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Posted 4/11/2014 2:43pm by Jenna Untiedt.

  Untiedt's has joined the world of DIY-ers by creating an info packed Pinterest page. Unlike social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, Pinterest strives to spread ideas and inspiration to the masses. There are so many aspects of gardening- from flower selection to recipes, so we've created boards for every step of your gardening adventure. We also update our page on a daily basis to keep up with new gardening trends. 
       Variety can be overwhelming when it comes to plant shopping, the combination possibilities are endless. Check out our boards "Sun Loving flowers" or "Shade Loving Flowers" for suggestions on plants and ideas for ways to display them in containers or in garden beds. New this year are our succulents! Check out our "Succulent" board for care tips and planting ideas. Our board "Fancy Flower Holders" or "DYI planters" can help create a completely unique way to show off your plants that are easy and can make use of otherwise recycled items.
      Vegetable gardening is both fun and rewarding. We created boards that can help the experienced and inexperienced Gardner alike.  Thinking you don't have room for a garden? Have bad soil? Check out our boards "Container gardening", "Pallet/Vertical Gardening" and "Straw Bale Gardening". Once your veggies plants have produced then move onto our recipe boards. Wanna see how it's done at the farm? Check out "The Untiedt's Farm" board. Every step along the way, our Pinterest page can be there to help and inspire you! Follow us on Pinterest today!

Posted 3/11/2014 2:56pm by Jenna Untiedt.

Spring is coming! And with that the opportunity to work with Untiedt’s is here! We are now hiring for our greenhouses and vegetable stands around Wright County and the Metro Area. If you love working outdoors, rain or shine, planting and caring for flowers and creating wonderful dishes with fresh, local food, this could be the job for you.

Job Duties:
• Maintenance and care of bedding plants, patio pots, and baskets
• Create displays of plant materials, vegetables (during the summer months), and fall decorative items
• Unloading of plants, produce, and fall items from trucks
• Assist customers with questions about plants, pests, and growing tips
• The maintenance and general cleanliness of our location

Qualifications:
• Must be able to work days, evenings and weekends. Special attention will be given to those willing to work weekends and holidays
• Able to lift 20lbs frequently and 50lbs occasionally
• Must be available from late April-Oct 31
• Must be able to work independently and with a team
• Must have good work ethics, and be able to take initiative when projects need to be completed
• Must be able to stand, walk, bend, and lift for entire work schedule
• Some customer service experience preferred, but not necessary. Positive attitude towards customers is essential

Applications are available online at www.UntiedtsWeGrowForYou.com/employment

Posted 3/7/2014 3:56pm by Jenna Untiedt.

 

Today has been a day filled with snow and ice sliding off of our office building at the farm. Every once in a while I will hear big thuds out the window as clumps slide off the roof and crash to the ground. It is a true sign of spring! It may not have been as sunny today as Wednesday, but temperatures are beginning to get warmer, and snow is beginning to melt a little bit at a time. Tis the season for puddles, and those puddles are a welcome sight right about now. 

Not only has the weather increased our spirits around the farm, but we have exciting news to share as well! Read on to learn about our newest partnership with Kowalski's Market! We are truly grateful and excited for this coming season! Bring on the sun and warmer temps!

Read on to learn about our newest partnership!

Family-Based Businesses Kowalski’s Markets and Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm, Inc. Partner Together to Offer CSAs to Customers   Even with the snow and cold outside, plans are in full swing for an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables this summer.

Kowalski’s Markets and Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm have been working together for over 10 years, offering customers fresh and local produce during the Minnesota growing season. This year the partnership is going one step further. The two family-based businesses are partnering once again to offer customers the opportunity to be part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, with pickup options at each of the nine Kowalski’s Markets.  

Since starting the CSA in 2010, Untiedt’s has seen phenomenal growth as the demand for fresh and local produce continues to grow. Partnering with Kowalski’s to offer convenient pickup locations throughout the metro will make this CSA accessible for more consumers.  

The CSA will run for 17 weeks, beginning mid-June. Each week members will get a minimum of seven different types of vegetables as well as one type of fruit. There is an option for a half share, which feeds a family of 2-3, or a full share, which feeds a family of 4-6. Buying into a CSA allows members to have a connection with a farm and understand where and how their produce is grown. Untiedt’s grows over 50 different crops that are included in the CSA throughout the season.  

On a daily basis, Untiedt's Vegetable Farm, Inc., of Waverly, MN, perseveres in achieving its goal of family, employee and agricultural harmony. Minnesota grown, hand-harvested, locally and sustainably produced, and stewardly decision-making all describe just what Untiedt's Vegetable Farm attempts to achieve in relationship to this good earth.  

For additional information or to sign up for the CSA, please visit www.untiedtswegrowforyou.com. Availability is limited, so sign up early!

With that, have a WONDERFUL weekend! Get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air, and don't forget to set the clocks back on Saturday night!

 

Posted 2/18/2014 9:18am by Jenna Untiedt.

With the sun shining outside, and temperatures predicted to hit 40 degrees, there is a glimmer of hope that spring will arrive in the near future. Even as Minnesotans, we have been tested this year with long streaks of cold weather, an abundance of snow, and a just plain long winter. As the days get longer, temperatures begin to climb, and the sun begins to shine more, we begin to think about the growing season in front of us.  

Greenhouses are up and running, bedding plants are being planted each day, and seeding of things such as onions has begun. Although I am completely over winter, and longing for some fabulous spring days, this is one of my favorite times of the year. This time each year, I get to go out and talk about our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at a variety of businesses.   Are you reading this and wondering what a CSA is? Well, you’re in luck! I’m going to share a bit about our CSA program, and I have also compiled a list of benefits from current and past CSA members.

First off, it is important to know that all CSA programs are a little bit different. Each farm has the ability to set up a CSA program that works best with their own farm operations. Overall, becoming a CSA member is making a commitment to support a farmer through the ups and downs, becoming a shareholder of the farm itself.  

Untiedt’s CSA program is a 17-week program, which begins in mid-June. Each week, shareholders receive a box of fresh produce, which contains a minimum of 7-8 types of vegetables, and we do our best to include 1 type of fruit as well! The produce is freshly harvested, and members receive the best of what is in season.  

So, why should you consider signing up for a CSA? There are countless benefits to joining a CSA, and I am just going to name a few for you to consider:

1.     Get to know a farmer

2.     Understand where your food comes from

3.     Support local economy

4.     Eat more vegetables

5.     Vegetables in a CSA are fresher than what’s in a grocery store

6.     Eat seasonally without even thinking about it

7.     It’s a fun challenge to incorporate new foods

8.     Ecological stewardship

9.     Fresh vegetables means more flavor and more vitamin benefits

10. You have the ability to visit the farm

11. Be part of a larger community

12. Cook More    

There are countless more reasons to consider a CSA. As many members say, “It’s like Christmas every week when we pick up our shares.” So, check out Untiedt’s CSA, and sign up today! Do you have questions about our CSA? Check out this page. Have specific questions….Send me an email!

Posted 2/5/2014 11:18am by Jenna Untiedt.

We hope you are all surviving this arctic winter! It has definitely been hard on us all. The cold has limited work that needs to be done outside, countless hours have been spent cleaning out after all the snow, and overall morale sometimes takes a dip as these temperatures continue to stay so cold. We use these cold days to continue to fix machines, tractors, and other things that perhaps broke down last season. We use these cold days to keep preparing for the upcoming season. Even though winter has seemed to last forever this year, we know that Spring will come sooner or later and we better be ready for it once it arrives!  

Work on the farm continues to happen through these frigid temperatures. Jerry is continuously working on planting guides for the 2014 growing season, as well as the ordering of seeds. There are many seed shortages this year, so this process can be quite time consuming as orders and plans have to be revamped sometimes several times.  

The first vegetables have been planted. Onion seeds were planted last week and are just beginning to come up! It is nice to be able to see a little green and dream about the upcoming months when we are plagued with the winter we have had this season.  

Flower season is right around the corner. We are busy fixing furnaces and preparing greenhouses for the plants that will begin to arrive next week. Small plants will arrive and we will transplant them all into pots, hanging baskets, and flats as we grow them so that they are ready to plant in your flower beds this spring, or set on your front steps for a nice splash of color!  

Our CSA team continues to advertise and promote the upcoming season. As we do site visits and promote our Community Supported Agriculture program, excitement and anticipation for Spring continue to rise. Our displays constantly remind us what wonderful fruits and vegetables will be abundant once the snow disappears and the sunshine graces us for days on end.  

