FAIRMONT — Are you interested in growing perennial vegetables and/or fruit for family use or to sell to the public? Dean Maschoff of Elm Creek Veggies, 1846 190th Ave., Fairmont, is hosting a walking tour of his farm from 9 a.m. to noon July 27.
Maschoff has grown and sold vegetables at his roadside stand since 2010. He specializes in asparagus, tomatoes, garlic and cucumbers. He has also planted many shrub and perennial plant varieties producing fruits and nuts, including hazelnut, black chokeberry (aronia), juneberries, elderberries, honeyberries, currants and others. All of these perennial plants can be grown in a home or community food forest (z.umn.edu/cfoodforest).
Dean uses passive solar greenhouses to start his tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other
plants. He has low tunnel greenhouses for growing the veggies. One of his low tunnels has a high density of tomatoes growing with no cages. He regularly has ripe tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers by the first of July.
Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota Extension Educators will join the tour to assist with questions and outreach education.
No pre-registration is required. This walking tour is free and open to the public.