We deliver locally raised fruits & vegetables to 14 schools in the Greater Mankato area. Thanks to grants from the USDA and Minnesota Department of Agriculture, we were able to add light processing equipment in early 2015. This equipment has allowed us to chop, dice and slice vegetables in order to supply schools with more locally raised vegetables in a prepared form. This takes considerable workload off their kitchen staff. Some of the most popular items with area schools have been diced watermelon and cantaloupe, prepared sweet corn, carrots sticks, baby carrots and apples.
In summer of 2015, we started a great relationship with both Hy-Vee stores in Mankato. The wholesale produce market is extremely competitive, but our growers were up for the challenge, supplying both the quality and quantity required for these high-volume markets. We were happy to supply some items to both the hilltop and downtown Hy-Vee stores. Our growers have appreciated this extra high-volume business. Some of the varieties featured in these stores have included head lettuce, bok choy, parsley, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupe, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries.
Since opening in July of 2014, the MVAC Community Supported Agriculture program has brought fresh and local foods to nearly 200 families in the Mankato area. Our summer CSA includes more than 40 varieties of vegetables and fruits, all grown locally and fresh from the farm to you! We also sell bulk quantities to the general public; you don’t have to be a big business to purchase case quantities. We have several customers buy in bulk for their home canning needs and many of them buy in bulk and split cases with friends and family.
SNAP recipients can also take advantage of the Food Hub. Learn more.