Seasons Greetings to our Neighbors, Friends, and Family!
As the holiday season approaches we hope this finds you settled in for a hygge-filled winter. We’ve almost completely transitioned to spending our days working “off-farm” with the hoophouses battened up for the next couple months. The baby greens that we planted this fall have started growing and will be ready to take off running come the longer, sunshine-filled days of February. Lately we’ve been trying out lots of pumpkin recipes with our storage pie pumpkins, revisiting the woods that have been largely ignored over the summer, hunting and storing venison, cleaning up the farm, and relaxing in our spare hours.
We want to extend a giant thank you to everyone who supported our small farm this season through your decision to purchase produce or flowers from us. We continue to build relationships with buyers in our community in all kinds of capacities from our neighbors buying for their family meals to area businesses choosing to source local produce including Stockholm Pie Company, Harbor View Cafe, E & S Fresh Market, Wabasha Market Share, and Community Crust. We’re grateful for you, our customers; for our good land; our health; education; and lots of trial and error that is helping us to make this farming dream a reality. Some highlights from this growing season include Annelie providing flowers for 3 small weddings (a step in the right direction toward expanding our cut flower enterprise), our first crop of baby ginger, a killer crop of cucumbers, an almost continuous availability of baby lettuce from April through October, and the launch of the Lake Pepin Local cooperative online sales platform. We’re doing it! Slowly but surely.
We are also grateful for those aforementioned off-farm jobs that are keeping us in health insurance and enough money to pay bills as we continue to grow this farm business and increase our profitability. Annelie started working for the Land Stewardship Project this summer as their Farm Beginnings Organizer in the Driftless Region and Kevin is working with Pierce-Pepin Cooperative as a GIS Technician. Hazel is almost 3 and a half and is starting to learn letters, loves the snow and our Christmas tree (she sang “Happy Christmas” to the tree in the tune of “Happy Birthday” when we put it up), is really into dinosaurs and dragons, and does NOT like getting her hair brushed.
Two days from now marks the three year anniversary of our move into this home and this community. It has not all been sunshine and rainbows over the last few years of starting a farm business together and becoming parents but we are a family and we continue to feel drawn to this work. More often than not we feel awe at the power of the land, sun, rain, and ourselves to grow such beautiful food and flowers for us and our community. We hope we can continue to do this work for many years to come.
Happy Solstice, Holidays, and New Year,
Annelie, Kevin, and Hazel