Since 1996 French Meadow Bakery & Café has earned a loyal following among Minnesota State Fair-goers by offering natural, unique food options that are also deliciously indulgent. This year we step up the game with our newest creation, Earth Wings® , as a featured new food on our fair menu.
Already a hit appetizer at our Minneapolis and St. Paul flagship restaurants, Earth Wings® are made with fresh cauliflower pieces (“wings”), dipped in our signature seasoned batter, deep-fried to perfection, and smothered in organic sesame BBQ sauce. The savory, meaty texture will satisfy even dedicated meat lovers, yet they are both vegan and gluten-free. They go perfectly with our Infused Cucumber Iced Lemonade – made with Minnesota-grown cucumbers and Meyer lemons -- a refreshing fan favorite over the last few years.
French Meadow also is offering State Fair visitors a Gluten-Free Rustic Sandwiches, created to further deliver on our commitment to offer delicious gluten-free options.
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe is honored to have received the first 30 Year Award from Larry Schultz Organic Farm & the Schultz family, commemorating our partnership of over three decades. Since French Meadow's beginning, all eggs used and served in our cafe have been from the Schultz family farm's truly organic, hormone-free, free-range chickens. Although "organic" has become a common buzzword, the Schultz farm and French Meadow actually remain committed to the strict organic standards they started with -- long before others had even heard of the term.
As Larry Schultz explains, "Back in the early 80s, organic wasn’t a thing yet, so it was unheard of for a restaurant to seek out organic eggs as Lynn did by reaching out to my mom [Helen Schultz]. My parents have always farmed organically, and Lynn truly pioneered bringing organics into restaurants, so it was a great partnership." Larry took over the organic egg farming when his mother, now 88, retired, and...
French Meadow has forged strong relationships with many farmers over the years, but perhaps none was as passionate an advocate for organic farming as Bruce Bacon of Garden Farme. Bruce passed away this October at the age of 76 at his family farm in Ramsey MN.
In the 70s, at a time when organic farming was still a fringe activity, Bruce was nurturing the soil of his family's farm, getting organic certification in 1977 and educating others on organics, permaculture, and soil health practices. His passion for soil – the core of agriculture, and something to be nurtured and respected – was unsurpassed, as was his generosity in spreading his knowledge to others.
The relationship with Bruce Bacon and his Garden Farme runs deep in French Meadow’s history. He was the first vegetable farmer we bought from, and likewise French Meadow was his first restaurant client. Later, French Meadow started an annual educational program for employees,...