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Our commitment to local farmers

Some of
the best produce in the country is grown
right here in Minnesota
, which is why we’re committed to offering fruits
and vegetables from local growers whenever possible. It’s our way of supporting
the local economy, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing you the freshest
possible produce every single day.

Meet some
of our partners:

Axdahl’s Garden Farm & Greenhouse:
Featuring top-quality sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini,
cucumbers and more, grown in the fertile St. Croix Valley of Stillwater.

Bushel Boy Farms: Grown
down in Owatanna, Bushel
Boy tomatoes
are sent right to our stores within days of being picked.
Their tomatoes are grown year-round in greenhouses to help conserve water.

Costa Farm: This family-owned farm,
located in White Bear Lake, has been in business since 1925. They farm 80 acres
of vegetables and have been recognized for their high-quality fresh produce.

Doug Dose
Located in Rochester, this farm is proud to provide Lunds & Byerlys
with the perfect pumpkin. These pumpkins would make Charlie Brown proud!

Ed Fields
and Sons:
The Fields family farm has called Anoka home for
generations, growing fresh carrots, radishes, green onions, parsnips, turnips,
kohlrabi and beets.

Fireside Orchard and Gardens: Located
just outside of Northfield, this 40-acre farm has been around since 1985 and
offers over 20 apple varieties.

Yours Farm:
Located near Hinckley, Forever Yours Farms grows
certified organic fresh living basil
and assorted organic herb varieties.

Fresh Bar:
was created by a pair of Minnesota twins, Will Handke and Ross Pomeroy
(yes, different last names); the result of their effort is Fresh Bar. Will and
Ross’s goal was to make a snack bar with natural, whole ingredients that tastes
great, is healthy and maintains its straight-out-of-the-oven texture.

Schmidt Farm
Providing our stores with a fantastic array of beautiful vine-ripened heirloom
tomatoes and an excellent vine-ripened hybrid red tomato. Grown without
herbicides or pesticides in Winsted, Minnesota.

Gray Potato Farm: This
fourth-generation family farm in Clear Lake, Minnesota, has supplied red
potatoes to Lunds & Byerlys for 10 years. They also raise sweet corn,
soybeans, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

American Farmers:
We are proud to partner with the Hmong American Farmers Association
(HAFA). They are a nonprofit organization that was created in 2011 to serve,
support and advocate for Hmong American farmers and their families.

Joe Zywiec Vegetable Farm: Located
in Cottage Grove, this exceptional sweet corn farm has been in business for 73

From nearby Apple Valley, the Pahl family farms
have been a local favorite for many years. They grow a variety of fresh produce,
including the new variety of Tasti-Lee tomatoes and the MinneSweet peppers.

Pepin Heights Orchard: In
business since 1949, Pepin
was the first commercial grower of Honeycrisp
apples. Today, they’re Minnesota’s largest apple grower, as well as the largest
grower and distributor of Honeycrisp apples in the nation. In addition to
Honeycrisp, they offer over a dozen different varieties of apples and partner
with the University of Minnesota to plant and test new apple varieties.

Riverside Farms: Located
in Elk River since 1980, Riverside offers over 450 acres of sweet corn,
cabbage, green peppers, summer squash, winter squash and pumpkins – all grown
using environmentally-friendly farming methods.

Salad Girl: The original “salad girl”
Pam Powell got her start as a dishwasher at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake before
she started producing homemade organic salad dressings. Today, Salad
Girl Dressings
are available in a variety of flavors inspired by seasonal
garden flavors, herbs, spices and colors.

Seed of
Change Farm:
Alex Smrekar is proudly known as the “Pepper King.”
Alex has a vast education in agriculture and knowledge of a multitude of
varieties of hot peppers. His farm also has many unique varieties of eggplants.

Brook Farms:
Located in Foley, Stoney
Brook Farms provides us with a variety of decorative pumpkins of all sizes
for decorating and eating.

Cities Harvest:  
It’s taken five generations and nearly 100 years
to produce the best corn you’ve ever eaten: Amaize
is a white sweet corn with crisp yet tender kernels and a flavor that’s
unsurpassed. It’s grown in Minnesota and available exclusively at Lunds &

Valley Farm:
Family owned since 1947, Vine Valley Farm rests 60
miles west of the Twin Cities near Hutchinson. They use sustainable farming
practices to create healthier, locally grown produce.

In addition to our Minnesota partners, we also work with the following
Iowa and Wisconsin farmers:

Valley Farms:
This family-owned farm is located in an isolated
valley in southwestern Wisconsin and best known for its season-long, high-quality
salad mix
, sauté greens and spinach. Owner Richard de Wilde has over 40
years of experience growing organic vegetables.

Hill & Valley Farms:Certified organic growers
from the fertile valleys of Viroqua, Wisconsin. These farms provide high
quality organic produce from the co-operative efforts of Amish farmers.

Fresh, locally grown herbs from Grinnell, Iowa – picked, packed and
shipped for the freshest cut herbs available.

St. Croix
Valley Produce:
Baldwin, Wisconsin is home to this co-operative of
Amish farmers who proudly grow some of the finest organic produce available.

We value
the relationships we’ve built with local
! Look for signs posted throughout our produce department with photos
and stories of our local growers and their families.