WELCOME! To the 2020 growing season! We are excited to get started with our 23rd year! Would you like to join a great group of fun loving people that enjoy working in the dirt? Would you like to learn how we grow all of the beautiful flowers,herbs and veggies? The annual meeting for volunteers and people interested in volunteering is February 1st at the Happy Chef in Mankato, MN. We meet by 9am to order food and the meeting will start at 10am. We plan to wrap it up by noon. If you can be there, please let us know, Happy Chef would appreciate a general head count. You may contact us by text message or Pm on Face Book. Please send texts to 507-327-8702. You may also leave a message at 507-947-3343. Thanks! We will continue to have regular updates on our Face Book page! We look forward to seeing you! :)
Meet Terri and John Anderson
THE HISTORY OF VALLEY VEGGIES
Both my husband, John, and I come from a long line of truck farmers, so it was a natural choice for us. We wanted to make sure our four children stayed out of trouble during their summer vacations from school, and we wanted them to be active. (not sitting inside watching TV and playing video games)
When Valley Veggies began in 1997, it was nothing more than a small trailer and a small canopy at the end of our driveway. We offered just a small variety of produce: sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, and the like. Our children manned the canopy and waved at every passing vehicle to draw attention to the fledgling farm market. Within the next couple of years we upgraded to a larger temporary tent structure on a floor of wood chips. We offered a larger variety of produce.
In 2001 we offered starter plants for sale to the public for the first time. Early in this decade we acquired chickens and began selling certified omega-3 eggs. We also began carrying natural milk, ice cream, yogurt, and other dairy products. We acquired a freezer and, besides our own broiler chickens, we also carried naturally raised pork, beef, elk, and buffalo products.
Soon after this time, in August 2003, I contracted West Nile Fever. In January of 2005, the effects of the virus culminated in heart failure. Valley Veggies was closed for about a year and a half. In 2006, Valley Veggies reopened on a much smaller scale. Our children are now grown-up, and we rely on the labor of volunteers to a greater degree. We're offering more varieties of produce again; and, we added a pick your own patch of herbs and flowers.