Axdahl's Garden Farm & Greenhouse is owned and operated by Brian and Leslie Axdahl, and located in the fertile St. Croix Valley of Stillwater, Minn. Axdahl's is licensed by Minnesota Grown and certified by Food Alliance Midwest, which means Axdahl’s has met standards for conserving and protecting natural resources, reducing or eliminating pesticides, and providing safe and fair working conditions for employees. Axdahl's is home of the best sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, pumpkins, and other fresh vegetables, as well as a place to shop for annuals, hanging baskets, and instant color gardens.
Big River Farm CSA is a project of the MN Food Association, operating in tandem with an immigrant and minority farmer training program. Their mission is to provide farmers with skills and knowledge to operate their own viable organic and sustainable vegetable farms, while providing fresh produce to local consumers by the farmers-in-training. Since 2008, Big River Farms has been certified organic, and the farmers in their training program come from all over the world. As such, there are often many unique ethnic crops growing in Big River's fields, such as bok choi, lemon grass, and mustard greens.
Blackberry Community Farm is a 30-acre family farm, 20 miles north of Menomonie, Wis. It consists of a mixed orchard; flower, herb & vegetable gardens; a honey bee yard; berry patches; beautiful rolling hills; and woods with abundant wildlife. This is Blackberry's 23rd season of sustainable farming and 18th season as a CSA farm.
Burning River Farm is located in Frederic, Wis. They grow 40-50 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruit for CSA members and farmers markets. Burning River Farm's goal is to provide members, customers and friends with clean, delicious food and to support the strengthening of local food networks.
Dawn 2 Dusk is a certified organic CSA farm serving St. Croix Falls and Osceola, Wis., area, as well as Stillwater, Minn., and the Twin Cities. Farmers Moses and Ronah strive to practice a sustainable approach to farming, which promotes a fair way of sharing the Earth's bounties with everyone. Dawn 2 Dusk sees its customers as partners. They also believe organic farming requires thinking about the land we all use and share, seeing the microscopic living things in the soil.
Driftless Organics What began as a quarter acre field of potatoes on their parents’ organic dairy farm a quarter century ago, Josh and Noah Engel and Mike Lind have expanded to over 100 acres of vegetables, fruits, small grains and sunflowers. In addition to their CSA, Driftless sells their produce at the farm, to the Viroqua Food and Peoples Food Co-ops in Wisconsin, at farmers’ markets and restaurants in Madison, and to Twin Cities co-ops.
Earth Dance Farm has ten acres in vegetable and fruit production, 12 acres in hay, a few in oats, 35 in woods and 15 in pasture. Their chickens, horses, and the neighbor’s cows graze the rolling hills. No synthetic chemicals or fertilizers are used in growing the crops; instead Earth Dance Farm relies on compost, green manures, and organic fertilizers to supplement the soil. Owners Norm and Laurie were both raised with the philosophy that the land is a gift to be cared for and nourished before it is passed on to the next steward.
Fazenda Boa Terra is an urban edge farm located in southern Dakota County, in the Northfield area. They grow over 110 varieties of certified organic produce and pastured poultry and incorporate biodymanic methods. CSA shares are delivered to Twin Cities and south metro locations for 20 weeks, June through October. CSA members can take advantage of Fazenda Boa Terra's community partnerships by purchasing a cut-flower and herb add-on from Humble Pie Farm and enrolling their children in the agricultural education program put on by Budding Farmers.
Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables, located in the scenic bluffs of southeast MN, has been certified organic since 1997 and has operated a successful CSA program for fifteen years. In recent years, field crops have been divided into two distinct management groups - those for wholesale/commercial plantings, and other crops planted specifically for the CSA. Farmer Jack Hedin believes this produces an even better and more consistent supply of seasonal produce for CSA shareholders.
Gardens of Eagan Plants + Produce Think outside the traditional CSA box with Gardens of Eagan's Farmers' Market CSA Card. Great for those who want to support a local, organic farm and make a connection to where their food is grown, but who want more choice in products. Purchasing the Farmers' Market CSA Card for $50 provides $55 worth of produce when shopping at the Fulton Neighborhood Farmers' Market on Saturdays, or the Linden Hills Farmers' Market on Sundays. Present the card when shopping, and purchases are tracked until the value is used. At the Gardens of Eagan stand, you'll find hot season favorites like melons, tomatoes and corn, plus kale all the time.
Growing Lots Urban Farm's mission is to create an economically viable series of urban micro-farms, using under-utilized and non-traditional pieces of land (i.e. a parking lot!), and transforming them into verdant and bountiful growing spaces that feed & nourish the surrounding community. Growing Lots is located on the western border of the Seward neighborhood, nearby Coastal Seafoods.
Harmony Valley Farm out of Viroqua, Wis. supplies over 1,500 families with certified organic, high quality, seasonal produce from May through January. Their crops encompass a wide variety of standard and specialty vegetables and berries, and they are best known for high quality salad mix, saute greens and spinach.
Humble Pie Farm grows beautiful flowers and herbs using organic methods on land that is transitioning to organic in 2014. The farmers believe in the power of organic, local agriculture to build and strengthen communities, and that following the natural patterns of the earth teaches us how to evolve for the better. In 2013, Humble Pie will offer a CSA flower bouquet and herb share add-on to Fazenda Boa Terra (see above) shareholders.
La Finca (Spanish for "the farm") is a 40-acre farm 100 miles north of the Twin Cities and 50 miles south of Duluth. Their land is a mix of fields, forest and wetlands. There, Charlie and Tzeitel Kersey grow seven acres of certified organic vegetables and raise chickens on pasture in portable hoophouses.
