Learn more about the food we sell
The Fruits of Our Labors
Bear Creek Farm is family owned and family operated. One reason we wanted to get to a small farm or acreage was that we wanted to be able to have a large garden and some animals in order to raise some of the food that we eat and to know that it is raised ethically and without the use of chemicals that we do not want on our food or in our bodies. The farm means hard work, but also a good, honest lifestyle which gives us a real sense of accomplishment. We have been blessed to have a large enough property that we can share the fruits of our labors with others. We hire a minimal amount of help, so that means most of the work is done by our family. When you come and support our farm and our family, you see the faces of those who are doing the chores, the hoeing, the cultivating, the weed pulling, the picking, the fertilizing, the selling, and . . . well you get the idea. So if you have questions most any of the help has a great understanding of the farm and can answer questions. We are happy to share our practices with our customers. We encourage you to get to know where your food comes from and the work involved in raising that food. We encourage you to buy locally and get to know the farmers that are producing your food. Food is life. We want you to understand the difference between "conventionally" raised food and "organic" food. It does not come down to there not being pesticides on the food product alone. Is it grown in live soil or dead soil? Is it produce loaded with nutrition or just produce? Does it support good health or just fill a void and supply minimal nutrition?
Asparagus is a herbaceous, perennial plant whose shoots are edible and very nutritious. Asparagus can be found in green and purple varieties. The purple varieties have a higher sugar content and less fiber. You can also find white asparagus, which is actually green asparagus which has been shaded from sunlight by mounding dirt over the shoots before getting exposed to the sunlight. We grow both purple and green asparagus.
Nutritionally, asparagus is a superfood. It is high in folic acid which helps fight liver disease and helps prevent neurological birth defects during pregnancy. It is packed with vitamins and minerals (see this link for nutritional information). Asparagus is also a natural diuretic which helps get rid of excess salt and will flush out toxins from the kidneys and help prevent kidney stones. We could write full articles about how healthy asparagus is, but that has already been done -- why duplicate work.
In Minnesota, strawberries may be the quintessential fruit of summer. There is nothing like the flavor of a locally grown, vine ripened strawberry. Unlike many foods that cause us delight, strawberries are actually really good for you. A superfood, strawberries are good source of folic acid, vitamin C, fiber, anthocyanins and quercetin. With a glycemic index of 4, strawberries are unlikely to cause blood sugar spikes. Many studies have shown health benefits of strawberries for the heart (hypertension & lowering cholesterol), cognitive function & even cancer prevention.
Be careful when selecting your locally grown berries because these beauties may look great and taste delicious, but if sprayed with chemicals they will absorb it and hold on tight. If consuming chemicals often related with negative health conditions is okay with you, have at it. As for our strawberries, you can rest assured that the only things sprayed on them is organic fertilizer. We minimize spraying by using a granular fertilizer as our main fertilizer.
We raise a variety of laying chickens and ducks. All year they are fed an organic, non-GMO, no corn/soy feed, but on warmer days and all summer long they are free range birds. That does not mean they are allowed into a chicken run to have access to a limited amount of bugs and greens -- they are free! Free to roam about the farm and do what birds do. Free to eat bugs or to have a mixed greens salad. That freedom makes for happy birds and more nutritious eggs than your typical, store-bought egg. Watch this very informative , short video for more information on the differences.