We hope this update finds you all well!

Posted 1/13/2014 4:13pm by Jenna Untiedt.


Greetings 2013 CSA Shareholders!

 

Everyone at Untiedt's would like to wish you a Happy New Year and we hope that it is off to a fantastic start. After a refreshing few weeks out of the office, everyone at the farm is back to work and planning for the 2014 season is well underway. 

Farmer Jerry is busy putting seed orders together and figuring out the crop rotations for this year. Paul and crew are busy preparing greenhouses for flowers that will begin to arrive in a few short weeks. Megan and Jenna are busy keeping the office under control and planning for the 2014 CSA Season. 

The 2014 CSA Season is live on our website and registration is open! Many drop sites have been added and more will be added in the coming days as we continue to finalize the plans. Please reach out to Jenna or Megan if a site is missing and they will update you on the status. Have an idea for a new site? Let Jenna or Megan know and they will work with you to get something going if it is possible. 


From everyone at Untiedt's we wish you a Happy New Year!

 

Untiedt's Vegetable Farm, Inc. 

www.untiedtswegrowforyou.com

4750 25th St. SW  Waverly, MN 55390

763-658-4672

Posted 10/24/2013 1:13pm by Jenna Untiedt.
Greetings 2013 CSA Members! 

First and foremost, THANK YOU for a fantastic 2013 CSA season. Every year we are faced with a different set of challenges, but with perseverance from our whole team we have made it through another growing season. We absolutely love the fact that you allow us to grow for you. We hope that you all enjoyed your shares, and were satisfied with the 2013 season. We appreciate all the feedback we have received and all of it will be taken into consideration as we continue to plan for 2014.

As we spend the rest of October selling what is left of our fall crops and cleaning up around the farm, plans are in full swing around the 2014 season. As we wrap up our 3rd CSA season of continued growth, we have big plans for next season. We have done a lot of evaluation of the CSA model, and it fits our business model and business plan quite well. As we move towards next season we are asking for your help to keep it growing. 

As our orchard continues to mature, the trees continue to yield more and more apples. Our dedication to the land has proven to be beneficial. The land is extremely fertile and as we continue to treat it well, it yields more and more great products in return. We are eternally grateful for the opportunity we have been given to grow such a variety of produce for all of our customers. We feel that we are capable of another year of growth and are looking forward to what 2014 has in store.

We have carefully analyzed our costs of production, and even though every input category from seeds to compost production to labor costs to all other inputs have increased substantially and seem to be headed in that direction for 2014, we believe we can, for the 4th year in a row, hold the price constant on our half shares. The full share will be increasing by $50, which is an increase of $3 per week.  Our reasoning behind this increase is simply the fact we cannot continue to offer such as a substantial discount on the full share. The 2014 prices will be $400 per half share and $750 per full share.

Registration for the 2014 season is now open! Please note that not all corporate sites are listed online. As we continue to meet with site contacts, more sites will be listed weekly. If your workplace is not a CSA drop off location and you wish to inquire about making it one, please contact us as soon as possible.

Again, thank you for a wonderful season and we are already looking forward to a great 2014 season!

 

Most Sincerely, 


Jenna Untiedt and Megan Dallmann


Untiedt's Vegetable Farm, Inc. 

www.untiedtswegrowforyou.com

4750 25th St. SW  Waverly, MN 55390

763-658-4672

Posted 10/22/2013 3:04pm by Jenna Untiedt.

CSA Extended Week 2

October 22, 2013

It looks as if our timing was pretty good for the last share of our CSA Season. We’ve had a couple of pretty good frosts the last few days and a hard freeze is on the way. We have most things out of harms way and hopefully this last share of the season will exceed your expectations.

Our share breakdown is as follows:

Apples: Fireside, a later season variety is included for your enjoyment. Mildly sweet and textured well for a relaxing eating treat.

Apples: SnowSweet, a new University of Minnesota release is a fine eating apple as well as perfect for salads such as a Waldorf salad, as it does not brown after cutting-staying bright white for hours! Enjoy and inform your friends of this variety!

Beets: Sweet young red table beets for your pleasure. They’ll need a little scrubbing, as our fields are sooooo wet and muddy. We did wash once but a little more will be necessary.

