Make your commitment to our small local farms! Making a prepayment you can help secure the future success for our farmers.
You will have a credit account to spend down throughout the season on your favorite farmers market goods.
The goods of the North Circle Online Farmers Market are lovingly grown and crafted using organic techniques in the East Central Region of Minnesota.
Read on to meet our farmers.
Amador Hill Farm and Orchard (WEI)
Jacquelyn Zita, et al.
The Women’s Environmental institute runs an organically certified demonstration and education farm. In 2006, 2 years after Women’s Environmental Institute was started, we took over the neighboring farm land on Amador Hill in North Branch in an effort to connect our environmental justice work with agricultural justice. The methods we use are based on organic farming best practices and Growing Power methods. We’ve spent the last 9 years working to restore the soil quality through cover cropping and rotation and we currently grow over 150 varieties of vegetables and fruit.
We are committed to our local community and small local farms and have worked hard on the creation of the North Circle Food Hub to bring organic and sustainably grown produce and animals to our friends and neighbors.
Beulah Land Farm
Our family farm has been in the family for over 50 years. It is a beautiful and serene place to live and grow a family and food for ourselves and our community. We offer eggs, produce and multigrain bread from freshly ground flours. Our favorite vegetable to grow is celery. The taste is so fresh and crisp. Additionally, its leaves are a wonderful addition to a salad, sandwich or soup. If you haven't had our celery, you don't know what real celery tastes like!
Bone Lake Meadows Apiary
Mike and Cathy Mackiewicz
Cherry Tree House Mushroom Farm
Cherry Tree House Mushrooms is a farm northeast of the Twin Cities that provides log-grown shiitake and other culinary and medicinal mushrooms and mushroom products to markets, restaurants, vegetable CSAs, and stores in the Twin Cities and the upper midwest.
Evermore Forest Farm
Tacy and Chuck Call
Chuck and his family grew up in Harris, and it was a dream come true for us to be able to purchase a farm just down the road from where he spent his childhood. After having been city bound for seven years, the country is a peaceful haven to us, and we are excited to raise our four children here and connect with this community.
We are new to farming and have been learning so much through the connections made with the North Circle Food Hub and Women’s Environmental Institute! We want to grow food, for people to eat, that is delicious and healthy for them. Pretty simple really. We believe in chemical free farming, and using forest farming methods where trees play an integral part in the food system.
Ferris Family Farm
Jessica, Jon, Rob, Carol and Ellie Ferris
The Ferris Family Farm is a 40-acre multi-generational family farm located between Princeton and Cambridge, Minnesota. We raise laying hens, chickens, and pigs using organic farming standards. We use no antibiotics and no steroids.
We feed our animals wholesome, natural feed without soy, no corn, no animal byproducts, and no GMO’s. We believe animals that are treated well and fed well, pastured and raised in the sunshine will be happier and healthier. In turn they will provide meat that is healthier for us and has superior flavor and texture.
We invite you to join us in our venture to feed our bodies with high-quality foods.
For the Love of Dandelions
Marisa is an herbalist who has been growing and wildcrafting culinary and medicinal herbs and using them to create herbal products for the past 10+ years. You'll find her fresh herbs and handcrafted soap at the North Circle Online Farmers Market.
John Ice & Gabrielle Chambliss
Garden Magic is a family of farmers and crew located in Isanti, MN. Farmer John stewards the land, and has for 30 years. In this time, the soil has been enriched with organic matter, minerals, micro-life supplements and love. We value working in cooperation with nature, and people. Together we grow.
And, Farmer John loves to grow things! His greatest fascination right now is organic regenerative farming techniques, and implementing ideas around extending the grow season in Minnesota. Last year, he started laying certified organic paper mulch with our cucumbers and tomatoes, and we mulched our perennials with wood-chips. This year, we are going to further expand with hay, more wood-chips and a 40 foot tunnel.
Garden Magic is excited to be a part of the North Circle Online Farmers Market because we believe it is important to know our neighbors, and foster community. The food hub gives us an opportunity to work alongside other farmers, and get our nutrient-rich food to more local folks.
To learn more about our CSA & farm events, please visit: www.gardenmagic.us – In goodness & health! Farmers John & Gabrielle
Heirloomista is a woman owned and run business. The farm was born from the curiosity of how and why food comes to be. Naturally, it started with a seed and a few years later Kelsey was in business. With her background in biodynamic farming and horticulture, she uses both biodynamic and organic principles on her 5 acre farm. Producing beautiful, high vitality, high quality food is what she does. Her specialty is heirloom tomatoes but she grows a diverse spread of herbs, vegetables and flowers. Kelsey loves pollinators, seed saving and making value added products with what her farm yields. She is new to the food hub this year and looking forward to her first season as a hub farmer.
Love thy Neighbor Farm
Joe and Mari Peterson
We are a small, family-owned farm. At Love Thy Neighbor Farm we believe in our slogan, “healthy planet, healthy people’, that is why we are eco- friendly and chemical free growers since 2010. We grow berries and have a wide range of vegetables. We offer free range poultry and eggs too. We welcome visitors to our place, come see us sometime!
