Garden Center

Garden Center 2018 Our annual garden center opens its doors on Thursday, May 10 at 10:00 am. Especially fun to note - it's the sixth year making an appearance in our parking lot! Once again, Rush Creek Growers (Spring Valley, WI), Green Earth Growers (Prior Lake, MN) and Glacial Ridge Growers (Glenwood, MN) are providing us with a wide selection of locally-grown, robust garden plants. The shelves are filled with cool and warm season vegetable crops, several varieties of heirloom tomato plants and dozens of pepper plants. Interesting varieties of herbs, berries, melons, native perennials, pollinator plants and so much more keep arriving! Beautiful floral, mixed herb and succulent hanging baskets hang right above the rows of garden plants. New plant varieties and replenishment shipments will continue to arrive throughout the month of May. Plan to visit several times to see what's new on our garden center shelves.  Fill Your Own Bucket Just outside the garden center is a mound of Harvest Moon Blend from

  [caption id="attachment_21233" align="alignright" width="369"] Photo by Susie Hessburg[/caption] Why are these guys having so much fun with some vintage bottles and heirloom tomatoes? Because they excavated the bottles and the tomato seeds from an 1890s homestead privy in Faribault, MN.  Imagine how thrilled they were to discover that the seeds were viable and produced prolific plants with tasty tomatoes, in spite of "crappy" beginnings. Before you pooh-pooh this unlikely discovery, click here to read this fascinating, Growing "Crappy" Tomatoes story, authored by Tracy Donovan from our produce department. This past Spring the Valley Natural Foods Garden Center was able to distribute a few young descendants of these Faribault Privy Tomatoes to customers who were interested in growing an ‘unknown’ heirloom tomato variety. The customers agreed that they would check back in with us at the end of the season to give us their reports. Here, finally, is our forum for reporting in!  Please feel welcome to