Here is our update on how the farm is handling the current global pandemic…
Hi Food Farmers,
Well, our unseasonably warm weather has ground to a halt much like everything else right now, so it’s still looking pretty snowy here at the farm. But the onions are up and the first planting of tomatoes is germinating! I almost have the planting schedule and field maps done, but that work has been interrupted by a lot of planning for this viral epidemic. We have a good start, but there’s more to be done to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and family.
The first step was to review our Food Safety Plan. In addition to our annual update, we’re developing an addendum to reflect special precautions to take regarding Covid-19. While we will have new procedures for most aspects of farm operations, much of our seasonal crew will be starting in just a couple of weeks, so figuring out how to keep staff and family safe is the priority this week. I am talking to pick up site hosts to figure out how to keep everyone protected during Summer Share season. We’re hoping to have share pickup outside for the last Winter Share, but we need to begin planning for summer as it looks like this outbreak requires an extended adjustment to the way we interact.
We are very concerned about the impact on our restaurant customers, including the Duluth Grill, Wussow’s Concert Cafe, OMC Smokehouse, and Chester Creek Cafe. These have been such steadfast supporters of our farm that an extended impact on them could be really harmful to us as well as the community as a whole. Many of them are offering curbside service, so please patronize them as you are able.
There will be more information to come, but I wanted to let you know that we are closely monitoring the situation and doing our best to ensure a safe and stable local food supply.
One other quick note: I was on the KUMD show The Simple Plate last week. If you’re interested in hearing me ramble about local food, agriculture, and what it’s like growing up on an organic farm, you can find the episode here:
Finally – a quick note on shares – we are filling up quickly!
We are seeing an increased interest in accessing local food, so if you haven’t signed up yet, please do so soon! Either click here or go to and select the “CSA Shares” tab. If you have friends who are interested, please send them the signup link as well.
We are aware that the disruption to the economy may make it more difficult to make payments on time. Part of the beauty of Community Supported Agriculture is that members are able to support each other, not just the farm. Since most members are able to pay in advance for their share, the farm has flexibility for those who are experiencing financial difficulty. Please try to be proactive and reach out to me beforehand so we can come up with a payment plan.
We also have the Food Access Fund available to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of a share. Please donate if you are able, and please contact me if support is needed.
Thank you all and take care!

Food Farm open house and art exhibition – September 21

The Food Farm is hosting an open house on Saturday, September 21st from 2-4pm. We’ll have tours of the farm and a hayride for anyone who wants to spend a couple hours relaxing in the country! Afterwards there will be an art exhibition in the Free Range Film barn from 4-8pm featuring the work of Catherine Meier and Kristina Estell. Farm fresh food will be available at the barn courtesy of the culinary talents of Paul Sapyta.

2-4pm Farm Tours at Food Farm: 2612 County Road 1, Wrenshall, MN

4-8pm “Field Trials: Catherine Meier and Kristina Estell”: 909 County Road 4, Wrenshall, MN


Annie Dugan 218-310-4703 or annesdugan at gmail

Farm Open House THIS SATURDAY!

Come enjoy what you have helped build by being part of our CSA!

Our annual open house is Saturday, August 19th from 3 to 5pm at the farm – 2612 County Road 1, Wrenshall, MN, 55797. We’ll give tours of the farm and have some kid friendly activities. At 5pm we’ll head down to the Free Range Film barn at 909 County Road 4, Wrenshall MN, 55797 to watch the new Wendell Berry Documentary “Look & See”. We’ll have popcorn on hand for the movie but if you want more sustenance bring a bag dinner.

This is all free and open to the public so bring friends and neighbors!

Food Farm CSA Week #3


Hello Food Farmers!

