Visit with a Farmer at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Building at the State Fair

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) continues their Minnesota State Fair tradition with the Minnesota Farmers CARE theme. Since more than half of Minnesotans have never met a farmer, MFB has created an opportunity for consumers to ask farmers questions at the fair. Minnesota farmers will be volunteering all 12 days of the state fair, August 27-September 7, at the MFB building where fairgoers can meet farmers who are raising and growing their food.

Giveaways Provide Educational Value
There will be three books given away throughout the two weeks: The Kid Who Changed the World, The Beeman and How Did That Get in My Lunchbox. Each day of the fair will end with the drawing for a children’s book. These books offer children the opportunity to learn about farming, where food comes from, how honey is made and more!

MFB will also be having a drawing for a rain barrel. While entering to win the barrel, learn how farmers have decreased their water usage in the past 20 years.

Take a Quiz to Win a Lunch Cooler or Ice Cream Scoop
Take a quiz and earn a thermal lunch bag, ice cream scoop and Pico de Gallo recipe. During the quiz, fairgoers will learn facts about agriculture and talk to a farmer. New signage will be displayed in the booth, featuring photos from farms, quotes from farmers and facts about agriculture.

Pico de Gallo Garden
MFB is growing Minnesota crops in their Pico de Gallo Garden on the state fairgrounds. Stop by and see all the crops needed to create a delicious homegrown snack for your family and grab a free recipe card.

Pollinator Friendly Flower Display
MFB has created a flower display that is appealing to pollinators such as bees. This is part of an on-going effort by farmers to provide enhanced habitat for pollinators. Pollinators are a crucial part of our ecosystem and help sustain the food supply.

Planted in the garden are Sunbird Coneflowers, Angelface, Gazania, Dianthus, Petunias and Rose Salvia. Pollinators rely on plants such as these to thrive.

The MFB state fair building is located at 1305 Underwood Street, directly across from the Food Building and behind the giant slide.

Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.

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