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This is our 12th season providing fruits, vegetables and eggs to our customers at farmers markets, and our 7th year providing shares to our CSA members. We are happy to be your local farm, growing for you and your family. While every year is an adventure, with various outcomes, we never get tired of those early spring days with the awakening earth and the optimistic promise of summer bounty!

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2014 CSA Shares Available

We are now a year-round CSA. Summer season (June-Oct) signups are now underway. Full and Half Produce shares available. Option to add Eggs. Egg Only CSA Shares also available.

Online Signup and Account Management NOW AVAILABLE. We are using the tools at Small Farm Central to provide online signup, payment processing, account maintainance, share management, and invoice and payment records.

Continuous signup - join anytime. Credit for vacation stops and seasonal holds. See CSA tab for more information and application. Click CSA tab for more info.

Latest News

Plants Are Waiting - Apr 5, 2014

Sunset High Tunnel is full of plants waiting to go into the ground. Just got to wait until it dries out enough so we can till the ground. Right now its cold weather plants - lettuce, cabbage, brocolli, bok choi.

We built a smaller greenhouse inside the high tunnel so we can keep it warmer, and heat it with a kerosene heater if needed when temps outside go below 25 degrees.


Transplants Waiting To Go --


Down On The Farm

A Relentless Winter - Feb 5, 2014

We don't mind winter and snow is actually fun to play in. But the cold this winter has been pretty trying. Chickens do okay in cold, but they are getting bored and feeling cooped up. Hopefully by mid-February the sun will get strong enough to put an end to this. I can then put out hay in the barnyard and they will venture out to scratch and soak up some sun.

At least we have a good snow cover that should help protect our perennials. I'm wondering how our onions will do - I'm trying to overwinter some new ones like they do in Washington state, with mulch and now snow. But it got pretty cold this winter...

Ash promoted to Field Manager - Jan 4, 2013

Ashley Rickards began working at the farm in 2010. Interested in learning market farming, he started as a part time employee whose first task was helping plant a new asparagus field. Last year, he was still here, now picking the field that has grown to a mature field. Over the years, he has taken on more responsibility. With the help of our customers, we are able to employ him full time through the winter. He is now going to manage the day to day field operations - planting, cultivating and harvesting. Congratulations Ash!

Maggie Catches a Rabbit - Apr 15, 2012

I looked outside and Maggie, our dog, is eating something. A closer look reveals a rabbit. A fresh rabbit. How did a 10 year old dog catch a rabbit? She has still got it, I guess. Helping to protect your lettuce from the critters!


In The Barnyard

Fox In The Henhouse - Apr 26, 2013

I was out at the Northwinds High Tunnel when I heard a commotion in the barnyard. I hurried over there, and upon hearing a hen in distress, saw a fox with the hen in its mouth. Upon seeing me, the fox dropped its catch and fled the scene. Maggie, our dog, tracked the scent to a small hole in the fence where it had wriggled under. We fixed the fence and walked the perimeter to find any other defects. Every year we lose a few hens to some varmint or stray dog. We have a fence around the 3 acre area the chickens roam, but nothing is ever perfect. Unfortunately, the injured hen died. We did have a chicken dinner this evening, so all was not lost.


Out In The Fields

April Showers in May - May 25, 2013

The spring rains are here, putting a stop to planting for awhile. Cannot complain, however, as the rain has spread over a number of days with no "gully washers" to wash away seeds or drown transplants.

Most of the cool weather transplants are done. And we have two seedings in with our first peas up about 3 inches. The warm weather transplants like tomatoes and peppers are ready and waiting to go in, but its too wet. Hopefully the wait will not be too long.

CSA members are getting asparagus, plus spring greens, radishes and green onions.

Christmas Miracle - Dec 26, 2012

Christmas morning, it was 5° below zero. A good test for the produce in the high tunnel. The next day, we uncovered the rows to pick for the December 26 Buffalo CSA delivery. It was quite impressive. The lettuce and green onions looked just fine. The ground remains unfrozen - holding latent heat from the sunny day before, enough to maintain a zone 6 microclimate 6" above the ground when its zone 4 outside. Its a little piece of southern Missouri in frozen cold Minnesota!


Eat food -- Not too much -- Mostly plants