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)
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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. WEI is also one of the farms (Amador Hill Farm and Orchard) in the North Circle. WEI’s farm program was started in 2006 in an effort to connect our environmental, agricultural and food justice work with a working farm and a vision of a regional food system. Our education program is grounded on the farm as place to train new farmers and gardeners on organic ways of growing food and farming together.
We have devoted the last 12 years to restoring the soil quality on our farm through cover cropping, rotations, compost making and other organic methods. WEI currently grows over 150 varieties of vegetables and fruit to support the North Circle and other markets. Learn more at w-e-i.org.
Beulah Land Farm
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
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 MN, in our 4th 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.
Evermore Forest Farm
Tacy & Chuck Call
We’re a family farm in Harris, Minnesota, committed to producing sustainable, chemical-free food, flowers, and forage for our friends, family and neighbors. Our favorites to grow are cut flowers and berries. We enjoy connecting with our community through North Circle. Thank you for supporting local farms.
Ferris Family Farm
Jessica, Jon, Rob, Carol and Ellie Ferris
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. Learn more at ferrisfamilyfarm.com.
Eichten's Hidden Acres
Center City, MN
Eichten’s Cheeses are an all natural European Style Cheese made on the family farm from cow’s milk. Producing a quality artisan cheese on the farm since 1976, their commitment to quality cheese making is evident in the products they produce. All of Eichten’s natural cheese are made on the family farm in Minnesota from fresh cow’s milk. We add no coloring, artificial flavors, preservatives or GMO Rennet (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.
John Ice & Gabrielle Chambliss
Located in Isanti Minnesota, Garden Magic grows nutrient-rich veggies in spring, summer and autumn. We use sustainable and regenerative farming techniques, which are mostly completed by hand. Our soil is enriched only with organic matter, minerals, micro-life supplements and love. We love the Earth and love feeding people. To learn more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and growing nutrient-rich food for your family, please visit us at www.gardenmagic.us. In perfect vibrant health! Always, Farmer John and Gabrielle.
Heirloomista is a woman-owned, woman-run boutique farm. 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. This is her second year growing with the food hub and she looks forward to providing your family with the freshest farm goods! For more information on the farm, please visit www.heirloomista.com or stop by for a visit!
Love thy Neighbor Farm
Joe and Mari Peterson
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! Follow Love They Neighbor on Facebook.
Nelson Grass Farm
Ryan and Desiree Nelson
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, and whole and pieced out chickens. Learn more at nelsongrassfarm.com and follow them on Facebook.
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.
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 even privately test for glyphosate (round up) residue on the wheat berries we source from farmers. After becoming ill from eating wheat Darrold began a searching for a way that he could enjoy bread again. His search lead 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 1950's. 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 exclusively by visiting our website: Sunriseflourmill.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
Tim & Maureen Harder
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.
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 re-purposed. 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.
Clover Bee Farm
Andrew & Margo Hanson-Pierre
Andrew started farming in 2012 after realizing that life is short and one must do what they love. So, an internship begun at Loon Organics in 2012. In November 2012 the team at Sleeping Frog Farm in Arizona welcomed Andrew. Minnesota was calling for another season at Loon Organics and the farm education continued through a harvesting manager position at Gardens of Eagan the following year. In addition to farming, Andrew enjoys biking, running, having coffee with friends, reading lots of fiction novels, cooking and outdoor activities such as kite flying and hiking with our dog, Aida. Margo has always been an artist, gardener and outdoor enthusiast. Inspired by friends who were entering the field of farming and moved out of Minnesota, she settled down in Arizona to farm at Sleeping Frog. Arizona did not suit the need for family connection and greenery, so in April 2013, Margo moved back and worked at York Farm, where the techniques needed for vegetable farming were learned further. In the downtime available, Margo likes to watch shows, play with Ellie cat and Milton cat, draw, and recreate outdoors alongside Andrew and Aida. Andrew and Margo met online in 2011, were recently married in October of 2016 and enjoy farming together very much. The farm was purchased in 2018 in Shafer, Minnesota.
Yellow Hutch Farm
Chris & Lauren Kiesz
Yellow Hutch Farm is an 80-acre, pasture-based livestock farm, offering pastured poultry, pastured and forested pork, and 100% grass fed and finished beef. We do not use sub-therapeutic antibiotics, growth hormones, chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, or animal confinement. The sun grows the grass; the animals get to be animals. Yellow Hutch Farm was established in September 2017, after lots of thought and planning. Starting many years ago, we began to think more critically of the modern, industrialized food system and how it is affecting the health and well-being of consumers, farmers, and land. The more we learned about the way our food is produced, the more we wanted to become proactive participants in the equation. All parents want to provide their children with safe, healthy food; after learning all that we did about factory and mass-produced meat, we couldn’t, in good conscience, do nothing. Giving our kids the opportunity to have clean, healthy, home-grown pastured protein is a long-awaited dream of ours. We are so excited to be able to bring the same opportunity to the families in our community! When it is managed properly and with diligence, everything works together to maintain a healthy, regenerative system. When the animals get to live clean, happy, healthy lives, they are then able to be the healthy, nutritious, clean food that we all need. For more information, please visit our website www.yellowhutchfarm.com. We can also be found on social media: Facebook and Instagram @yellowhutchfarm
Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm
Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm is located in Amery, Wisconsin, on 5 picturesque acres of land, surrounded by rolling prairie filled with native flowering plants and grasses. We have a deep reverence for the intelligence of plants and the part their gifts play in our health and well-being We understand healthy soil creates healthy plants creates healthy people. We are certified organic, growing and wild-harvesting over 60 different kinds of medicinal and culinary herbs. We provide local communities with handcrafted high quality herbal products including teas, salves, extracts, elixirs and more and offer common sense seasonal CSA herbal shares that contribute to our well-being. We also offer classes throughout the year educating people on how to grow and use plant medicine for themselves and their families. You can find out more about Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm's seasonal herbal shares at www.redcloverapothecary.com
Gray Duck Farms
Stacie Mix & Shawn Kilpela
Rock Creek, MN
Gray Duck Farms is a pasture-based family farm in Rock Creek, MN. Farmers Stacie Mix and Shawn Kilpela are dedicated to humanely raised animals on their farm that are nourished every day with love, attention, fresh air, good food, and the earth under their feet. They are a soy-free and corn-free farm that uses only locally sourced organically raised feed that is non-GMO. They raise grass-fed/grass-finished beef, pastured heritage breed pigs, pastured ducks and chickens, along with laying ducks.
Farm visits are encouraged! Gray Duck Farms sells duck eggs and their meat year round from the farm. Please follow Gray Duck Farms on Facebook.
Hal & Dan
Saint Croix Falls, WI
Miminka is a woman-owned market garden tucked into the sunny hills of Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin. We believe in working with and for the health of our land. Our main objective is to conserve and respect the integrity and abundance of our surrounding ecosystems. We're dedicated to working in harmony with the woods, wetlands and thriving wild lands that surround us and harness the energy each space can give us. In turn we are ensuring the longevity and health of each thriving system. We're a market garden in the beautiful town of Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin. We are growing heirloom, non-gmo produce, herbs and specialty floral. We've got limited space but an endless vision for how we can best steward this land. Our goal going forward is to ensure an abundance of health in our soil but also the health of our lives and the community around us. Chemical free, toxin free. We're here, embarking on a new world with a mission to produce, provide and protect. It's sure to be a wonky, challenging and remarkable journey ahead, we hope you have the same patience and curiosity as we go along. Learn more at www.miminka.org.