I’m in the process of packing a picnic for the kitchen partner and I today. We’re off to see The Wizard at Como Park Pavilion at 7 p.m. The City of St. Paul’s Music in the Park program always has a good outdoor community theater production and dinner at the edge of Lake Como is a nice way to end the week. I’ve packed a caprese salad for the picnic with gorgeous slices of fresh, local mozzarella, and basil from our garden. Â Also a nice way to end the week.
Fresh mozzarella, creamy and hand-stretched is an essential part of summertime. Sliced on a grilled burger, cubed in cold pasta salad, or with a slice of tomato straight from the garden. Just about every food blogger has a favorite dish to make with it.
Here’s my salad and where to find local mozzarella this summer:
I’ve often made mozzarella from scratch with a gallon of Minnesota milk and this Mozzarella cheese making kit. With 30 minutes of time and a bit of patience, one can make the perfect ball of mozzarella. No joke. Anyone can do it. And then you can tell all your friends you have a new talent.
Located in Edina, MN Mozza Mia is a pizza and mozzarella bar that makes their own cheese daily. The offer it up on pizza, pasta, or as the main character from the bar. Â What about hand-rolled, stuffed mozzarella balls is there not to love? Delicious.
Prairie Hollow Farm
Located in Elgin, MN roughly 80 miles south of St. Paul, Prairie Hollow Farm operates an organic dairy farm and CSA. Their milk is used in hand-pulled mozzarella which is available each weekend at the Mill City Farmers’ Market. Grab their fresh vegetables from the farm while you visit!
Crave Cheese Brothers
Located just outside the 250 mile locavore definition, Crave Cheese Brothers offers a fresh mozzarella in 8 oz. balls as well as bocconcini, those cute small mouthfuls of cheese I can eat by the container-full. Crave mozzarella is available at Mississippi Market co-ops, Lund’s and Byerly’s, and Kowalski’s locations in the Metro.