About the farm
Chelsea Morning Farm offers CSA farm shares consisting of diversified vegetables, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and apples. It specializes in a wide variety of heirloom tomato and other heirloom crops. It offers additional share options of flower bouquets, maple syrup, pastured pork, Lake Superior herring, and wild rice. In addition to CSA options, it sells heirloom vegetable and herb transplants to backyard gardeners, fresh and fresh-frozen vacuum-packed Lake Superior herring, bulk canning vegetables (as available), maple syrup and balsam holiday wreaths. Service learning and youth education opportunities are also available.
- From the Superior Grown web site
Come on out Saturday, Aug. 21, from 2-6 p.m. at Chelsea Morning Farm in rural Two Harbors, rain or shine for the annual Farm Frolic.
The Frolic is a Lake Superior Farm Beginnings fund-raiser and graduation celebration, as well as a community event celebrating regional food and farming.
It will include a potluck-style local foods feast with a fresh Lake Superior fish fry. Bring a dish to share. Food will be served 4-6 p.m. The event will feature live music with the Kettle River Trio playing classic and original folk, bluegrass, country, and blues music.
A farm stand with local foods will be set up starting at 2 p.m. Bring a cooler with ice to store produce.
There will be face painting, games and activities for kids and adults set up throughout the day. For more information, contact Cree or Jason Bradley at 834-0846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Chelsea Morning Farm at 2955 Highway 3, Two Harbors. The farm is eight miles from the turnoff at Highway 61 and Betty's Pies. Turn into the driveway at the white homestead with turquoise trim and follow parking directions.
Farm Beginnings program
Along with running her own farm, Cree Bradley facilitates the Farm Beginnings program of the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association. It's a year-long educational training and support program that teaches beginning farmers sustainable farming techniques, marketing strategies and business planning.
"People of all different ages and interests come together for a farmer-taught program that is comprehensive," Cree said. "It helps them to see farming as a business, not just a back-to-the-land movement."
"Someone might go into farming thinking they want a raspberry farm, and after evaluating the situation may find out what they really need to do is a blueberry operation," Cree said. The difference between raspberries and blueberries might seem small to a non-farmer. But that kind of analysis and planning is the difference between a thriving farm and one that collapses after a couple years.
The program costs $1,000 per enterprise group (for example, an immediate farm family or business partners) and scholarships are available. More information on the program can be found at www.lakesuperiorfarming.org.