Things continue to roll along nicely here at the farm, as your box this week indicates! What a variety of produce! This week we’re sending the first broccoli, cukes, and beets…yummy vegetables, and good signs of the further bounty that is to come. We continue to get ample amounts of rain which is great for growth, both of the veggies and unfortunately, the weeds. As long as the fields have a couple nice drying days in between the wet, we can get out the hoes and the cultivating tractor and knock the ever-present pressure of weeds back, albeit for a moment. This past week we got to break out the Reigi Weeder implement, a fun and sort of wild tool to use. Janaki drives the tractor while two members of the crew are seated behind on the machine. Each person has control of two spinning wheels that twist and turn through the soil, pulling weeds and kicking dirt around, while the tractor rolls down the bed. It’s an effective and fast way to get after a lot of weeds. Here’s a goofy video from another farm showing it in action

As promised, we’ll be introducing the 2016 farm crew over the next couple weeks in this newsletter. They’ve been busy working their tails off but Maia and Madeline were kind enough (and are really, just all around super motivated) to write these little bits about themselves. So here they are:

Maia Killerud: Hi, my name is Maia and I am a UMD student interning at the Food Farm. I grew up raising beef cattle in Willow River, MN where I plan to continue farming after I’ve finished school. My internship at the Food Farm has given me a great opportunity to learn about a different part of the agricultural world. The amount of planning, planting, and care that goes into raising vegetables is incredible. I enjoy the camaraderie of daily work with the crew, all of who are amazingly dedicated and enthusiastic folks. The chickens and baby turkeys at the farm are fun to hang out with, too! I look forward to seeing how the season progresses and having more good times along the way. Enjoy the summer and the veggies!

Madeline Bear: Name’s Maddi Bear and this’ll be my second season at Food Farm. I balance two jobs working a couple days a week here and a few days at Positively 3rd Street Bakery. Both jobs cater healthful ingredients and for this, I am grateful. A little bit about me: I hail from Apple Valley. Since leaving suburbia, I’ve bounced around from one venture to the next. Reasons depended on what mission held fast in my mind. School in the North at Vermilion in Ely; worked on a dairy/vegetable farm out in Skowhegan, Maine. I moved to the woods and back to town just to do it all over again. All for a higher education. Along the way, all roads lead me back to the Lake, to Duluth: home. When I’m not working, I mend and sew and read and write and bike on and on and on and run through the woods like there’s no way I’d ever fall down and sometimes I do and I laugh about it. I’m excited to be a part of this world here at the Food Farm again and looking forward to the season ahead.

Food Farm CSA Week #2

Hello Food Farmers!

Storms, heat, Grandma’s Marathon…summer is here! We at the farm wish you a happy summer solstice. Enjoy these beautiful bright days while they last. We certainly are.

A couple quick notes on the box: there are lots more greens this week; lettuce, greens mix, more spinach and bok choi. Along with some sweet and delicious white turnips, the first radishes are ready! A great and simple way to snack on these little red jewels is to butter a slice of nice bread, cut the radishes thin on top and sprinkle with sea salt and a crack of black pepper. Yum!

Farming in harmony with nature, while often romantic, is sometimes a difficult endeavor in reality. A couple of weeks ago we planted our winter squash for the season…Delicata and Kabocha, Buttercup and Butternut, among others. It wasn’t long before Janaki noticed the plants beginning to mysteriously disappear, vanished to the void. Disease? We asked ourselves. Nope. Must be ground squirrels. No again. Turns out, the culprit was our wily and elusive friend, the groundhog. Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks and whistlepigs, are rarely seen here on the farm but can be a heck of a pest in the back field, where the dogs don’t often roam. Janaki and John put their heads together, did some digging around, and thankfully we have lost no more plants. Groundhogs, rabbits, the mouse and the mole… we are grateful for these creatures and value the vibrancy they bring to the farm, despite their sometimes inconvenient (for us) presence.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be including short bios of the 2016 Food Farm crew so you can all get to know us a little better. So! To start things off, my name is Sam Karns and I’m responsible for the newsletter this season. I grew up in Minneapolis, have worked on farms in western Wisconsin for the past several years and moved north to join the Food Farm in March. I am SO grateful to be working here, surrounded by such wonderful folks on a spectacular farm. The north country is a truly inspiring place, and I’m loving biking around, running through the woods, the community of good-natured folks in and around Duluth, and the ever-present comfort of the lake. I look forward to getting to know the place better, and getting to know you as well! If you have any questions or comments about the content of these weekly writings, feel free to email me at I appreciate any thoughts or feedback! Thanks, and have a great week.

