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Gather in the GreenSeam

Gather in the GreenSeam

When Mankato residents, visitors, businesses and organizations come together to celebrate the splendor of agriculture they “Gather in the GreenSeam”; a region in America’s heartland where agriculture is a catalyst for the fun experiences occurring year-round. This all-encompassing celebration includes all things agri-tourism related including, but is certainly not limited to, artisan winery and craft brewery tours and tastings, fall festivals, educational events, farm to table experiences and beyond.

The impact that agriculture has on industries beyond traditional farming production is exponential. New experiences have derived from the ‘fruits’ of conventional farming, creating even more demand in harvest-related activities.

Check out some of the ways in which we celebrate agriculture in the GreenSeam below. .

wine & brew

The rich soil of southern Minnesota has given our region a delicious opportunity to be destination for craft breweries an artisan wineries that attract visitors not only from all across Minnesota but also tourists from around the nation. 

sports & recreation​

Fishing in Greater Mankato

Did you know that fishing is considered an agricultural activity and is actually stored in our inherited genetic material? You can learn more about this historic connection in this informative article by Dr. Mike Rosmann, Thankfully, the Mankato area has a little bit of everything when it comes to fishing.

The Mankato area has a little bit of everything when it comes to fishing. From shore, boat, kayak or canoe, you can cast your line into the areas many rivers, lakes and ponds. Here you’ll find some of the best fishing available in the upper Midwest.

Mankato Hunting

Whether it’s for deer, turkey, pheasant and or waterfowl, Mankato is a great area for hunting. Within 20 miles of Mankato, there are more than 9,100 acres of public hunting ground. Just 15 minutes from Mankato is legendary Swan Lake. At more than 10,000 acres, it is considered North America’s largest prairie pothole. Its 70 miles of shoreline, along with many shallow bogs, points and islands, offer some of the best waterfowl hunting in the state. Learn more. 

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The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, features dynamic courses and determined runners. The courses are the perfect blend of Mankato’s scenic countryside, trails and historical urban landscape, highlighting the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. We love that this event happens during the harvest season so runners are taking in the sites of the harvest at work as they run through the countryside. With Mankato being in the hub of the GreenSeam, there is no escaping courses that highlight our fields of bounty. 

family adventures​

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is full of opportunities for discovery, development, and hands-on play. The Museum is many things: a mission, a place, and an organization — but it is entirely devoted to serving children, families, and the greater community. Come play in the indoor and outdoor exhibits and enjoy hands-on play for all ages.

Goofy Goat Farm

The Goofy Goat Farm is an interactive goat farm located just outside of Mankato in Madison Lake, Minnesota. The Goofy Goat Farm is Free for visitors and open whenever the goats are out. 

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Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm

Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm is located outside of Waseca, Minnesota. Pleasant Grove sits on 55 acres of prairie grassland, surrounded by beautiful oak trees and wildlife. They offer 10 main pizzas, 14″-16.” 10″ Gluten Free. You are invited to bring all of your picnic-style dining necessities to include seating, utensils, beverages, and your choice of dining surface while you take in the alluring views during dinner. Take a stroll along the nature trails through our natural prairie and oak-filled woods. No pets allowed.

Mankato Farmer’s Market

The Mankato Farmers Market has been in Mankato for over 40 years. Shopping at and supporting the farmers’ market circulates money within our community, helping to keep it strong. Local farmers and artisans at the market continue to help our community thrive by recirculating your wisely spent dollars. The main outdoor Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, May through the second Saturday in October. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Mankato Farmers’ Market is also open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The market is located at 1895 Adams Street in the Best Buy parking lot.

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Mankato has a strong local food scene where restaurants in the City Center and nearby neighborhoods serve everything from New York style pizza to creative burger creations and local craft beer.
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In Mankato, we know that recreation is a big part of any vacation. Whether you want to stay indoors or conquer the great outdoors, Mankato is your getaway destination in southern Minnesota!
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The impact that agriculture has on industries beyond traditional farming production is exponential. New experiences have derived from the ‘fruits’ of conventional farming, creating even more demand in harvest-related activities.