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This year’s Plant Sale offerings have once again been sourced from some of the best local growers. You’ll find an expanded assortment of unique pepper and herb varieties, a wildly beautiful tomato selection, a nearly three-fold increase in edible flowers and pollinator plants, and an array of Japanese vegetables for your garden. Everything at the Plant Sale has been grown to organic standards, with a healthy selection of certified-organic vegetables also available. Read on to learn about this year’s Plant Sale growers.

Glacial Ridge Growers – Glenwood, Minnesota

Glacial Ridge Growers has been using sustainable greenhouse management practices for over 40 years to grow a huge variety of certified organic vegetables and herbs. Gene and Muriel Stark began their growing operation in the 1970s and now, with their son Jeremiah as head of production, propagate and grow plants in west-central Minnesota. In addition to a large array of native plants, they also grow and supply Mississippi Market with beautiful annuals, hardy perennials, and an array of organic vegetables and herbs. All of their plants are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or other harmful chemicals. Their greenhouses are state of the art, allowing them to closely control growing conditions while successfully implementing the use of beneficial predatory insects for all-natural pest control.

Green Earth Growers – Prior Lake, Minnesota

Since 2004, owners Jenny Hotz and Jolea Gress of Green Earth Growers have been committed to producing an extensive selection of quality annual flowers and vegetables. Located in Prior Lake, Minnesota, Green Earth Growers raises all of their plants in accordance with the national organic standards. This year, we’re carrying their exceptional collection of organic tomatoes including Brad’s Atomic Grape, Dark Galaxy, and Berkeley Tie Die, along with a selection of unusual and tasty vegetables like Mexican Gherkin, Malabar Spinach, and Alpine Strawberries, to name a few.

Rush Creek Growers – Spring Valley, Wisconsin

Located in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, Rush Creek Growers work to bring you the most creative, practical, and delightful plant options for your edible garden. They grow a wide variety of exceptionally interesting plants using innovative, ethical, and environmentally-friendly practices including the use of compost tea, beneficial insects and fungi for disease and pest control, compostable pots, rainwater retention and reuse, and more. This year, we’re featuring an expanded selection of Rush Creek’s herbs, including new varieties of basil, lavender, mint, oregano, rosemary, and scented geraniums, along with all of their favorites we typically carry, and a few unusual ones like Papalos and Patchouli.

Urban Roots – St. Paul, Minnesota

Urban Roots, formerly the Community Design Center of Minnesota, has empowered communities since 1969. