Our Farmers

North Circle goods 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

(A program of Women's Environmental Institute)

Jacquelyn Zita, North Circle Manager

Almelund, MN

The Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI), a local nonprofit and Chisago County charity organization, is the administrative arm of the North Circle Online Farmers Market. Jacquelyn Zita, Farm Manager at Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, created, developed and manages North Circle as part of the environmental and food justice mission of WEI. Jacquelyn is also Farm Manager for Amador Hill Farm. Along with co-manager Loren Winsor, Flat Broke Farm, and a team of talented farm crew members, Amador Hill Farm grows  organically certified vegetables, fruits , herbs and apples for North Circle. Eat healthy and learn more at w-e-i.org.

Beulah Land Farm

Michelle Fryc

Stark, MN

Our family farm has been in the family for more than 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 made 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!

Linens and Loaves

Alexandria Fisk

North Branch, MN

 

Run by Alexandria, a Homeschooling Mom of two, Linens & Loaves is an In-Home Organic Microbakery with MN Cottage License, located in North Branch, MN.  

Specializing in Organic Sourdough Bread made with locally milled Organic Heritage Grains from Sunrise Flour Mill. All items sustainably wrapped with no plastic!

Northwood Mushrooms

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.

We are a small-scale family farm in Harris, Minnesota, in our fourth year of operation. We grow chemical-free food, flowers, and forage for our family, friends, and animals. We strive to preserve  the agrarian way of life and the farm landscape of our community. The conservation of wildlife, watersheds, and pollinator habitat is at the forefront of our farming practices; we want this land and farm to be a legacy we gift to future generations. We produce pastured-raised pork, turkey, and chicken and feed our animals soy-free organic grain. We also offer a variety of market vegetables and herbs, cut flowers, maple syrup, and strawberry products.

Follow us on Instagram or connect with us on Facebook.

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Carlson Lake Farm

Liz Dougherty

Lindstrom, MN

Carlson Lake farm is a small hobby farm located in Lindstrom. We have been making quality all-natural goats milk soap and shampoo bars for 7 years. We specialize in unique scents and utilize foraged or home grown ingredients whenever possible. We make our soap with simple ingredients, striving to make it as allergen-free as possible. Our goal is to help you achieve your skin care goals in a natural, healthy way.

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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 chickens, cows and pigs using organic farming standards. We use no antibiotics and no steroids.

 

 We feed our animals wholesome, natural feed without soy, corn, animal byproducts, or GMOs. 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. Learn more at ferrisfamilyfarm.com.

Eichten's Hidden Acres

Center City, MN

Eichten’s cheeses are all-natural European-style cheeses made on the family farm from cow’s milk. Producing a quality artisan cheese on the farm since 1976, our commitment to quality cheese making is evident in the products we produce. All of Eichten’s natural cheeses are made on the family farm in Minnesota from fresh cow’s milk. We add no coloring, artificial flavors, preservatives, or GMO rennet. (In addition, our milk contains no growth hormones, antibiotics, or rBGH). Eichten's cheese is handmade in an open vat, which is identical to the way cheese is made on the farms in Holland and throughout Europe. Aging rooms are kept at a precise temperature, and the cheese is moved and turned daily for correct breathing and aging. Eichten’s cheese is aged 60 days or longer—the longer the aging period, the stronger the flavors. Eichten’s Hidden Acres Farm is a third- generation farm where your cheese is locally made. Learn more at eichtenscheese.com.

Alstad Farm

Emily and Eric Chapman

Shafer, MN

We are Emily and Eric Chapman, first generation farmers motivated to build community by growing fresh and local produce using organic practices near the St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota. We were inspired to start Alstad Farm to complement our other professional endeavors. Emily is passionate about helping people lead active lives through functional movement and enjoys watching crops grow. Eric is a practicing academic, where he combines his research and teaching interests in food system sustainability and policy with his desire of working with his hands in the field. Eric is motivated to integrate organic vegetable production to provide biological research and educational opportunities for students.

Please visit our website to learn more: alstadfarm.org!

June and Jane Flower Co.

Sydney Lewis and Lindsay Rassmann

North Branch, MN

June and Jane Flower Co. is a specialty cut flower farm in North Branch started by cousins Sydney Lewis and Lindsay Rassmann.

Together and with our families, we offer a variety of services for all flower lovers, from subscription bouquets and DIY bulk buckets to full service weddings and other special events. We are lifelong students and are proud to be members of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. We wholeheartedly believe in the multitude of benefits that come from the production of local flowers. The first time the flowers ever leave the farm is when they're on the way to you.

We start from seed and grow over 100 types of annual and perennial cut flowers, always without harsh chemicals and pesticides. We grow on half an acre and 2024 will be our third growing season. We’re excited to share it and the seasonality of Minnesota with you!

 

Tim's Timber

Tim & Maureen Harder

Hugo, MN

Tim's Timber began 20 years ago as a portable sawmill operation and added 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.

I became a sawyer 20 years ago because I love trees and working with wood. When asked, my wife calls me a "dead and down guy." I don't advocate cutting down healthy trees. However when they're down or dying, I like to see them repurposed. Many times a good use is to have them sawn up into lumber. That's where I come in. I bring my portable sawmill to your site. My mill has high-quality hydraulics that lift the logs and the mill rotates them so no heavy equipment is needed. I operate a Wood-Mizer LT50 mill with a 47.5 diesel engine and it cuts fast. I mainly cut in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In addition to custom milling, I also sell lumber, custom wood products, furniture, and maple syrup. Learn more at timstimbermn.com.