Before we got married we talked about farming! Neither of us had any previous experience but we both like the idea of working the land. We bought a small property of almost 5 acres and started to grow vegetables. We believe in taking care of the environment and the land. We believe in sustainable ways of farming and it is a wonderful satisfaction to provide the best we can to our customers and to think that we are contributing to their wellbeing. Mari is from Mexico and Joe is from Saint Paul; no kids but lots of chickens and chores!! We do enjoy farming and we have an open farm policy, come when you want!
Nelson Grass Farm
Ryan and Desiree Nelson
We started farming our own farm in 2012, 76 acres of open pastures, woods and lowlands. We farm from the soil up. What does that mean? We take great pride in regenerating our soil to grow nutritious food for our animals. Our meat and egg products are then nutrient dense as well. How do we do this? We raise chickens, laying hens, turkeys, pigs and rabbits on pasture during Minnesota’s growing season. We rotate our animals in temporary electric fence and/or in movable shelters out on pasture. Our broiler chickens are moved every day to fresh pasture, our hens are moved twice a week to fresh pasture. We feed transitional organic, no soy feed to our omnivores that is freshly ground at a local feed mill before being delivered to our farm. As our animals move around the farm, they are fertilizing our soils and life on the farm continues to diversify. This year we will have eggs, whole and pieced out chickens and possibly whole or pieced rabbit available. Our laying hens are AWA certified, Animal Welfare Approved, and we are audited annually.
I have been specializing in cut flowers for over 20 years. My vegetables and flowers are organically grown. I enjoy experimenting with new varieties to find the most beautiful flowers with longest vase life.
Shoua Lee's Garden
We are a second Hmong American generation farm in rural Isanti, MN. Always herbacide and pesticide free. We practice sustainable agriculture to grow healthy foods. Our garden grows a varity of fruits and vegetables, from your potatoes, tomatoes, and beans to bitter melon, Asian greens, and squash tips. Did you know squash tips are edible? Expand your tastebuds.
Sunrise Flour Mill
Marty and Darrold Glanville
North Branch, MN
Sunrise Flour Mill is a small mill specializing in organic heritage wheat & other grain products. Heritage wheat usually is digestible in people with gluten intolerance.
Tim & Maureen Harder
Tim's Timber began 20 years ago as a portable sawmill operation, and add a sugar shack to cook down maple sap shortly thereafter. We sustainably tap over 500 trees on our 75 acres and use only natural cleansers and defoamers in our cooking and cleaning processes.
What is North Circle?
North Circle is an online farmers market made up of about 20 organic, small family farms from East Central Minnesota and the surrounding areas.
What are your prices?
Our prices are set by our famers and are reflective of local farmers market prices. You can see specific prices by looking at the availbility list each week (June - October). There are no additional fees to customers.
What do you sell on the North Circle Online Farmers Market?
Offerings vary from week to week based on what is in season. Throughout the year, you'll find a wide variety of vegetables, fruit - including apples and berries, meat, bread, flour, berries, mushrooms, herbs, flowers, maple syrup and honey and pantry goods such as handcrafted soap and lipbalm. Please visit our online portal to see what is offered on a given week.
Why was I charged a different amount than was on my invoice?
The invoice you receive upon checking out is preliminary. A few things can happen to change that total:
- Meat is charged by the pound. While the listing gives an approximate weight, we weigh each cut as we pack boxes and then enter this weight into your final invoice (which can be found here).
- Very occasionally we'll need to refund you for a given item because Mother Nature unexpectedly intervened and it was no longer available to include with the rest of your order.
How do I pay for my goods?
If you've ever ordered anything online, you'll find that the process for ordering through North Circle Online Farmers Market is similar. After you've chosen everything you'd like to order, you'll check out. Most people pay via credit or debit card while checking out. If so, the chage will show up on your statement as being from FarmersWeb (our online commerce portal).
You can prepay for the season by becoming a superbuyer. This helps our farmers know they will have some stability throughout the season and it helps you to establish the habit of ordering regularly.
If you want to pay by cash, check or EBT, callbefore placing your order.
How do I pick up my order?
As you check out, you'll choose a dropsite (listed below) from which you'll pick up your order. It will be available for you to pick up on Friday from 2pm-close.
WEI FARM-Amador Hill Farm and Orchard
Peterson’s North Branch Mill
City Center Market
The Nesting Grounds
Is there a minimum order?
The minimum order for 2018 is $15.
Who can I contact if I need more help?
Is your produce organic?
All of our farmers have agreed to our farmers pledge, in which they agree to adhere to organically certified methods (whether certified or not) and excludes the use of non-organic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Excludes genetically modified organisms (GMO), or sludge.
The NORTH CIRCLE PROJECT was created and supported by the Women's Environmental Institute (a 501(c(3) Chisago County Charity organization) to promote the health and integrity of our rural communities and to address and eliminate rural poverty by supporting small family farms through collaborative sustainable agricultural practices.
Help us build a regional food system. By donating to The Women's Environmental Institute, sponsor of the North Circle Food Hub. Designate your donation to the North Circle Food Hub. Donations will be used support the administration of the North Circle Food Hub, and provide farmer education, community health education, and North Circle outreach.