The summer is fleeting quickly and we are now full force into the aronia berry picking season. Our berries are big and beautiful this year with the bushes loaded with up to 10 pounds of berries per plant. Not bad for 4 year old plants!
If you are wanting to buy aronia berries in bulk, this is the week! We are selling them for $8 a pound. Remember, these are chemical free and grown with organic practices.
You may also buy the berries at the North Iowa Farmers Market in Mason City (Tues. and Fri. from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and the Clear Lake Farmers Market (Sat. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.). 1/2 pints are $3.00, pints are $6.00, and quarts are $12.00.
Our customers love aronia berries because of their health benefits. They are very high in antioxidants, which is a huge plus when building up one’s immune system. Google in “aronia berries” and see for yourself all the benefits!
Sometimes we are asked how to use aronia berries. Our family personally uses them on a regular basis in smoothies, pancakes, muffins, and breads. They are also excellent in salsa, jam, jelly, and syrup. I consider aronia berries to be an extra shot of vitamins for our children, so I sneak them in many of the foods they eat so that they get the health benefits each and every day. Check out our recipe page and get creative with them as you cook each day!
We are excited to be up and running again for the 2017 season! Currently we are harvesting asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, lettuce, pac choi, and radishes. They are very quickly selling out.
This year we are at two markets. The Clear Lake Farmers Market is at the Surf Ballroom parking lot on Saturdays from 9-12 p.m. We are also at the North Iowa Farmers Market in our new Mason City location at the corner of Delaware and 1st Street NE every Tuesday and Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. Look for our bright green tents in the parking lot across from the 1st Congregational Church. Cooking demonstrations, live music, and children’s activities are all being planned for this year’s market.
Because of some changes in our family, we have decreased some of our vegetables and strawberries, but we have increased our blueberries, aronia berries, jam, and baked goods. Many of you have asked if we deliver in Mason City. The answer is YES. We deliver orders over $15. However, please be advised that we now regretfully need to charge a $5 delivery charge due to the rising cost of fuel and vehicle expenses. Feel free to call us at 641-423-0030 to make your order between 9 and 5 p.m. Also, please call 48 hours in advance for each order you place. We are very busy in our fields this time of year, so just leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
While most people are enduring the ice and snow that keep impacting us in North Iowa, we are eagerly preparing for the next growing season. Seeds have been ordered, blueberry plants have been pruned, and the high tunnel is being cleared for the next spring growing season! We have decided to plant most of your favorite tomatoes, vegetables, and fruit again, but we will be cutting back on the Asian vegetables and strawberries. Yes, we’ll have some, just not as much as previous years. Be watching for more greens, blueberries, and aronia berries this next market season! In the meantime, you can still order baked goods and jam from us. We’ll be glad to deliver them to you in Mason City if the orders are over $15.
While we will not have CSA shares available this year, we WILL have market shares available. Be watching for more details about this. You will have the opportunity to pre-pay for your North Iowa Berries produce, baked goods, and jam for a discounted price.
In the meantime, here are a few pictures of last year’s produce – just to remind you how wonderful fresh, chemical-free produce is!