A Year in the Life of a Strawberry

Did you get some strawberries in 2020?  We hope so! The season is so short, and we know it takes you some effort to get to our farm when the strawberries are ripe.  Many people ask me why we close early some days, and how long it takes to grow strawberries.  If you are one … Read more

What Did You Learn on ‘Grandpa’s Farm’?

You’ve heard that growing up on a farm develops character.  One of the interesting parts about inviting lots of people to our farm is that our visitors tell me stories about their farm memories.  I love these stories, and the way they reveal the character of our visitors.  As part of an article for the … Read more

Listening to Pooh

Listening With the sudden switch to warm weather, the bird chatter on the farm is reaching a crazy level of intensity.  I feel a bit like a little girl, listening in on my parents talking in Dutch around the kitchen table.  I knew they were talking about Christmas presents, or vacations, because otherwise they wouldn’t switch … Read more

Livestock Are Improving our Soil; Grant Awarded!

cover cropping

We were thrilled to receive a notice from the MN Department of Agriculture that our grant application for Livestock Investment has been approved! You probably know that we have consistently sold out of strawberries very quickly every year, and that this has led to our quest to grow more strawberries, while intentionally managing our soil health.   … Read more

Cover Crops and Bovine Banquets

cover cropping and grazing

Staring out at newly harvested corn fields, my daughter commented on all the dried up dirt. “It needs a cover crop,” she declared.  “I think oats, or maybe winter wheat.” She’s her dad’s shadow, working beside him at every opportunity as he planted a succession of cover crops on fallow soil.  Each type of crop … Read more

Peek Behind the Scenes

The minute we shut down the 2015 strawberry harvest, the tractor roared to life, and we all raced to the fields to prep for the 2016 harvest.  Coated with sweat and dust, Dan worked until after dark every night to renovate the plants. First, he used the lawn mower attachment to mow off the tops … Read more