Update on our farm production

We are now in full swing at North Iowa Berries.  Our days are filled with weeding, harvesting, filling CSA shares, taking produce to farmers markets, and more weeding.  Did we mention weeding??!!  The thistles have been horrible this year due to all the rain,  but that comes with organic farming.  We are presently looking into switching over to the Back to Eden style of gardening to help eliminate the weeding and need for irrigation.  Everything will still be grown chemical free with organic practices.

Our strawberry season began a month early this year – May 26.  Our customers raved about how sweet and juicy the berries were this year.  We have now finished up the strawberries for a few weeks and are now focusing on raspberry picking and cherry picking as the blueberries continue to ripen.  (We expect our everbearing strawberries to start up again in July, so if you missed the first season, you can still get strawberries later on.)

Our CSA harvests are coming along nicely.  Folks have enjoyed getting kale, beets, berries, broccoli, cabbage, and other veggies in their weekly shares.  We’re excited to now see our peas and zucchini ripening!

Just a reminder that we are at two farmers markets this year.  The first market is in Mason City North Iowa Farmers Market at Fleet Farm on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-6 pm.  If you want to special order any items or have them held back for you, you must call between 9 am and 11 am to make sure that we are in to get your order.  Otherwise, we are already headed to market.  We are also at the Clear Lake Farmers Market at the Surf Ballroom on Saturdays between 9 am and noon.  Because the folks there love our produce, donuts, freshly made whole wheat breads, and berries so much, we sell out very quickly.  We also have our daughter’s lotions, soaps, and rugs at both markets, which customers love.  These items make great gifts also!  Janette is now taking special orders for both her soaps and the rugs, so feel free to call her if you have a specific size and color you want made.

 

Our CSA shares are full for 2015

We have been overwhelmed with the number of people here in North Iowa who want to purchase fresh produce from us on a weekly basis.  Thank you for your great response and trust in our produce!  While we want to serve as many of you as possible, we are now full and must say no to any new applications for CSA shares.  You can still purchase our produce at the North Iowa Farmers Market in Mason City (Fleet Farm – Tuesdays and Friday from 3-6 pm) and the Clear Lake Farmers Market at the Surf Ballroom on Saturdays from 9-12 pm.

Our days are now busy with planting new strawberry plants, weeding, and harvesting early greens.  The lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, cabbage, and broccoli are growing very quickly and will be ready very soon!  The pear trees and apple trees are blooming this week, so the bees are very busy as you can imagine!

If you are needing radishes, we now have them available for sale at $1.50 a bunch.  Feel free to give us a call at 641-423-0030 to schedule a time for you to come out to get some!

We also have 3 year old gogi berry plants available for $5 a plant.  These particular plants are already 5-6 feet tall and they make a good hedge with beautiful flowers in the early summer.  They DO NOT produce gogi berries but instead provide nutritious leaves full of antioxidants.  The leaves are great for vegetable soups and are good for drying to make tea.  We are moving these out so we can let our berry-producing plants grow with more space.  If you are interested in these, please call us and we’ll work out a time for you to get them.  You need to bring your own buckets to put them in for transport home.

Buy your produce from North Iowa Berries 3 different ways in 2015: CSA, Punch Cards, Farmers Market

101_0093CSA shares: For several years our customers have asked if we could make a way for weekly locally-grown produce to be delivered to a central location throughout the harvest season.  They want chemical-free fruits and vegetables which they know will be freshly picked and highly nutritious.  This year we can finally say “Yes” to their requests!  We are now offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares to folks in Northern Iowa through our farmNow is the time to purchase your shares since we only have a limited number of shares available for 2015.  We are accepting the regular forms of payments for shares along with EBT (food assistance SNAP cards) for those who want to have that choice.  Please click on the CSA link at the top of this page for more information.

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Punch Cards: 

Are you one who likes to choose your own food instead of getting a set amount of various vegetables each week?  Punch cards might be for you then!  When you purchase a punch card, you are contracting with us to raise your vegetables and fruits for you.  You can then choose which items you want at the farmers market or from our farm whenever you want during the spring, summer, and fall months. (Please give us 24 hours notice if buying directly from our farm since we are busy with our planting and harvesting.)

You can now purchase punch cards to be used at our booth when the North Iowa Farmers Market is in session or they can be used at our farm during the normal harvest season.  You may purchase the cards by phone at 641-423-0030 between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm if using a credit card. (We cannot accept EBT cards at this time for the punch card option.)  If you prefer to pay with check, please mail it and your mailing address to North Iowa Berries and More, 19343 C 220th Street, Mason City, IA 50401.  We will then mail you the punch cards once your check has cleared.  For more information, click on the Punch Card link at the top of this page.

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Farmers Market:

We will again be at the North Iowa Farmers Market in Mason City on Tuesdays and Fridays from the middle of May through October.  Just look for the green tents with the “North Iowa Berries” sign.  Be prepared to find a vast display of various fruits, vegetables, jams, and baked goods on our tables.  Our produce is freshly picked and is grown with chemical free, organic practices.  Prices are comparable or even lower than those found in our local grocery stores.  Why buy produce that has sat on the shelf for days when you can have freshly picked produce from our local farm? Discover the difference in taste and nutrition for yourself!

If you desire to buy a large amount of certain fruits or vegetables, please make sure you call us in advance of the market so that we have enough for you to purchase.  You can reach us at 641-423-0030.  Please ask for Jesse, Becky, Jennifer, or Janette when making special orders.

We will be accepting WIC, EBT, credit cards, checks, and cash at the market.

Our daughter, Janette, will also be at market with her special paba-free and sulfate-free lotions, soaps, sugar scrubs, and lip balms.  Customers love her natural products.  She also makes rugs of various colors and dimensions which our customers clamor for.  Be sure to stop by her tent which is next to ours with “A Daughter’s Handiwork” sign.