Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 8  -  August 2017

Goose Lake Farm Stand opens


But in many cases it had to be their own table. Although Minnesota supported the Cottage Food industry, it was tightly limited as to how home baked food could be sold to others.

Then on July 1, 2015, the law was changed. It required registration, food safety knowledge and labeling, but more items could be sold from home. Maybe…Peggy thought, maybe a long held dream might be possible. Although she was licensed to sell some things off the farm– like her Earthy Mama line of jams, jellies, pickles and more – she might be able to have a business right on the farm.

And last year she noticed an old classroom/garage that was going to be demolished on the King School grounds.

The two came together. Steve and Peggy had the building moved to a new concrete slab on their property near Spring Lake, and on June 30 the Goose Lake Farm Stand was born.

Part of the Minnesota Grown network, the little store carries Peggy’s own canned and baked goods and eggs; Cheviot wool from her flock; and vegetables in season. She also has local crafts, honey from the Cohasset beehives of Jim Johnson and wild rice.

But what she hopes sets the Farm Stand apart is in the large freezer; custom processed, USDA inspected, antibiotic- and hormone-free pork products.

There are selections from smoked pork chops and snack sticks to over a dozen flavors of bratwurst. Deciding what to offer took a lot of taste-testing, she laughs, but some of the flavors include Sweet Vidalia Onion, feta cheese and spinach, pineapple, wine and garlic, and for those less adventurous, regular brats.

Two of her early best sellers are cranberry wild rice summer sausage, she said, and the Old Fashion Franks where she has already sold three quarters of her stock.

That stock will be growing. When her garden comes into production, she will have tomatoes, zucchini, cabbage, green beans, peppers, yellow squash and maybe eggplant. And this month she will also offer chicken from the farm.

The Goose Lake Farm Stand will be open until October, and she expects to reopen on Fishing Opener next year. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon daily, after hours by appointment at (218) 244-2300. The Farm Stand is located just west of Spring Lake on County Rd. 4, seven miles from Talmoon.

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