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Farmers Team Up to Bring Vegetables & Canned Goods to Bismarck

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From the grocery store to farmer's markets, there are lots of ways to get your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
Community Supported Agriculture Farms, better known as CSA's are a new way of supplying those who don't garden with homegrown produce.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin shows you how two farmers are teaming up to grow vegetables for delivery in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

It takes a lot of time and work to grow a garden.
While Darcy Dockter farms this 20 acre parcel north of Steele---
(Darcy Dockter / CSA Farmer) "From potatoes to radishes, Cucumbers, peppers some other root crops, beets and carrots anything and everything. Anything that can grow in NOrth Dakota we grow or try to grow."
Marie Wagner is busy watering and weeding this patch near Driscoll.
(Marie Wagner / CSA Farmer)"A basket in the beginning of the season it will consist of your fresh produce, most fresh produce we like to give our customers they complete benefit of the garden so they get mostly fresh produce, up until cold weather comes. 
Dockter and Wagner teamed up their farming practices to provide their customers a vegetable basket with a twist.
(Marie Wagner / CSA Farmer)"It's the quality of what's in the jar. you can go and buy literally canned goods and it's just not the same as homegrown, farm fresh in a jar. Nothing beats a mason jar."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "What makes Country Harvest unique--is not only will your basket come with fresh vegetables to enjoy during the summer, but canned goods to last long into the winter."
(Marie Wagner / CSA Farmer)"Once the cold weather hits than canned goods will slowly start kicking in. It's anywhere from salsa to pickled beets to sauerkraut and then I do 21 flavors or jams and jellies." 
Both farms use organic farming practices such as growing tomatoes and peppers between rye strips.
(Darcy Dockter / CSA Farmer) "There is some cover crops that are planted and the sustainability that is put into the garden. It takes more to have a garden because I am following organic practices, so I have to plant cover crops, till those down for fertilizer and let land sit for a year."
Dockter and Wagner say farming is a passion that's been in their blood since they were kids and would both like to make work like this their full time jobs.
(Marie Wagner / CSA Farmer) "We are trying to make it our literally full time jobs and I think that is going to be better not only for us but for our members. We have the personable one on one customer base."
(Darcy Dockter / CSA Farmer)"It's more towards leaning towards the relationship with the customer. So I can get a one on one relationship with the customer. So they know who I am what I grow and I can basically find out what they want to feed their families and put on their table. "

Country Harvest CSA will be hosting an open house August 24th for both current members and those wanting to learn more about the farms.
Country Harvest drops off produce every Friday in Bismarck.
You can call Marie at 226-6078  or Darcy at 269-5699.


 

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