleman Forager, Stacy and St. Paul, Minn.: lettuce, basil
Sno Pac Foods, Caledonia, Minn.: blueberries, corn
Whole Grain Milling, Welcome, Minn.: cornmeal
Baker’s Field Flour + Bread, Minneapolis, Minn.: Kernza® flour
Locally Laid Egg Company, Wrenshall, Minn.: eggs
Stony Creek Dairy, Melrose, Minn.: butter, milk, cream
Wild Country Maple, Lutsen, Minn.: maple syrup