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!

The 2016 growing season is quickly approaching!

The seeds have been ordered, the high tunnel has been cleared out, CSA applications are now ready online, and we are almost ready to begin our new little seedlings for the 2016 growing season!  It seems like we just cleared out the fields from 2015, but when we look out the window, we can see the fields and blueberry plants are enjoying the rest and chill time needed for proper growing in the next year.

Now is the time to begin ordering your CSA shares for the next season.  We are only going to be doing a limited number of them this year, so do not wait too long to get your application and payment in.

This year we will have a smaller crop of strawberries most likely.  However, it looks like we’ll have a nice large crop of blueberries, aronia berries, raspberries, pears, and apples. The peach trees appear to have quite a few buds too!  We also plan to increase our kale, beets, radishes, spinach, green beans, tomatoes, and snow peas this year due to the increased demand.

Once we get some cute little seedlings up and growing, we’ll pass on some pictures for you to enjoy.  Until then – enjoy this Iowa winter!!IMG_7084