Sunday, May 30, 2021

Frost Damage in the Orchard


What looked like a promising year in the orchard has dramatically taken a different turn. We thought we had escaped the multiple frosts this spring while the apple trees were starting to bloom and then again frost during full bloom on some varieties. We were mistaken. The cold temps of May 10th and 11th during the bloom period caused substantial damage to the blossoms, in some varieties there may be little to no fruit at all.

As our farm has made changes over the years we have gradually shifted towards more fruit; we were aware of the increased risk in that transition. Well here we are today realizing that risk. It’s going to be a tough year on the farm financially, but the cost to our well being might be more. Brooke and I are going to have to have tough conversations about the farm operation and how it all works; basically what can we cut and how can we supplement. It’s all going to take creative thinking, better use of our resources and overall become more “lean”. While we could sit with our heads in our hands and feel sorry for ourselves that reaction will not help anything. We are as resilient and the perennial plants we care for. Things will definitely be different this year but I can already see the positive aspects of our situation.


We will be pausing our sign up of Apple Shares at this time. Please contact us if you would like to be on a wait list, if we are able to re-open sign up.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Fall Apple Shares Available!

 Fall Apple Share Offerings for 2021

You asked, so you got it - an extended option is now available! Plus more!!



Each week enjoy a 4 lb bag of fresh & local apples.
Each bag sports 1-2 varieties of our organic apples. A mix of standard, lesser known and old heritage types. We'll send out a short weekly newsletter, with apple facts, orchard notes and a recipe or two. Begins the first week of September.

Two pick up locations - the farm store (Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays), or Saturdays at the Mankato Farmers Market.

$54 :: 6 week Fall Apple Share
$70 :: 8 week Fall Apple Share *best price

*4 lbs not enough? The option to sign up for 2 shares is available.

*New Bonus ... One week opt for a 10lb bag of seconds instead (great for preserving). Also, get first dibs on other Fruit Shares that may become available (raspberries, apricots, plums).

Add to your Fall Apple Share Experience
Add on apple products and Winter Apple Shares.

Apples Plus!  ::  $30
Add more apple goodness to your Fall Apple Shares - includes 3 apple butter and 3 applesauce - 1 each week, picked up with your with Fall Apple Share. Available for Fall Apple Share members only.

November Apple Share  ::  $22
A 10 lb bag of table apples for fresh eating, baking or preserving. Primarily late-season storage varieties. This share will land 2-3 weeks following the 8 week Fall Apple Shares and 1-2 weeks before Thanksgiving.

December Apple Share  ::  $22
A 10 lb bag of table apples for fresh eating, baking or preserving. Primarily late-season storage varieties. This share will land a month after the November Apple Share and 1-2 weeks before Christmas.

Applesauce Share  ::  $65
A dozen jars of our clean-eating applesauce. Made with our delicious organic apples, a touch of local honey and organic lemon juice. Choose preferred month of pick up.

Apple Butter Share  ::  $18
A 4-pack of our Sweet Cider & Spice Apple Butter. Made with our organic apples, organic spices and a touch of local honey. Great to spread on toast, dress up oatmeal, yogurt or pancakes, or to craft into a delicious BBQ sauce for your ARF pork!



Please contact us at info@alternativerootsfarm.com or via Facebook with any questions.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Spring Renewal & Trepidation

The rapid change from winter to spring has created quite the buzz around the orchard.

Apricots have more flower buds than ever, apples went from “green tip” to “tight cluster” in 2 days and disease management went from a normal ramping up to turbo mode.
While we welcome spring renewal and rebirth, it keeps us on edge during the season of frost. Frost can dramatically affect the amount of fruit we have during a season, especially during this time.
Despite that trepidation we are hopeful for a fantastic year at the orchard!





Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Eggpocolypse!!!

 Eggpocolypse!!!

It’s our slow season, so the eggs tend to stack up. We need a few more egg customers to pop in the farm store and enjoy the happy hens hard work!!
Deliveries considered, by arrangement and depending on quantity.
$4/dz free ranged eggs, chickens raised outside with organic feed.
Thank you!!



