Our Farmers

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.

Almalund, MN

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

Michelle Fryc

Stark, MN

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

Scandia, MN

 

Bone Lake Meadows Apiary is located in the open, rural spaces of Washington County, Minnesota. Our apiary aims towards sustainable beekeeping. Back in Mike’s Master Gardening days at the University of Minnesota, he received a colony of bees as a gift from his family. What started out as an addition to the garden for pollination became a passion in no time. Since 2001, Bone Lake Meadows has had hives in various locations along the St. Croix River Valley. As beekeepers it’s our job to set up our bees to succeed. We do this by placing our bees on organically farmed land, orchards, garden plots and CSA farms.
 
All of our honey is completely raw and unadulterated. It is never heated and only filtered one time to remove large chunks of wax. With this process you can both taste and see the difference.  After harvesting, we use our own beeswax to make hand-poured candles and natural lotions and lip balms. 

Cherry Tree House Mushroom Farm

Jeremy McAdams

Clayton, WI

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

Stark, MN

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

Cambridge, MN

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 Harder-Chapman

Cambridge, MN

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.

Garden Magic

John Ice & Gabrielle Chambliss

Isanti, MN

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

Kelsey Love

Almalund, MN

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

Harris, MN

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!

Naples Acres

Belinda Olson

Braham, MN

 

Nelson Grass Farm

Ryan and Desiree Nelson

Ogilvie, MN

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. 

Rita's Gardens

Rita Kennedy

Hinckley, MN

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

Shoua Lee

Isanti, MN

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.

Sunnyside Farm

DeeDee LeMier

Grasston, MN

 

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's Timber

Tim & Maureen Harder

Hugo, MN

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.

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