Fresh trend: Pizza farms have become a Midwestern ritual

A growing phenomenon in the Midwest combines two American icon: farms and pizza.

CNN.com reports small family-run farms along the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin are creating home-grown pizzas and inviting diners to join them in the country for the freshest pies on the market. Dining at what's become known as pizza farms is described as a summertime ritual. A couple of nights a week, diners show up with their own plates, blankets, lawn chairs and a healthy appetite. For their efforts the pizza farm revelers are treated to pies built on crust made from grains cultivated in local fields, and topped with organic meats, veggies, cheeses and herbs — all at a fair price with ingredients produced right there on the farm.

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