Welcome to Annie's Gardens and Greens!

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Welcome to Annie's Gardens and Greens!

This year marks our 19th anniversary.  In November of 2013, I closed the doors to Annie's GreenGrocery in Calmar.  There have been quite a few of you who have asked if I am feeling okay.  To be perfectly honest, I was extremely tired, could not think clearly, gaining weight, amongst other things.  I was diagnoised with hashimoto's thyroiditis a few years ago.  After some detailed blood work, I found that along with my ferritin levels being extremely low, so was my cortisol levels.  Both of these can make one chronically tired, have loss of memory, along with other symptoms.  The doctor also thought that my thyroid should be on the downhill side of burning out.  So, I have had some recouping to do.

2014 is about making changes for me.  There will no longer be plants for sale, nor will I be doing any workshops.  My main focus will be the Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) and the roadside stand.  It is my hopes to erect a building on the farm to sell produce out of and then when we retire the building, use it for family gatherings, as our home is a little small for such events.

Annie's grows heirloom vegetables.  Heirlooms are the original seed, meaning that if you save the seed you will end up with the same plant that you started out with.  Hybrids are plants that take two different plants and their qualities and make it into a "better" plant.  However, you cannot save hybrid seed as it will go back to one of the original plants. 

I have always been very conscience about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and do not use any kind of GMO seeds.  Several years ago, I made the decision to raise all of our seeds in organic soil and compost.  We do not fertilize with chemicals but use only compost.  This makes for a very healthy plant.

Our vegetable gardens will be expanding this year and we also hope to plant more kinds of fruit trees and bushes.  In trying to provide fruit for our CSA, I have found that Iowa does not produce many fruits, as it is quite difficult with our cold winters.  However, we have successfully planted red and gold raspberries and have begun to raise blueberries. 

Be sure to stop in and chat a while and remember to ENJOY!!
Ann

2014 Summer Shares Now Available!

Season #6!!!

2014 Summer Shares Now Available!

Becoming a CSA member at Annie's means that you are purchasing a vegetable share for a period of 22 weeks, beginning the first week of June to the last week of October.  These can either be weekly deliveries or bi-weekly.   If you are looking for more than vegetables, Annie's also has shares that will provide you with fruit, raspberries, strawberries, apples, honey, cheese, and coffee.  You can also try our Staples Shares which features Hansen's milk, butter, S&C Organic eggs, and fresh bread from Dough and Joe Bakery. 

Taking a few weeks off to go on vacation during the summer?  That's okay.  Annie's is capable of extending the growing season with cold frames, so we continue to grow vegetables into December.  Just give us a call and tell us the time you will be gone and no deliveries will be made during that time.  You can resume when you return and we will extend your share into November.  Annie's will also take the time to make your share fit your dietary needs.  We don't want you to receive produce you are unable to consume.  Therefore, if you have allergies to certain types of foods, let us know and we will not include them.  Or possible you just are not able to consume some types of produce, or you really cannot stomach a certain type of produce.  Please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you in creating a produce share that fits your needs.

Buying locally not only keeps monies within your community but it allows you the opportunity to know who is growing your food and how they are growing it.  All of our produce is naturally raised with organic practices.  Annie's was USDA GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) certified in 2010.

We look forward to having you join our CSA and if you are ever in the area, be sure to stop in.  We will be glad to give you a tour!


Greenhouse

Greenhouse

The greenhouse will no longer be selling any kind of plants.  We will be growing plants to transplant into the garden to harvest produce for our CSA members.




To contact us:
30975 Lincoln Rd
Fort Atkinson, IA 52144

Phone: 563-534-7760 or 800-644-7245
Fax: 563-534-7652
E-mail: postmaster@anniesgardensandgreens.com