Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another road the Pizza Farm!

Hubby and I so enjoyed our one-day road trip last week that we decided to take another. My hubby suggested that we make it an early anniversary trip. He knew that I needed to get away so that I wouldn't turn into a worry-wart and think about all the changes in my life right I called it the "Don't let a little thing like a layoff get you down" trip.

We headed out in the morning and got off the busy freeway quickly...this road trip was all about taking it slow and relaxing'. And I love traveling country roads during the summer! 

We made a stop in Northfield, MN...a small, country/college town that has an artsy feel. I even visited an artist consignment shop and talked to them about featuring some of my art.

Then it was off to Red Wing where we checked into our favorite place to rest and get pampered--the Moondance Inn. It is a lovely victorian home turned into a B&B. We discovered it 3 years ago with a trip for our honeymoon. We've been back several times since. Definitely one of my happy places. 

After checking in and throwing our bags in the lovely Queen's Room, we jumped back in the car and headed out to our evening's destination--the Pizza Farm.

The Pizza Farm is located a few miles outside of Stockholm, WI.  Even if the pizza wasn't any good (and it is very good), just the scenic drive out to the farm would be worth it. I guess drives in the country remind me of my childhood, when we would pile into the car on a Sunday evening and go for a drive. Not with a plan to go anywhere, but just to drive and look at the countryside. 

I wonder if families do this any more?

I love seeing old white country churches like these. Again, memories of childhood.

The Pizza Farm doesn't advertise. They don't have a website. No fancy menus, just a chalkboard with a list of the evening pizzas. No tables, just a lawn with a few picnic tables. In fact, you have to bring your own paper plates, utensils, beverages and whatever side dishes you desire. 

The Pizza Farm only makes pizza...some mighty fine pizza. And only on Tuesdays. 4:30--??

We found out about the Pizza Farm during one of our many trips to Moondance. We made our first trip to the Pizza Farm last year for our anniversary. I've been dreaming of going back ever since. 

Most of the pizza ingredients are locally grown/produced...much of it right at the Pizza Farm. The pizzas are baked in the two outdoor brick ovens. This is what you get--

It's quite enjoyable eating your pizza on the lawn. Great people watching. Families, friends all meet up at the Pizza Farm. Folks bring tables, a whole spread of food,'s quite the gathering. I think the pizza is enough.

And once you're done eating pizza, you can stroll around the farm and work off a little of the pizza.

There are even friendly farm animals to visit. Oh, if you do google "Pizza Farm" you will find some reviews, from food critics and bloggers--all raving about the Pizza Farm. I found this cute Sesame Street-style video here.

After our overnight stay at Moondance, we headed back home--again on country roads. We were traveling those country roads, where in the middle of almost-nowhere we saw this:

Totally unexpected, we found a Buddhist temple. We just had to turn back and take some pics!

Thank you to my love for understanding that I needed this mini-vacation. I needed a week to just relax a little and let go. I needed to re-charge and get ready to take on life again. 

And so I plan on kickin' it this coming week. But that's a story for another day. 


aliceinparis said...

I wish we had a pizza farm around here:)
Hello! I am another Kelly Rae classmate. Just signed up today. I'm 55 and like the rest of us "older but hopefully wiser" gals, feel so much younger:) Really looking forward to this!
Cheers, Shelagh

soraya nulliah said...

Dear Risa-thanks for visiting my blog. Are you taking Kelly Rae's class? If so-how are you liking it? I love this pizza farm. I haven't seen anythink like it-amazing. I also love the lush green landscape. What a treat!