Broccoli: Again a healthy taste of fall. Sweet, tender, and juicy.

Brussels Sprouts: Sweeter and Sweeter with the cooler weather. They get better and better as more and more frosts and freezes occur.

Carrots: Yes, finally they are ready. We’ve waited a long time and they’ve gotten large and sweet. Excellent for steaming and fall eating.

Kale: Another fall delicacy, which really lets cool weather enhance its quality. Soups, salads, or as a healthy addition to scrambled eggs, its tasty and healthy.

Lettuce: Romaine-the product of cool fall nights and short days. Crispy, sweet and delightful.

Lettuce: Red Salanova-textured lettuce with a beautiful look.

Squash: Speckled Hound is the variety. It’s truly an heirloom with a wonderful taste that reminds us of a fine sweet butternut. It will take at least 1 ½ hours at 350 degrees to cook, as the meat is so thick. In our opinion, a squash delicacy.

Sweet Potatoes: Just keep eating these great treats. So special for Minnesota.

Tomato- The end of the end. Not too fancy, but with enough homegrown flavor left to satisfy us-we thought you’d enjoy what may be your last homegrown tomato until 2014.

That about wraps up the season from Untiedts. We so much enjoyed the challenge of growing for all of you and hope we were able to satisfy your needs.

We are laying the plans for another year, 2014 Season, and would hope you would recommend us to your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Jenna and Megan will be following up with more information shortly.

On behalf of our team, I would like to wish all of you a peaceful and restful fall and winter season.

Most Sincerely,

Farmer Jerry and Crew

 

Recipe of the Week: 

Brussels Sprout Chips

2 cups of shelled Brussels sprouts

2 tbsp. butter, coconut oil, or any cooking oil

Lemon zest (optional)

Salt and pepper

  1. Peel sprouts.
  2.  Mix leaves, butter, and salt and pepper together in bowl add lemon zest if desired.
  3.    Place on parchment paper (2 trays) and bake at 350 degrees until leaves are crispy.

 

 

 

Posted 10/15/2013 5:29am by Jenna Untiedt.

Extended Season

October 15, 2013

Here we go again, and welcome to our experimental fall season CSA extension.  Normally, this would be quite difficult, but with the mild October we are still harvesting quite a few high quality vegetable and fruit crops. We hope you all get a chance to fire up the stove, grill, and oven to enjoy the contents of these late shares. Let us know if you enjoy these late shares and would like us to try something like this again for 2014. It’s so hard to offer this season extension in the spring as we really don’t have a good feel for the season and how long it will run due to frosts and freezes, but with a little planning perhaps we could plan for an extension. 

These shares breakdown as follows:

Broccoli- Yes, it continues to grow in this cooler weather- tasting sweeter and more tender the cooler the weather gets.

Brussels Sprouts- We sent them still attached to the stalks (just twist or cut them off to eat). Not everyone knows how they grow- but you do now!

Lettuce- Red Buttercrunch is the first variety-Enjoy the sweetness and rarity of Minnesota Fall lettuce.

Lettuce- Green Salanova is the second variety. It has real leaf texture and has wonderful flavor. Just remove stems, wash and spin dry. We really are enjoying a date balsamic vinaigrette on our lettuce-its so subtly sweet.

Apples- Haralson is the first variety. Finally ready ripe and fresh off the trees. Always the best in pies, baked apples, and crisps.

Apples- Fireside is the second variety. This variety is so naturally sweet- a real treat with cheese and wine.

Tomatoes- It’s getting to the end, but hey we’ve had a great tomato run this season. Enjoy these while they last and we have to wait for more next June.

Sweet Potatoes- Just dug this past weekend. One of our favorite fall dishes- just peel, boil, and mash. Add a little salt, pepper and butter and enjoy!

Squash-Butternut and acorn. Both are finally truly ripe and ready for eating.

Kale- Sweeter and sweeter by the week. Use in soup, salads, and chips. This is truly a healthy fall vegetable!

We hope you all enjoy this extended season share. The weather is cooling rapidly and we had a light frost Sunday morning. Next week, more apples, broccoli, hopefully tomatoes and more. Stay tuned and thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Farmer Jerry and Crew 

Recipes of the Week: 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Ingredients:

1-2 cups of Brussels Sprouts

3-4 strips of bacon

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Cook Bacon til it is slightly crispy

Line Cookie Sheet with tin-foil and drizzle with olive oil

Place Brussels Sprouts on pan and roll around in oil, cut up bacon and mix together

Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, checking every so often to move the sprouts around.