Summer Solstice moon over the broccoli

Summer Solstice moon over the broccoli

Food Farm – Week #1!

Week #1 – 13 June, 2016

Hello Food Farmers!

First and foremost, welcome! To our new members, it’s wonderful to have you join us; to returning members, it’s great to have you back.  All of us at the farm are tremendously excited to be sharing this summer season and its bounty with you.

Despite winter’s quiet, farming in the north country is a year round endeavor. Washing and delivering the abundance in the root cellar from the previous season, field plans, seed orders, hiring, logistical and office organization, equipment repair…all of these things and much more happen when the snow is on the ground and the only green things around are the house plants.  Come March, we find our hands in the soil again, when we seed the very first onions in the greenhouse. So, after many months of anticipation and hard work, the first harvest is here!

We’ve been busy both in the greenhouses and out in the field, thanks to this past week of gorgeous weather. Tomatoes, broccoli, onions, peppers, cauliflower, carrots (of course!) and tons more are all settling in the soil and ready for heat and sunshine.  Things are looking great so far this spring, and what a wonder to have so much food already planted in the ground!

It is a beautiful time of year, full of life and growth, light and green. The Indian Paintbrushes are blooming, the first Monarchs have been sighted fluttering on the breeze, and the Red-Winged Blackbirds have found their way back to the cattails along the farm pond’s edge.

Thanks again for partnering with us, we look forward to the season!



Food Farm Fest!

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Saturday, August 22, 2105

Food Farm: 2612 Co Road 1, Wrenshall, MN 55797
Farm tours and open house 2-4pm (Free)
Operetta 4pm ($10 suggested donation)

On Saturday, August 22 the Food Farm will celebrate the season with an open house and original operetta in partnership with Mixed Precipitation Theater Company. From 2 to 4pm there will be tours of the brand new root cellar, hay rides, farm tours, and family activities. At 4pm Mixed Precipitation will present a guitar-swinging retelling of the 1735 Handel opera, Alcina. Entitled Escape from Alcina’s Island: A Picnic Operetta, this unique blend of music, food, and storytelling is a perfect way to revel in the height of harvest season on the Farm.

Both events are open to the public. The open house is free and the Operetta is a $10 suggested donation and a reservation is requested.

For more on the Operetta visit Mixed Precipitation website 

Directions to the Food Farm – From Duluth:

Food Farm is at 2612 County Road 1. Take 35S to Carlton/Scanlon exit (exit #239). Head south on Highway 45 through Carlton. Through no fault of your own, Highway 45 transforms itself into County Road 1. Take County Road 1 through Wrenshall. About 3 miles out of Wrenshall you’ll look to your left and see a big deer fence – that is the farm!

Alcina's Island Green BG (1)

Food Farm Farm Party

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Local food, local art

Saturday, August 23

3 to 6pm at the Food Farm (2612 County Road 1, Wrenshall, 55797)

6 to 8pm at the Free Range Film Barn (909 County Road 4, Wrenshall, 55797)

Local food and local art collide on Saturday in Wrenshall.

The Food Farm is hosting an open house from 3 to 6pm on August 23rd. Food Farm is the area’s longest operating Community Supported Agriculture farm, raising certified organic vegetables and pastured raised eggs and poultry. Farm tours, a hay ride, family games and activities will be free and open to the public.

The farm party will progress into an art party at 6pm when the celebration heads to the Free Range Film Barn. Local artists Kathy McTavish, Joeyllen Rock, and Rob Wittig will present their interactive arts experience Sophronia. The installation premiered at the Walker Art Center during the twin cities’ Northern Spark festival. A potluck dinner will be part of the fest at 6pm in the barn. Popcorn, pop, and water will be available for attendees as well.