Lacey "J" Ranch is a family-owned and operated farm using natural and sustainable practices to grow over 120 varieties of vegetables. Their main farm is located just north of Zimmerman, Minn. and produce is also raised in beautiful peat soil nine miles south of their home. By duplicating crops at two different locations and soil types, they try to reduce exposure to local weather disturbances or other catastrophic events and help ensure that CSA members receive a bountiful harvest.
Mhonpaj's Garden is the first certified organic Hmong-owned CSA and works to educate the community on local foods and Hmong herbs and vegetables. Mhonpaj promotes healthy lifestyles using the Hmong model that healthy foods create a healthy spirit. Mhonpaj's Garden not only sells produce, but also strives for quality, service, health, and connection to make their customers family.
Page & Flowers At Page & Flowers, produce and herbs are grown sustainably in three Twin Cities area locations: on a half acre of certified organic land in North Branch; a half acre in the North End neighborhood of St. Paul (including a hoop house); and at a high tunnel demonstration and education center in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood. Tim Page and Cherry Flowers have been working in urban agriculture for a combined total of over 13 years, and started the business in early 2011. They work with youth, schools, communities, adjudicated youth,and individuals to encourage growing one's own food for consumption and profit.
Ploughshare Farm is a certified organic farm located 18 miles north of Alexandria, Minn. They grow a wide variety of organic vegetables and some fruits on 160 acres of fertile soil bordering the Chippewa River in central Minnesota. Ploughshare is family-owned and operated by a family of six (with four boys under the age of fifteen). They have been farming since 1998 and have operated their CSA program since 2002.
Savory Spring Farms is a harmonious group of family farms nestled in organic valleys surrounded by the serene and scenic hills of southwestern Wisconsin. The soil is pure, sustainably cared for and gently nourished by natural springs. Savory Spring Farms offers over 100 seasonal varieties of certified organic produce, from heirloom tomatoes to morel mushrooms, herbs, melons, berries and grapes. Because there are a number of member farms in this community, there is minimal risk of an individual crop problem or failure.
Simple Provisions, located in Stillwater, Minn., offers a tasteful assortment of seasonal vegetables and berries, herbs and flowers from their own market garden. They use organic and biodynamic farming principles and prefer to use open-pollinated (non hybrid) seeds.
Sleepy Root Farm began in 2011 on lovely acreage an hour west of the Twin Cities. It has since grown from a 15 to a 45 member CSA and now services restaurants in the Twin Cities. This year brings a lot of changes for the farm. The operation is picking up and moving to Amery, Wis., to expand in size and collaborate with other farms in the area. Additionally, one of the founding farmers is currently studying perennial farming systems, woodworking and building.
Stone's Throw Urban Farm is redefining local, sustainable food in the Twin Cities. The farmers convert vacant lots in St. Paul and Minneapolis into beautiful, productive micro-farms and grow food for a CSA, farmers' markets and local wholesale accounts. Stone's Throw is rooted in the city, and its owners are passionate about growing food for the community, as well as making a living doing the hard, honest, sweaty, joyful work of farming.
Sweet Beet Farm's produce is all grown on the Neaton family farm, by Nick and Amelia, the fifth generation of farmers in their family. Sweet Beet is primarily a vegetable farm but they tend beehives and raise egg chickens as a healthy distraction. Their produce, honey and eggs are marketed to local families, schools, and chefs. Sweet Beet uses exclusively organic methods and is scheduled for USDA organic certification in 2014.
Sylvan Hills Larry and Jackie have run Sylvan Hills Farm since 2000. Their farm was certified-organic in 2003. They are proponents of nutritional, vine-ripened produce and fair labor. Located in Menomonie, Wis., their weekly CSA includes fresh, locally grown, certified organic produce that will amply feed a family.
Tangletown Gardens operates a garden center in addition to their CSA, at the corner of Nicollet Avenue & 54th Street in Minneapolis. There, owners Dean Engelmann and Scott Endres provide custom potting, planting, garden layout services. All produce for their CSA is grown on a 40-acre farm and green house facility in Plato, Minn.
Treasured Haven Farm, near Rush City, Minn., offers multiple share sizes and options for households of all sizes and tastes. All vegetables are naturally grown in the buffered gardens located in the center of their 450-acre farm. Treasured Haven also offers fruit shares, eggs, meat and fall harvest shares.
Untiedt's Vegetable Farm was founded in 1971 by Sue and Jerry Untiedt, and is located near Waverly, Minn. The original 40-acre farmstead serves as a homebase to this medium-sized family-farm enterprise using sustainable farming practices to produce high quality plants and vegetables. Untiedt’s has grown to be identified by the red and yellow vegetable stand canopies labeled "We Grow For You!"
Webster Farm Organic "Salad Days" Established in 1980, Webster Farm is an 80-acre farm in Granite Ledge Township, Minn. They have seven acres in vegetable production plus multiple greenhouses and high tunnels. Webster Farm has developed an advanced biological system of multi-garden plantings of over 450 flavorful heirloom vegetables and herbs, gathered from many cultures. 2013 is their 16th year of their CSA program, Salad Days.
Women's Environmental Institute (WEI) is a non-profit environmental and agricultural justice organization. Their farm and farm campus are located on Amador Hill, 65 miles north of the Twin Cities. WEI is the Growing Power regional outreach training center for Minnesota, and they are committed to teaching and promoting organic and sustainable agriculture in relationship to environmental and social justice.
Wozupi grows vegetables, eggs, honey, maple and in the future, fruit from an orchard, for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake, Minn. In addition to a CSA, aiming for 100 members in 2013, Wozupi also offers their products through a local farmstand in the south metro.