At 30 minutes, drizzle sprouts and bacon with a bit of balsamic vinegar.

Bake for another 15 minutes until cooked to your desired softness!

 

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

8-10 Haralson Apples

Grated zest of 1 orange

Grated zest of 1 lemon

2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ cup sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x14 inch baking pan.

Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar, and spices. Pour into the dish.

To make the topping, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, cold butter in the bowl. Mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.

Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm-with vanilla ice cream makes it even better! 

Posted 10/8/2013 8:45am by Jenna Untiedt.

October 8, 2013

CSA Week 17

Welcome again to our greeting letter for week 17 of our CSA program. This week’s share is particularly special as we can share with you products that should last well into the winter delivering flavors of the season past. Among these special share items is Susan Untiedt’s very special raspberry jam, a product of many hours of hard work, never ending patience, and a special pride derived from the delivery and sharing of an old family recipe! Another is maple syrup, which was tapped last spring and saved especially for this CSA share! Another is the honey, a first for our CSA shares as we have never before had the quantity necessary to place a jar in each CSA share. A threshold has been crossed with the number of hives we have, thus allowing us to provide these premium superior products to you all. More on this later. All in all, I hope you all are as happy to receive this share, as we are to have produced these special contents for you.

The breakdown is as follows:

Acorn Squash: Finally, truly ripe- as evidenced by the bright orange ground spots. Better and better as the fall deepens.

Apples: Honeycrisp: Here they are again, one of Minnesota’s favorite apples. Developed and grown as a truly Minnesota apple and nowhere do they taste as they do here.

Apples: Sweetango: In our opinion, another wonderful local apple. Enjoy these from the “fridge” from where they deliver an incredible snappy sound when eaten. A one of a kind apple…

Broccoli: Cut fresh and ready for consumption. Our weather has left this broccoli sweet and flavorful. Enjoy steamed, boiled, or raw.

Carnival Squash: Sweet, smooth, and ready for the oven. Warm up a cool night with this squash.

Green Pepper: It doesn’t seem quite possible, but our tunnel peppers have put on another fruit set for our enjoyment. Crisp and thick walled, these are wonderful for salads, stuffing, and snacking.

Honey: This honey started its journey in our apple orchard this spring as our bees worked to pollinate our apple trees. From there, we moved the bees to be closer to our alfalfa and white cider clover and wildflower plantings-free from the fear of pesticides and in a secluded area to avoid molestation by animals and other pests.

Lettuce: Romaine this week is our lettuce variety. Take the leaf away from the stalk and you’ll be sure to enjoy the flavor.

Maple Syrup: Wow- this past March and April seem to be so far gone, but they’ve left us with a great syrup crop to share with you. Enjoy and think of us as you cover those pancakes and French Toast.

Potatoes: The last of our Red Norlands are here for your enjoyment. Maybe with this warm weather a little potato salad?

Raspberry Jam: Certainly the prize content of the box-many thanks to Susan Untiedt for her hard work and sharing. We trust you will enjoy this as much as the Untiedt family does.

Sweet Potatoes: Ok, we’ve probably said enough about growing but we are really “busting our buttons” over this sweet potato crop. Only about once in 5 years do we get a crop (sweet potatoes take 120-130 days to mature), but it looks like this year is one of them. We are just beginning the harvest, but if the weather holds, we will harvest a beautiful crop. This is said to be one of natures most perfect foods-bake them, grill them, or boil them- they really are the best. (The skin set is so light we have not washed them as we didn’t want to skin the fruit too badly)- rinse off the sand- trim the ends and enjoy!

Tomatoes: October 8th and we are still harvesting. Enjoy these while they last!

That’s the breakdown for this week. For some of you, this is the last share of the season and we want to offer our most sincere thank you for your patronage. For those who have extended their share season, we look forwards to providing you with many items not yet ripe for harvest buy getting close such as sweet potatoes, Haralson apples, Fireside, Snowsweet and Keepsake apples, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and so much more. Many, many, many, thanks to you all!

Sincerely,

Farmers Jerry and Crew