Breakfast on the Farm

A few weekends ago, I had a very exciting Saturday morning. The day started with a beautiful bike ride from Lake Minnetonka on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

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The final destination was unknown to me when we started, but about 12 miles and 1 hour later, we arrived at Gale Woods Farm.

We had visited Gale Woods Farm a couple of years ago for the second best Valentine’s Day ever (runner up to the zoo). Gale Woods Farm is part of the Three Rivers Park District.

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In addition to being a full-functioning farm that produces meat, eggs, and produce, it also focuses on education, offering a variety of classes and community events. We were there for ‘Breakfast on the Farm’ – an annual fundraiser that features a menu comprised of entirely locally-grown and produced ingredients.

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Breakfast was served buffet-style, and the menu included eggs, potatoes, biscuits, cinnamon buns, and fresh fruit:

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The farm was packed, and we could see the cooks hard at work in the open-air kitchen:

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After finishing our food, we walked around the farm to check out the animals. We saw cows…

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and chickens….

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and sheep…

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We also tried some samples from the garden:

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Lastly, we went to a demonstration on beekeeping and learned about honey production.

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One interesting thing I learned was that the image I have in my mind of a beehive is actually inaccurate. I always thought that beehives looked like this…

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Actually, nests that hang from the tree like that are wasps nests, and true beehives more resemble honeycomb hanging from a tree:

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