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!

Come visit us at the market!

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.  First day of market 2017

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.

baked goods 2016

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!