As the world celebrates Earth Day/Week, we are reminded that at French Meadow every day is Earth Day. From our beginning three decades ago, we’ve made it our mission to engage in ethical practices that reflect our love for the earth and commitment to sustaining our planet’s resources.
A true farm-to-table establishment since before there was even a name for it, we’ve sourced our food from organic farmers we know and trust. French Meadow crafts our signature organic dishes from scratch, and from our hand-made pasta to our fresh sourdough pain levain and farm-fresh vegetables, we communicate through our food the cycle of respect for our shared home on earth.
This is why we say every day is “Earth Day” at French Meadow: With each meal we prepare with love for our customers, we celebrate the earth and our connection to it.
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,...