Minnesota Farmers Union to debut new-look Coffee Shop at 2018 Minnesota State Fair
June 25, 2018
Since the 1950s, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) has had a strong 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 and has remained a popular source for fairgoers to learn about Minnesota’s family farmers and MFU.
This year, MFU is making the shop even more engaging. The organization has begun a significant redesign, aiming to further improve its educational mission with interactive content and locally grown food.
“We are excited for our building to better serve fairgoers and connect them with those who grow their food,” said MFU President Gary Wertish. “Part of the fair’s mission is to celebrate Minnesota agriculture, and we are doing our part to carry out that mission.”
As part of the redesign, MFU will include more content describing its mission to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities. There will be video footage showcasing MFU’s members.
The redesign will also include a more efficient customer service and a food truck operated by Birchwood Cafe of Minneapolis. It will remain a full-service coffee shop, with Farmers Choice Coffee roasted by St. Paul’s J&S Bean Factory, including the popular nitro cold press, and frappes.
The shop will also offer ice cream bars from St. Paul’s Grand Ole Creamery. New food options made by Birchwood will include Blueberry Rhubarb Cobbler, an Heirloom Tomato BLT and Strawberry Basil Lemonade, made with ingredients sourced from Minnesota farmers.
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