We not only grow and process nutrient-dense food but also reach out to the local community with both food products and educational opportunities, especially during the pandemic.
These diversified opportunities have no doubt strengthened relationships between our Wolf Ridge farmers and our community members, which may just be the most valuable outcome of our COVID shift. Many wonderful humans invest in the farm because of the purpose it serves and the camaraderie it creates. We will remain a community in a pandemic, but a healthy community must not hesitate to adapt in order to once again thrive. So we move forward, continually rerouting and changing directions all the while keeping fresh two things: the journey that brought us here, and, of course, the produce!
The farm expediently transitioned to viable markets for the 2020 season with funding assistance from the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, and the Duluth Superior Community Area Foundation. Arrowhead Transit delivered over 7,000 pounds of Wolf Ridge produce to the Two Harbors, Chisolm, Ely, and Silver Bay Food Shelves each week. Our crops supported at least 60 families through the 2020 season.
From May – September we offer 30 shares of our weekly harvest to community members, in partnership with Agate Acres Organic Farm (link). Each week, participants receive approximately XX pounds of seasonal, locally grown vegetables and herbs.
The Finland Farmers Market is our outlet for value-added food items such as sorbets, sauces, and frozen pizzas. Items can be pre-ordered for pick-up at the Claire Nelson Center on Thursdays between 5 and 6, or can be purchased on site.
In the summer of 2021, Wolf Ridge will partner with local foodies to offer 8 from-your-own-kitchen LIVE virtual Cook-Alongs. All episodes will feature vegetables in the most recent share. Learn from Finland Food Chain’s Dan Cahill Matthews, Agate Acre’s Emily Richey, Wolf Ridge Farm’s Sarah Mayer, and a few other TBD guest chefs.
In the summer of 2020, we were delighted to invite Finland Teen Campers to become farmers and pizzeria chefs for a day as part of their summer camp experience.