Saturday, February 16, 2019

ISO Egg Lovers!

Rhode Island Red "in" the nesting box.
Despite the cold temps and mountains of snow, the chickens are enjoying longer days, as well as apples, and some greens from the winter greenhouse.

Eggs are in abundance! We are looking for a few more regular/weekly/biweekly egg customers to enjoy these beautiful brown orbs.

Eggs are $4/dozen. They may be picked up at the farm by arrangement, some regular deliveries are made to New Ulm. Our farm is located 12 mi South of New Ulm, 8 mi North of Madelia, about 25 min East of Mankato.
Brown eggs, with a few blue ones.
Chickens are fed a non-GMO ration, with organic ingredients. They are allowed access to the outdoors year-round, expect on these few exceptionally cold days.

Order by texting Brooke 507-412-7605, messaging on facebook or emailing

Questions? Just holler!

Hard boiled eggs!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

2019 Grafting Classes

We are hosting two fruit tree grafting classes this March - join us in Mankato or the cities!

Falcon Heights - Saturday, March 16th - at The Good Acre
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Mankato - Saturday, March 9th - at Wooden Spoon
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Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $50 / participant

Online Registration

You Bring:
•Large trash bag, & pot/bucket to take your grafts home in.
•Lunch or snack for yourself.

•Two hour classroom portion and two hours for grafting. Hands on learning.

Registration & Payment:
$50 registration must be paid in advance. To reserve your spot register online, email, or call/text 507-412-7605. Mail payment to Alternative Roots Farm, 11197 130th St., Madelia, MN 56062. Registrations requested to be paid by March 1.

•••Learn how to graft your own Fruit trees!•••
In this class we will teach you how to propagate your own apple trees. We will discuss the time-tested techniques of fruit tree grafting including grafting tools, timing, proper scions and rootstocks. Attendees will practice what they learn by “Whip & Tongue” grafting different varieties of apple trees using modern day rootstocks.

Each participant will take home 3 newly grafted apple trees to be planted on your own property. Additional rootstocks available for purchase at class. All materials and tools will be provided for the workshop. Optional: Bring scions of your favorite old apple tree if you would like to graft these at the class. (Call John, 507-439-6541, for tips how to properly collect scions.)

 Online Registration

Sampler CSA Shares Available!

5 Sampler CSA Shares available! $27 eachFeaturing our organic winter greens!

Ready for pick-up/delivery beginning at this time!

Includes: salad greens • pea shoots • 3# apples • apple butter • 1 acorn squash • 1 small butternut squash • applesauce

Pick-up/delivery depends on your location and the day.
Payment - cash or check only.

To order - email, message on facebook, or text Brooke 507-412-7605.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Apples :: Prairie Spy & Connell Red

Let me introduce you to two of our late season apples...Prairie Spy and Connell Red.

You may see one, or both, of these in Winter Apple Shares, if you pick one of those up. I have heard from several people that Connell Red has become their new favorite. Both will be at the farmers market as well!

Prairie Spy and Connell Red apples - late season varieties.

Prairie Spy

A sweet apple with excellent flavor, which only improves in storage. Crisp.  Good sized, firm and dense apples. Great for fresh eating, cooking and storage. An attractive fruit that is cherry red over green-yellow. Introduced in 1940, by the University of Minnesota. Extra long keeping winter storage apple. Keeps 3- 5 months in storage. Stores very well until mid-January, then waning in quality into March.

Connell Red

Very large fruit with a sweet flavor with a hint of pear. Fine-grained flesh is good for fresh eating, salad, and baked apples. The tree is vigorous and weeping. Introduced in 1943, by the University of Minnesota.

How to Get ARF Apples

You can contact us directly, at any time, to get ahold of some apples. Text Brooke 507-412-7605, email, or find us on facebook.

We attend the winter farmers markets in Mankato, with the next date being this Saturday, December 15th, from 10:00-12:00 at Drummers Garden Center. The first January date is the 12th.

Grab a Winter Apple Share - last dates for 2018 are Dec. 15 (Mankato) and Dec. 17 (on farm). Sign up by Dec. 12.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday Winter Apple Shares

Order by this Wednesday for our last Winter Apple Shares for the year!!!

This is a great deal on local, organic apples. Shares are 10 lbs for $22, or 20 lbs for $40. Shares will have 2-3 varieties of late season storage apples, or you can request baking apples.

Pick up either in Mankato this Saturday, December 15 at the Winter Mankato Farmers' Market atDrummers Garden Center & Floral between 10:00-Noon, or at Alternative Roots Farm on Monday, December 17, between 5:00-7:00 pm (rural Madelia).

Fill out the online form:

**Holler with any and all questions!**

Monday, October 8, 2018

Winter Apple Shares Now Available!

A New Apple Offering from Alternative Roots Farm

Sign up for one or more of our Winter Apple Shares - whether you are snacking, baking, or stocking the pantry this is a great, tasty deal!

Grab 10 or 20 lbs per share delivery - create your own program. Choose from four different pick up options throughout late October and November; a December date may be added later on.

10lb Share: $22  •  20lb Share: $40 • Larger quantities may be purchased at $2/lb.

Monday, October 29 - 5:00-7:00 pick up at the farm
Wednesday, November 7 - 4:00-7:00 pick up at the farm (during Fall CSA/Market at the Farm)
Saturday, November 10 - 10:00-12:00 pick up at Mankato Winter Farmers Market (Drummers)
Monday, November 26 - 5:00-7:00 pick up at the farm
A December date may be added later on. 
*Oct. 29 & Nov. 26 Mankato drop offs may be added if enough people sign up from the area.

How to Sign Up

Use the Order Form, or...

Contact us to let us know your:
   •preferred pick up date(s)
   •size of share for your pick up date(s)

Contact via:
   •Text: Brooke 507-412-7605

Payment may be sent to Alternative Roots Farm 11197 130th St., Madelia, MN 56062

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Farmers Markets

A big chill is in the air, Halloween decor is popping up in neighborhoods and thoughts of warm oven baking apple crisps and pies are welcoming.

Farmers' Market season is bringing the best of Fall bounty now! It is not over!

October Farmers Markets and Events

New Ulm Farmers Market - Two more weeks! Sat, Oct. 5 & 13  Running through Oktoberfest.

Market at the Farm - Wednesday, October 17 4:00-7:00 right here at the farm!

Mankato Farmers Market - Four more weeks! Saturdays through Oct. 27.

Makers Space Market - Sunday, October 28 from 12:00-5:00  pin  Mankato Makerspace 1700 3rd Ave.

You can also find our apples every day at Valley Veggies, of Hwy 68, and weekends at Pumpkin Junction at Blue Skye Farms!

Fall CSA Shares and Winter Apple Shares

Two more Fall CSA Shares are available - October 17 and November 7.  See full details.

Coming soon - all new Winter Apple Shares!

Coming soon - Applesauce Shares and Apple Butter Shares!