• Summer red raspberry picking came to a halt!

    It brings us great displeasure to tell you we need to cease all summer raspberry picking for this year because:
    In 2012, an Asian pest made it to Minnesota from California. The Drosophila Fruit Fly wreaks havoc on soft skinned fruit like raspberries, strawberries, grapes and cherries. Last year it was found in some of our later raspberries so we took steps to try to prevent a repeat problem by trying to trap them before they caused a lot of damage.
    It didn’t work and we must stop raspberry picking right at the peak production.
    With help from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, we are trying to find a way to keep them out of the fall bearing fruit we raise.
    We ask your patience until the fall fruits ripen. In the mean time, come to the Farmer’s Markets for our veggie produce: lettuce, tomatoes (can order bushels for canning also), cherry tomatoes, kohlrabi, Daikon radishes, broccoli, green beans (also by the bushel for canning), snap peas, garlic, cucumbers and peppers. Thank you for patronage.



  • Raspberries have started ripening

    Just a quick note to remind everyone that our strawberries are FALL strawberries and not ready until about mid-August.
    Our summer raspberries have started ripening. Call 218-829-3241 to make sure there is picking the day you would like to come.
    Blueberries should be ready about the third week of July.
    Fall raspberries & fall strawberries ready about mid – August
    Grapes ready about first week of September.
    Please call for hours as the berries come in.
    We still have a few Instant Gardens available They are on sale now. You can still buy Instant Gardens at Ace Hardware in Brainerd and at the Farmers Markets and at our field.
    We are hoping we have a good berry season. Raspberries are looking fantastic!!!
    Come see us if you can.



  • Summer 2015

    Just a quick note to remind everyone that our strawberries are FALL strawberries and not ready until about mid-August.
    Our summer raspberries won’t be ready until after July 4th. Call 218-829-3241 at that time to make sure there is picking the day you would like to come.
    Blueberries should be ready about the third week of July.
    Fall raspberries about mid – August
    Grapes about first week of September.
    Please call for hours as the berries come in.
    We still have bedding plants available for a few days and Instant Gardens will be around for at least 2 – 3 weeks until sold out. They are on sale now and so are the heirloom bedding plants. You can still buy Instant Gardens at Ace Hardware in Brainerd and at the Farmers Markets and at our field.
    We are hoping we have a good berry season. Raspberries are looking fantastic!!!
    Come see us if you can.



  • Spring has Sprung 2015

    Ruth Iphone 4-015 016Things are growing – in the greenhouses anyway.  We are having a bit of a cold snap right now and hoping to get some rain as we had an open winter.  Surely a lot different than last year.  Oh well, it is what it is!  It has really been dangerously dry in our area and lots of very strong winds.  Not a good combination!

    We will be starting the farmers market very soon:
    Nisswa Farmers Market   5/7/15   Nisswa, MN   American Legion Parking Lot
    Lakes Area Growers Market   5/8/15   Baxter, MN   Gander Mountain Parking Lot
    Lakes Area Growers Market   5/12/15 Brainerd, MN   Franklin Arts Parking Lot
    All market hours are the same: 8:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

    We have our Instant Gardens and our  1 gallon potted pepper plants available for Mother’s Day gifts.  We also have our Heirloom tomato (Slicer & Cherry) 3 1/2″ pots and 4 packs available.  We are carrying our 4 packs of kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower & peppers again this year.  Hope you will be able to come to one of the markets or come to our field.  Don’t forget to call first for our hours at the field as we have weddings and other important family get-togethers that we don’t want to miss this summer.

    We are also selling our “One of a Kind” lettuce and green onions at the Crow Wing Co-op in Brainerd & at the field.  They will be available at the markets as well as our plants and jams & jellies.

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  • End of another season!

    Wow, where did 2014 go????
    Wasn’t that long ago that we were thinking – “Here we go again” months of long days working in the fields. Well, our fields are covered with white and woke up to 6 degrees this morning.
    We actually shut our last greenhouse down this week. We picked our last lettuce on November 25th and still have tomatoes ripening in the basement. After the tomatoes are done ripening, we can call it quits until the first week of January when we will be starting our tomatoes for 2015. We don’t go without fresh produce for too long as our lettuce will be big enough to pick by April.
    We want to wish you all good health and a very Happy Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Look for an update in March.



  • Changes Happening!

    The summer red raspberries are done for the season.  Our Fall Strawberries are just starting and our Fall Raspberries should start ripening about the week of August 25tth.  If you would like to get on the list for u-pick strawberries or on the list for canning tomatoes, please call 218-838-3954.  We will also have pick your own grapes about the first week of September.

    Don’t forget, our canning tomatoes are a variety of Heirloom tomatoes.

    We raise other produce as well.  Lettuce, slicing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, cucumbers, green beans, Romano pole beans, garlic bulbs, Daikon radishes, HOT Serano peppers, broccoli, & snap peas.  All of these are available at the Farmers Markets that we attend:

    Tuesdays:  Franklin Arts Center Parking Lot, Brainerd, Minnesota

    Thursdays: Nisswa Farmers Market – American Legion Parking Lot – Nisswa, Minnesota

    Fridays: Gander Mountain Parking Lot – Baxter, Minnesota

    All market hours are 8:00 – 12:30.

    Hours at the field are 11:00 – 5:00 Monday – Saturday         2:00 – 5:00 on Sundays

    Appointments can be made for earlier in the morning by calling 218-838-3954



  • Red Raspberries

    We have a lot of red raspberries at this time. Please call 218-838-3954 for daily availability. Don’t forget, we also have fall raspberries. They usually start producing about 2 weeks after the summers are done. If you miss out now, call in mid-August or until we have a hard frost because that is how long the falls produce!!!!
    If you come out, please use the business address in your GPS system: 7664 Roscoe RD. Brainerd, MN
    It is time to get your name on the canning tomato list as well. Call the same number.



  • Berry Picking

    We have a lot of red raspberries at this time. We also have blueberries. Please call 218-838-3954 for daily availability.
    If you come out, please use the business address in your GPS system: 7664 Roscoe RD. Brainerd, MN



  • SUMMER IS HERE

    We are experiencing the ending of a cold snap right now, so things should start ripening a little faster in the fields.
    We actually do have a good crop of summer raspberries going right now. They are quite plentiful and when they are done, the fall raspberry patch looks just great. We should have raspberries until it freezes.
    We don’t have very many blueberries at all this year. The winter and spring we had took a toll on them. There should be a few around July 22nd. Sorry, there won’t be enough for everyone that wants to pick this year :(
    Fall strawberries should be ready about mid-August and grapes should be ready about the first of September.
    You can get your canning tomatoes from us as well, just give us a call to place an order.