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Farm Weddings

This past weekend, we celebrated the marriage of our youngest son, Daniel, to Rebekah Wagner. About 250 friends and family celebrated under a huge tent in front of our creamery at the farm. Cedar Summit Farm has been the scene of many family weddings. Click their photo to read about our family’s farm weddings.

Mud Puppies and Cow Pies

My parents changed their focus from high production to healthy land, healthy animals and healthy people. They made it their life’s mission to educate future and current farmers on the practices that have served them and their charges well, hoping to hand down the ideals to anyone who wanted the information… Click the title or photo to read more…

Visit us on Saturday, July 19 during the Eat Local Farm Tour

We are very excited to be opening up our farm on July 19 for the Eat Local Farm Tour. The tour is put on by local co-ops in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market to showcase the local farmers that make our seasonal, fresh, local food system possible. Cedar Summit Farm has participated every year that the tour has been put on, and we are thrilled to be working with our stores again.

This year, the tour happens on Saturday, July 19. We will be opening the farm early and giving free tours at 9, 10, 11, and 12. Our farm store will be open the entire time and we will have some extra treats for the kids. Tours will be led by Dave, Florence, and other members of the Minar family. Tour the creamery and milking parlor, view the pastures, and meet the herd. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Remember, we are not doing Milkapalooza this year, so the Eat Local Farm Tour is your chance to come down and see the farm for free. We look forward to meeting you.

Click here to download the 2014 Farm Tour Guidebook.

Rainy Thoughts from the Farm

As I drive the backcountry roads around our farm I’m saddened again to see the widespread farmland destruction that occurs during heavy rainfall events like the last few days. Thank you, Monsanto! Click the image or title to read the entire update…

The Killdeer

Everyone here at Cedar Summit Farm is anxiously waiting for the four well-camouflaged Killdeer eggs to hatch. The nest is on the west side of the creamery, along the roadway that we stabilized a few years ago with a load of four inch crushed limestone rock. The Killdeer have the nest hidden among the rocks and the few spears of grass that grow there.

Spring Foraging

May 7th, 2014 was the latest first turnout to pasture of the milking herd that I can remember. No doubt it was caused by the prolonged winter. Walking perimeter fences with a pail of fencing tools is one of my most anticipated tasks of spring. Click the image at left to read more…

St. Paul Farmer’s Market

We are looking forward to another summer at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market. We’ll have our entire line of products (cream top milk, drinkable yogurts, cream, half and half and 100% grass-fed ground beef) available for purchase.

You can find us at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market, downtown St. Paul on the corner of 5th and Wall, Saturdays from May 3rd through November 22, 6am-1pm.  Bring your bottles for your deposit return – the same as at your favorite store.  We can’t wait to see you!

Horse Logging “The Forty”

Many of you probably did not know that our steers spend most of their lives at the McGrath farm. It is located at the very South end of Aitkin County not far from the village of McGrath. Named for James McGrath, the owner of a logging camp in the pine forests at the beginning at the last century. Florence’s grandfather, General Grant McCrory, was a hunter for the logging camps and her grandmother was one of the cooks.

Raising Calves – 1940 to the Present

It may seem strange, but I have been involved with dairy cows all my life. My parents said that they kept me in a pen in the barn as a toddler, so I wouldn’t fall in the manure gutter or get kicked by a cow while they milked or fed the herd. I’m sure I was there as an infant too. I grew up helping them with milking, feeding and tending to the calves.

Dairying in Minus 25 Degrees

We have many challenges when the temps are this low, especially when wind chills are minus 50 degrees. With their heavy hair coats, the cows and pregnant heifers seem to do just fine, as long as they are kept dry. Click the image to read the entire story.