Minnesota Pizza Farmer Says Yes to Girlfriend’s Business Proposal

Bill Bartz had about 20 ideas of what to do with his beautiful Minnesota property covered in trails and woods. But his girlfriend, Emily Knudsen, came up with the clear winner: a pizza farm.

The Waseca County News reports Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm opened Aug. 20 as a bring-your-own-table, take-away-your-own-garbage pastoral pizzeria.

“My land is special because it’s not all just ag, but it’s more nature,” says Bartz, who rejected his girlfriend’s pizza proposal  at first, before checking out A to Z Produce, a pizza farm in Stockholm, Wisconsin.

“Some call it the mothership of pizza farms. I wasn’t there for an hour before I said yes to the idea.”

Pleasant Grove customers are asked to bring their own drinks and appetizers. In return, they’re treated to farm-made pizza in a park-like family setting. Live music on an outdoor stage adds to the picnic ambiance. The pizza farm is open on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons and evenings. 

Read more about Minnesota’s farm-raised pizza craze.