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  • Updated: June 24, 2013 - 4:51 PM
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A to Z Produce and Bakery in Stockholm, Wis.

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As the area’s original pizza farm, A to Z Produce and Bakery has got the system down pat. It’s a truly enchanting setting (with a strict bring-your-own-everything rule book), and the two busy ovens crank out an ever-changing roster of distinctive pizzas, all topped with hyper-seasonal ingredients. It’s the ultimate farm-to-table experience, except that diners provide their own tables or picnic blankets. Plan to wait, as the Bannen-Fisher farmstead is justifiably popular. Drive from St. Paul: about 90 minutes. Open 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

N2956 Anker Lane, Stockholm, Wis. • www.atozproduceandbakery.com

 

It’s all about the picturesque setting at the Stone Barn — even the drive off Hwy. 35 is a stunner — where an outdoor dining room is nestled inside the century-old foundations of a former barn. It’s no longer a working farm, but the flatbread-style pizzas boast house-made sausages and herbs grown on the premises, and there’s beer and wine, plus ice cream. Drive from St. Paul: about an hour and 45 minutes. Open 5 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

S685 County Rd. KK, Nelson, Wis. • 1-715-673-4478 • www.nelsonstonebarn.com

At Suncrest Gardens Farm, owner Heather Secrist fires up her wood-burning oven and turns out a half-dozen 16-inch pizzas. Beer and soft drinks (and free well water) are also on the menu, and the vegetable farm is a kid-friendly environment. On your way out, pick up some eggs, or one of Secrist’s baked goodies. Drive from St. Paul: about two hours. Open 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

S2257 Yaeger Valley Rd., Cochrane, Wis. • 1-608-626-2122 • www.suncrestgardensfarm.com

RICK NELSON

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