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Meet the Owners Who Are Also Growers

One of the best parts of our cooperative business model is that owning a grocery store together creates a sense of community for our shoppers, and that sense of community comes full circle when our owners also become our suppliers. Learn more about a few of the Menomonie Market Food Co-op suppliers who not only grow and deliver products for our produce department throughout the year but have also invested in ownership of our store!

Baruk Yah
Located in Menomonie, Wisconsin

Nathan, Constance, and their son, Yasher, operate Baruk Yah, a certified organic farm. They currently raise hens for eggs and forage herbs and plants that grow wild on their property. In the coming years, they will also be exploring making maple syrup and growing berries.

Wheatfield Hill Organics
Located in Durand, Wisconsin

The Kees family runs Wheatfield Hill Organics, a fifth-generation certified organic farm. They raise beef cattle, forage their land, produce confectioneries, and grow a variety of produce, including sweet corn, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries, and more.

Mary Dirty Face Farm
Located in Menomonie, Wisconsin 

Rachel, Anton, and their two children grow specialty fruits and vegetables, including apples, berries, and more on their farm. They built all of the infrastructures on their 60-acre property and utilize solar power and rainwater to power and irrigate their farm.

Sylvan Hills Farm
Located in Menomonie, Wisconsin

Jackie Kujak and Larry Diehlman operate Sylvan Hills Farm just a few miles from our store outside of Menomonie. Formerly a CSA farm, they’ve recently focused on growing unique varieties of garlic. 

Racing Heart Farm
Located in Colfax, Wisconsin

Les and Els are first-generation farmers who grow a variety of vegetables, including cucumbers, melons, corn, and much more, for their CSA customers (and our shelves) without the use of heavy machinery.

Hive & Hollow
Located in Menomonie, Wisconsin

In 2018, Sarah Lambert-Freeman transformed the shed on our property into a floral shop called Hive & Hollow. She offers locally-sourced flowers, plants, art, and more with a focus on sustainability.

This article was originally published in the August/September 2020 issue of our bi-monthly newsletter, The Morsel. If you’d like to read more stories like this one and stay up to date on the latest co-op news and events, pick up a print copy in-store on your next grocery run or find more news on our website here.

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