The Veggie-Table Farmstand

Take a lemonade stand, switch the sweet summery drink with crate-fulls of vine-ripened tomatoes, peppers, and state-fair-sized potatoes, and ramp up the cute factor by 1000%.

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That should give you an accurate mental image of my Labor Day weekend visit with some friends in Maplewood.  They moved to the twin cities from Wisconsin too, and have a lovely home with their four children right next to a park with trails and plenty of yardspace for gardening!  {I’m not jealous, I swear!}

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Maybe a little.

We were able to get our veggies for a steal, and the company was lovely too!  Inside, Jon was making tomato paste from scratch, and I’m pretty sure their entire pantry is full of canned vegetables and sauces that will keep the family of six full all winter long!  What a beautiful way to care for the earth surrounding their home as well as their little ones.

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Surprise! When they composted last year’s Halloween pumpkins, no one expected the compost pile to sprout a pumpkin patch!

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Love the green and gold. It’s football season, after all!

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As a teacher, I was equally impressed with the little ones’ ability to interact with customers {and create adorable veggie marketing strategies – colorful signs welcomed passersby, and dancing with peppers in hand never hurts.} Their smiles were enough for us to purchase a bag full of home-grown goodies, supporting these entrepreneurs-in-training.

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Thanks for a fabulous farmstand visit, Martens family!

xoxo

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