Farmers Union Coffee Shop featured in official Minnesota State Fair New Foods list
June 18, 2019
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.
“A big part of the Minnesota State Fair’s mission is agricultural education,” said MFU President Gary Wertish. “We’re doing our part to further that mission by supporting Minnesota family farmers in the food we serve at the Farmers Union Coffee Shop. We make sure customers know where their food is coming from and how much family farmers mean to our state. That’s especially important in this time when farmers face low prices, unpredictable weather, high health care costs, trade disruption and market consolidation, which are causing great stress in agriculture.
“The average Minnesotan is multiple generations removed from the family farm. We help bridge that understanding gap at the Farmers Union Coffee Shop.”
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
About Minnesota Farmers Union
Minnesota Farmers Union is a grassroots family farm organization that works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
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Minnesota Farmers Union—Standing for Agriculture, Working for Farmers (www.mfu.org).
Minnesota Farmers Union
305 Roselawn Ave. E. #200
St. Paul, MN 55117
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.