With spring finally here, plans are in full swing to provide members of the STMA, Otsego and Monticello community an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables this summer.
Ashley Darkenwald, owner of Albertville-based inFIT, and author of the book Living Wellness, is teaming up Untiedt’s Vegetable Garden to provide the community fresh and local produce during the Minnesota growing season through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
“Part of inFIT’s mission is inspiring families to optimal health and fitness,” Darkenwald said. “This is done by empowering our clients with the skills, tools and knowledge they need to reach their individual health and fitness goals.” Providing people with quality produce is empowering them to eat healthy, she added.
Since starting the CSA in 2010, Untiedt’s has seen phenomenal growth as the demand for fresh and local produce continues to grow. Partnering with inFIT offers a convenient pickup location, which will make this CSA accessible for more consumers, spokesperson Colleen Quiram stated in a release to NWCToday.
The CSA will run for 17 weeks, beginning mid-June, with a target date now set for June 17. The CSA program is open to the public. Participants do not need to be an inFIT client or Anytime Fitness member to participate.
Each week members will get a minimum of seven different types of vegetables as well as one type of fruit. There is an option for a half share, which feeds a family of 2-3, or a full share, which feeds a family of 4-6. Participants’ share will be available for pick-up at inFIT (and Anytime Fitness) after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Buying into a CSA allows members to have a connection with a farm and understand where and how their produce is grown. Untiedt’s grows over 50 different crops that are included in the CSA throughout the season.
“Living Wellness is the inFIT approach to proven weight loss and dynamic nutrition, which many clients have used during their journey to learn how to nourish their body. Teaming up with Untiedt’s CSA program is one more way we can support our clients and the community in their health and fitness journey,” Darkenwald said.
On a daily basis, Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm, Inc., of Waverly, MN, perseveres in achieving its goal of family, employee and agricultural harmony. Minnesota grown, hand-harvested, locally and sustainably produced, and stewardly decision-making all describe just what Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm attempts to achieve in relationship to this good earth.
For additional information or to sign up for the CSA, please visit Untiedts website, or call 763-658-4672. Availability is limited, so participants should register early.