Field to Fork 2017 at Wolfcreek Dairy

A few weeks back, J and I were thrilled to go to a Field to Fork dinner with Common Ground Minnesota at Wolfcreek Dairy Farm in Dundas, Minnesota.

When I say we were thrilled, I mean that J saw the invite and literally CLEARED his schedule to make it happen. He so enjoyed the event last year that he knew we had to go again this year.

Common Ground Minnesota is an organization of farm women who volunteer their time to share information about farming and food. Together, this group of women raises a variety of conventional and organic crops, livestock and produce.

They host various events to help share their experiences as well as science and research to help us as consumers sort through myths and misinformation surrounding food and farming.

This is the second Common Ground Field to Fork dinner that we’ve attended and both have been so interesting and inspiring to learn about ways farmers right here in Minnesota are growing our food.

The event at Dundas Dairy Farm included a tour throughout their farm and learning about the way the family farms. Jeff and I were able to ask all sorts of questions about the milking process, how many babies are born each year and even lay eyes on a set of calf twins born earlier that day.

In addition to learning more about dairy farming we were able to talk to other farm women who were hosting the event who farm cattle, wheat, grain, etc.

All in all it was a really fun night. The atmosphere is so beautiful and the dinner is always amazing. We love learning more about where are food comes from and in the end it makes us much more intentional shoppers.

Special thanks to Common Ground for inviting us. Thankful for the work you do.

A Twin Cities Staycation: TownePlace Suites Mall of America

Over the long 4th of July weekend, we had the opportunity to enjoy a little stay cation at TownePlace Suites Mall of America.

I’m not sure we’ve ever stayed at a TownePlace Suites but they are owned by Marriott and I know we’ve stayed at Marriott’s before.

We loved our overnight. First of all my kids are hotel junkies. Staying overnight at a hotel is literally one of their all time favorite things to do. Miss F was practically beside herself when we pulled up and told the kids, “surprise, we’re staying here overnight!”

They hadn’t even seen the room yet and were pumped but once we arrived at our room, their excitement skyrocketed because it wasn’t just any old hotel room, it was a two bedroom suite, complete with a kitchen and living room.

Sometimes staying at hotels can be tricky for our family, especially when it’s all 7 of us, so the idea of having a two bedroom suite so everyone has their own space is perfect.

I love having a kitchen at hotels to keep snacks and some simple foods in. As the kids are getting older they are getting more self sufficient so can get their own breakfast started while we sleep in. That’s always a win.

TownePlace Suites is located directly across the street from the Mall of America which is perfect for a little stay cation with the family.

After spending the day shopping and riding rides, you can walk across the street and enjoy a swim in the indoor pool or relax outside by the fire and watch the planes take off.

We so enjoyed our overnight at TownePlace Suites! Convenient location, amazing accommodations [including a free breakfast!] and the friendliest hotel staff. Thanks for a great overnight!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. TownePlace Suites invited our family to spend the night at their property in exchange for our honest review shared here. All opinions and photos are mine.

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