Farm specializing in micro greens and salad greens.
Kayla Elefson and Eric Elefson
Have you always been a farmer?
Both my husband and I grew up on hobby farms. We returned to farming from artistic backgrounds upon some health needs. We are in our second year of farming and currently farm as well as dance and act.
What’s your favorite or least favorite vegetable?
Favorite vegetable is tough, I love so many. Least favorite at the moment would be eggplant. I haven’t quite figured out a good way to make it yet. That being said I used to despise peppers, summer squash, and onions and after learning how to cook them these are now three of my favorite things to eat!
What’s your favorite thing to get from other vendors at the market?
My favorite thing to get from other vendors is fennel and sweet corn. We don’t grow either so it is such a treat to pick them up. I also love getting treats from the vendors who are making things gluten and sugar free.
What question do people not ask you at the market that you wish they did?
I wish more people asked about how to use microgreens. So many people see the greens and their minds go to salad but microgreens are so much more than salad! Microgreens can find their way into any meal and will almost always enhance the dish. Along with being tasty they are also add essential nutrients in high doses. Some of our favorite ways to enjoy microgreens are on pizza, in tacos, sautéed in stir fry, topping eggs and for making pesto.
Do you have a favorite market memory?
I love being at the markets and I have a few favorite memories…
One of my favorite market memories actually happened on a week I was sick and couldn’t make it to the market. One of our weekly customers, an older woman named Lou, noticed I was missing. She asked my husband where I was and upon learning I was sick she sent my husband home with a hug for me.
A second favorite memory was when a young man, 9 years old or so, came to our stand and bought, with his very own two dollar bills he had been saving, a package of our sunflower shoots.
What’s the best advice you’ve gotten about farming?
Our farmer mentor gave us the advice “…be really clear about how you want to set up life…” This has really allowed us to maintain focus on why and how we are farming and make decisions that account for both our personal and business lives.
What do you do when you’re not doing work for your farm?
When I am not farming I enjoy traveling, exploring the Saint Croix River Valley, cooking and baking, spending time with family and playing with my kitties.