What’s at market now???

Yes, we know it’s been a strange growing year and everything is later than usual!  However, you will be surprised to know that there is a lot of delicious, homegrown produce available at our markets right now.  Cucumbers, tomatoes, aronia berries, raspberries, onions, squash, pumpkins, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, microgreens, delicious baked goods, and more dot our tables.  Our produce is selling very quickly right at 4 pm at the North Iowa Farmers Market in Mason City, so we advise you to order ahead or be there early for the best picks.

Our aronia berries will be finished this weekend, but raspberries are just starting to ripen.  We are looking forward to a slow, but steady crop of them this year.

A huge thank you goes to all our customers for your healthy support of our baked goods and jam.  I have made more blueberry, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, and triple berry jam these last 3 weeks than I have at any other time in my life!  We have also added pear jam and spiced jam to our collection now that the pears have been picked.  Apple butter will hopefully come soon!

We look forward to seeing you at market this fall and we thank you for all your support!  It has been a joy working with all of you as we produce healthy, fresh food for North Iowa!

Microgreens are here!

We survived the VERY LONG winter and now we are quickly preparing for the North Iowa Farmers Market and the Clear Lake Farmers Market.

The North Iowa Farmers Market begins on Friday, May 18.  Hours are 4 – 6:30 pm.

The Clear Lake Farmers Market begins on Saturday, May 19.  Hours are 9-12 pm.

We are adding more varieties of microgreens on this year and they are absolutely delicious.  Because of the lack of greens in the store right now, we increased our production and are loving all the wonderful microgreen flavors of broccoli, sunflower microgreens, red cabbage, kale, peas, and more. Add some fresh radishes from the high tunnel and even our little ones beg for more salad!  Be sure to come find us at the market for some fresh samples!  If you can’t wait that long, we don’t blame you.  Feel free to call us at 641-423-0030 and see what we have harvested for that day!

Microgreens are different than sprouts.  They are allowed to grow for 7-10 days in dirt, which allows the stems and beginning leaves to form, permitting the chlorophyll to form.  These young edible seedlings are then harvested at the cotyledon leaf stage which allows for a denser nutrient density than their counterparts. Each type of microgreen has its own distinct vegetable flavor.  We personally love the nutty flavor of sunflower microgreens, the spiciness of radishes, the dark rich flavor of kale, and the sweet, but distinct taste of the broccoli microgreens.

Which ones are the most nutritious??  Broccoli, kale, and red radish microgreens are touted as the best anti-cancer agents, but other microgreens also give you a powerhouse of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and other important antioxidants.  Studies are showing microgreens to be much higher in vitamins and minerals than the vegetables they produce!  Folks love to use our microgreens in smoothies, green drinks, salads, stir-fries, wraps, sandwiches, and much more.  Give them a try for yourself!

Pictured here are our kale microgreens.  They are brimming with abundant amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  Don’t be afraid to try all the different varieties we offer at market in order to get a full array of the antioxidants your body desperately needs.

Aronia Berries are Here!

IMG_9541The 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 gIMG_9522et creative with them as you cook each day!