Friday, March 26, 2021

Website Update In Progress

Hey folks! I haven't been too good about posting over here, but please watch for updates and more regular posts. Follow along on facebook and instagram as well.

The farm store is open year round Monday-Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm. We have plenty of eggs for Easter! The last of the winter greens will be in store likely until Easter.

We are looking forward to rhubarb, asparagus and green garlic this spring! 

Eggs, applesauce and apple butter are always in season.


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Monday, December 14, 2020

What's In Store December 14

Apologies! I'm terrible at keeping this updated this season...apparently. Updates are made regularly on facebook.

You'll want to stop in before the holiday!!

Greens are abundant. Raw cider is in stock. Onions and garlic are going to run out within a few weeks.

*Closed December 24-26

*Apples - nearing the end of the season, stock up!

*Raw Apple Cider - likely the last batch, maybe another small one

*Applesauce Shares - always available! 12 quarts for $65









What's In Store

Onions - $2/lb, $5/3lb bag *Red onions only now
Garlic - $5/5 oz container *a couple weeks worth left
Eggs - $4/dz
Microgreens - $5/2oz clamshell - zesty, mild, radish (stock varies)
Pea Shoots - SALE $4/2oz clamshell, $13/half lb
Salad greens - $5/1/4lb bag
Arugula greens - $5/1/4lb bag *last call
Apples - $7.50/3lb bag *maybe a month's worth left - stock up!
--varities: Honeygold, Haralson, Prairie Spy
Applesauce - $6
Apple Butter - $5
Apple Rings - $3/3oz bag *making an appearance later this week, stock varies
Elderberry Syrup Kits - $15 - 1 left
Herbal Tinctures - $15 - do your research please!
   Chaga (anti-cancer properties), Stinging Nettles (great for seasonal allergies), Motherwort (anxiety, 
   PMS, cramps, menopause), Willow Bark (natural pain relief), Holy Basil (stress, adaptogen, system
   restorative).

tips for the farm store

•One family unit in the store at a time please.
•Bring your reusable bag please.

•Self serve, exact change cash/check please, or pay via Venmo.
•Holler anytime with questions - my cell # is up in the store.

Monday, November 9, 2020

What's In Store: November


Hey folks! It's that time of year where you think of farm fresh good winding down, but that's not true! We are just coming into a new abundance of goods, with the passive solar winter greenhouse coming into full swing!! Some storage crops are still available, as well as apples and canned items, which go year round!

*Closed Thanksgiving week - grab your apples for baking/snacks, etc, greens, garlic and more, this week or next.

*Raw Apple Cider - watch facebook for updates

*Applesauce Shares - now available for order. Case of 12 for $65.









What's In Store

Onions - $2/lb, $5/3lb bag *yellow onions almost gone
Garlic - $5/5 oz container *a few weeks worth left
Eggs - $4/dz
Microgreens - $5/2oz clamshell - zesty, mild, radish, arugula (stock varies)
Pea Shoots - SALE $4/2oz clamshell, $12/half lb
Salad greens - $5/1/4lb bag *availability varies week to week with growth in the greenhouse
Arugula greens - $5/1/4lb bag *early winter only!
Apples - $7.50/3lb bag *maybe a month's worth left - stock up!
--varities: Honeygold, Haralson (great baker) & a limited amount of Connell Red & Fireside, Regent
Applesauce - $6
Apple Butter - $5
Apple Rings - $3/3oz bag
Elderberry Syrup Kits - $15 - instructions included
Herbal Tinctures - $15 - do your research please!
   Chaga (anti-cancer properties), Stinging Nettles (great for seasonal allergies), Motherwort (anxiety, 
   PMS, cramps, menopause), Willow Bark (natural pain relief), Holy Basil (stress, adaptogen, system
   restorative).

tips for the farm store

•One family unit in the store at a time please.
•Bring your reusable bag please.

•Self serve, exact change cash/check please, or pay via Venmo.
•Holler anytime with questions - my cell # is up in the store.