Gray Duck Farms

Stacie Mix and Shawn Kilpela

Rock Creek, MN

Gray Duck Farms is a family farm located in Rock Creek, Minnesota that is dedicated to regenerative agriculture and holistic practices. They raise grass-fed/grass-finished beef,  pastured pork, free-range pastured chickens and ducks. They are currently expanding into organic vegetable production and will open a U-Pick flower field this summer as well as an on-site farm store.

Farm visits are encouraged by appointment. 

Please follow Gray Duck Farms on Facebook or at http://www.grayduckfarms.com

Sunrise Flour Mill

Marty and Darrold Glanville

North Branch, MN

Sunrise Flour Mill is your local flour mill located in North Branch, Minnesota, and run by Darrold and Marty Glanville. Dedicated to milling the very best heritage grains into premium flour, we source only 100% organic, non-GMO varieties, and we even privately test for glyphosate (Roundup) residue on the wheat berries we source from farmers. After becoming ill from eating wheat, Darrold began searching for a way that he could enjoy bread again. His search led him to heritage wheat varieties like Turkey Red. Modern wheat is very different from the heritage varieties that were prevalent before the "Green Revolution" of the 1950s. The developments in modern grain have made it difficult for some people to digest, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they need to change to a gluten-free diet. If you’ve experienced negative health effects as the result of gluten sensitivity but miss your morning toast or favorite dessert, Sunrise Flour Mill’s Heritage Flour products may be the answer. We provide ongoing education and support to people who want to get back to home baking, with monthly baking classes and a bread festival held annually in Minneapolis. You can find a list of restaurants throughout the Twin Cities area who use our wheat by visiting our website, Sunriseflourmill.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Thunderstorm Floral Co.

Iris Redland

Almelund, MN

Thunderstorm Floral Co. is a regenerative cut flower farm in Almelund, Minnesota, growing + sharing seasonal blooms with YOU! We geek out about seeds + soil health to bring you gorgeous local blooms that are grown with our ecosystems + each other in mind. Flowers are for everyone! We are stoked to share beauty with you this season through the North Circle Online Farmers Market.

Country Road Farm

Jonathan Bontrager

MN

Where memories are being made by the Bontrager family on a diversified 40 acre peice of farmland with horses, pastue and sheep, chickens, orchards, woodlands and wildlife. Here we strive with the Lord's blessings to provide wholesome food for our local area, family, friends and you. 

The land is farmed with strong draft horses. Vegetables are picked and packed by hand as a family.

Log House Sugar Bush

Kelly Garbe

Taylors Falls, MN

We are a family-owned business that started in our backyard 25 years ago tapping 25 trees. Today we are tapping over 500 trees and we boil down the sap on a wood-fired evaporator processing down to pure maple syrup from our farm to your table.

Big Sky Acres

Kisch Family

Shafer, MN

Trevor and Hailey had decided that they wanted to have a part in the way that their food was grown and raised, so a dream started with a chicken coop and a small, raised bed garden in a trailer park in Montana. With Hailey going to college and Trevor working as an electrical apprentice, it was important for them to start looking at the quality of the food they were eating and started practicing food preservation.  After they moved back to Minnesota, they looked for a piece of property where they could build that dream of having a say and impact on the local food system.

Sitting outside of Shafer, Hailey and Trevor, along with their four kids, work with the land through best management practices in order to produce high quality, delicious produce and pasture raised animals. An important aspect to their farm is the way that they are teaching their kids how to enhance the soil by using local resources as well as being able to take the harvest and preserve it for future use.

Wild Haven Farm

George and Mandi Sawyer

Sunrise, MN

Meet George and Mandi Sawyer, the dynamic duo behind Wild Haven Farm, where a passion for conservation and heritage breeds meets sustainable farming practices. With a commitment to preserving biodiversity and fostering environmental stewardship, George and Mandi have transformed their dedication into a thriving venture.
 
Despite lacking a farming background, their journey began in 2021 when they founded Wild Haven Farm in Sunrise MN, driven by a shared vision of restoring and protecting heritage livestock breeds. Their diverse backgrounds bring a wealth of experience to the table, blending Mandi's expertise in biology and health with George's entrepreneurial spirit.
 
At Wild Haven Farm, every aspect reflects their dedication to sustainability. Certified USDA organic, the farm also holds MN Water Quality certification, ensuring responsible land management practices. Additionally, they proudly participate in MN Grown, supporting local agriculture and fostering community connections.
 
Through their tireless efforts, George and Mandi are not just farmers but guardians of the land, cultivating a haven where heritage breeds thrive and conservation flourishes. Join them on their mission to cultivate a more sustainable future, one hoofprint at a time.

Rust Hill Ranch

Rebecca and Matt Hardy

Franconia, MN

Rust Hill Ranch is a 40-acre family farm in Franconia, Minnesota providing nutrient-dense food, soil restoration, and animal happiness. Rebecca (Rustebakke) Hardy and her husband Matt are fourth-generation family farmers, committed to producing wholesome food for our family and yours. We believe the key to environmental and economic restoration is the direct relationship between farms and their customers.

Rust Hill Ranch features grass-fed lamb and beef, forest-raised pork, and better-than-organic pastured chicken & eggs. Our regenerative practices promote soil health and livestock vitality. We are honored to serve the community with the wholesome, humanely raised meat from our family to yours.

Comfort Community Foods

Meno

Mora, MN

We are a family farm producing certified organic soy-free eggs, produce & meats. Our mission is to assist sustainable small farms; provide local, natural, organic food to families, buying clubs & businesses; employ members of the community; and seek opportunities to support food shelves & organizations that help the needy.

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