By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN - Mike and Mindy Housman of Dassel believe in healthy, organically-grown food, and that “real” food is free of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, pesticides, and hormones.
On their farm just four miles north of Dassel, the Housmans welcome the public to their home every Friday so people can get a taste of the organic life.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Housmans have their own farmer’s market, where people can come and purchase organically-grown foods and even get a tour of the farm.
“It’s like a petting zoo,” Mike said.
Kids and adults alike have enjoyed walking around the farm, seeing the different animals and just how an organic farm works.
“My goal is to educate people so they can learn how to grow things themselves to be more self-sufficient,” Mindy said.
During the summer, the Housmans have a variety of vegetables and produce whatever is in season and fresh herbs.
Some of the fresh herbs include basil, parsley, oregano, chives, sage, cilantro, mint, rosemary, dill, chamomile, and more.
“There are so many uses for herbs,” Mindy said, giving both medicinal and culinary benefits.
Herbs can be used for tea or spices. Chamomile tea, for example, can help induce sleep and soothe an upset stomach. Mindy also mentioned using parsley to make tea for when someone isn’t feeling good, as well.
Fresh fruits are also available in season including apples and raspberries. In the future, the Housmans will have blueberries and strawberries for sale.
Year-round, the Housmans have eggs and goat milk and the opportunity to pre-order chickens and turkeys.
The broiler chickens, used for meat, are in movable pens so they always have fresh grass and an abundance of bugs to eat. The hens and turkeys are free-range.
The Housmans also make boxelder syrup made from the trees, not from the bug!
Boxelder syrup is made from boxelder trees, which are in the maple tree family and tastes similar to maple syrup, Mindy explained.
To learn more about Housman Farms, visit housmanfarms.blogspot.com.
The farm is located less than five miles north of Dassel on 278th Street. Look for the farmer’s market sign.