At the Food Farm (2612 County Road 1, Wrenshall, MN 55797)

3 – 6pm

3-4:30 Tours of the Food Farm

4:30 Hay ride

5 farm games, activities, and tomato tasting

At the Free Range Film Barn (909 County Road 4, Wrenshall, MN 55797)

6 – 8pm

6 Potluck

6-8pm Sophronia Art Event by Kathy McTavish and Joellyn Rock


For more information on Sophronia visit:

Fore more information on the Food Farm visit: or Food Farm on facebook



Anne Dugan


March Winter Share Delivery

Hello Food Farmers,                                                                                   13 March 2012 Tuesday, March 13, 2012 is the last Winter Share delivery for the season.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the vegetables this winter. Please take our Winter Share Survey (10 easy questions!) by going to :

Please have your CLEAN boxes back to your site by Monday, March 19.To save an extra trip you could bring your own container and transfer your veggies at the site. We need to have every share box returned!  Summer Shares are delivered in these same boxes.  The farm van will go to each Pick-up Site on Monday evening to collect the boxes. Thanks!

We have an opening for an intern this summer. Farm member Pam Benson connected her nephew with us last summer, which worked out very well!  Anyone interested should email or call the farm to discuss the position.

Please consider joining us at Amazing Grace Café on Friday, March 23, 7 – 9 PM for the annual Farmers Take the Stage! It is a fundraiser for the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association, whose work is helping to build a local, sustainable food economy.  You will be amazed to see your very own FARMER JOHN perform!  You don’t want to miss this!

We start all of our vegetable transplants here on the farm.  So far the onions, leeks, and first planting of TOMATOES are up and looking fine!  John built two ‘germination chambers’ this year and they are proving to be a nice improvement to our previous arrangement.  The first tomatoes germinated in only 30 hours.  We are excited for this new season of growth!


3 large carrots                                                                               1 small rutabaga, peeled   1 small parsnip                                                                             3 medium potatoes            2 medium onions                                                                       1 small sweet potato, peeled 1 bulb garlic                                                                                   1 tbsp olive oil             water, evaporated milk, or soymilk                                                   salt and pepper to taste

Wash and roughly chunk carrots, rutabaga, parsnip, sweet potato, and potatoes. Place in bottom of slow cooker. Peel and wedge onions, also toss into cooker. Remove exterior paper from the garlic bulb, but do not separate cloves. Using a serrated knife (a bread knife works well) cut about 1/8 in from the top of the cloves. Flatten vegetables in cooker and place bulb of garlic on top of them. Drizzle the garlic with olive oil. Turn the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Once done, remove garlic; mash cooked vegetables into a puree. Squeeze garlic into the puree and stir to combine. Thin the puree with your choice of liquids, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and keep warm in slow cooker until ready to serve.

UNION SQUARE CAFÉ PARSNIP PANCAKES             from Park Lake Farm, Joel  Rosen

1.5 pounds Parsnips                                                                                    1 small onion       1 large egg                                                                                      1/8 tsp Cayenne powder pinch of grated nutmeg                                                               1/8 tsp black pepper           ½ tsp salt                                                                                                      ¼ cup flour        ¼ cup olive oil                                                                              1 Tbsp butter

Peel parsnips.  In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts salted water to a boil. Add parsnips and boil 3 minutes. Drain well and coarsely grate parsnips and onions. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Stir together parsnips, onion, beaten egg, spices and salt in a bowl. Add flour, stirring until just combined. Form into eight ½ -inch thick cakes placing each on waxed paper.

Heat oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat until foam subsides and sauté pancakes until golden brown.  Drain if needed and serve. Excellent with applesauce on the side!

BEET BURGERS                                              from Fresh from the Farm                          Makes 6-8 servings

4 fresh medium beets                                                      2 sprigs fresh basil, chopped     1/2 medium onion, chopped                                                      2 eggs, beaten                  Salt and ground black pepper, to taste                                     1/4 – 2/3 c flour                Olive oil                                                                                          Mozzarella slices       Burger buns

1. Trim beet tops and root. Shred beets; transfer to bowl. Add basil, onions, eggs, salt and pepper; mix.

2. Mix in just enough flour to make mixture stick together. Form mixture into 4-inch patties about 1/2-inch thick. (Don’t make too thick or centers won’t cook well.)

3. Heat 1/4 inch of olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Fry patties 2-3 minutes on one side, until crispy. Turn patties, place mozzarella slice on top and fry 2-3 minutes more, until crispy.

4. Place hot on bun; serve immediately.