Country Gardens Vegetables
Flowers, Vegetables, Plants
Bernie Sr. Bertha
Lewisville, Minnesota 56060
Member of Mankato Farmers Market
2016 Farmers Market will be in Best Buy parking lot, across from Old Country Buffet.
Country Gardens was founded in 1985. We headed off for the local Farmers Market, not knowing anything about it. A friend had told us about it, but didn't have any details. We had a good supply of eggs & some overgrown red beets. We arrived in Mankato old town district early on a Saturday morning. There were a crowd of people in a small parking lot. It was the market! A man came up to our car, asked what we had to sell, showed us a place to park. The rest is history, as we are entering our 31st year.
Country Gardens had a high of 18 acres of vegetables at one time. As time went by, we have settled in to a 5 acre spread. 2014, my neighbor, Calvin offered a piece of his farm site. So now we have more room to grow. We do more specialized items now. Our Sangria watermelons are still sought by the customers. Due to the varied nationalities of the customers, we have a lot of ethnic vegetables, such as eggplant, hot peppers, herbs & greens. I have been raising tomatoes in a greenhouse for a number of years. They are ready for sale by mid June & last until the end of October. These are in the ground grown, not hydroponic.
2016; Not much new this year. Just going to do a bang up job with what we have going.
Spring time we offer a limited amount of bedding plants. 2016 will see Wave Petunias, Marigolds, Petunias, & Border Dahlia's. Also a few hanging basket items. We will be selling 10" hanging baskets. Marigolds are in 4-packs. All others in single pots. Also a good selection of vegetable plants. As always we have a great selection of tomato plants. Order vegetable & bedding plants.
Our family is me & my wife, Bertha. We get some help from the grandson & granddaughter, Jordan & Audrianna. Also our daughter Robin helps when she has time.
We have a new leader this summer. Kirsten joined the operation March 9th. She has much experience in greenhouse business, so is part of the reason we are expanding that part of Country Gardens Vegetables. So far Shannon, Amy, Stephanie & Calvin will be helping also.
Lonnie, came to us in summer of 2013. She is a great gal & helps at the Farmers Market. A very good addition there. She retired after 2014 season.
Alex joined our team in 2015. She was attending Mankato State as a senior in the marketing program. She was another excellent helper at the market. I hated to see her go, but she is off to start a career.
We are located halfway between Madelia & St. James, Minnesota, just off of State Highway #60. We welcome visitors any time. You can get a grand tour of the place.
July 17, 2014 Lonnie, Jordan & Bertha. Waiting for 3:30 opening.
Grand kids like to sell at the Market. 2007.
Jordan on the left, Audrianna on the right.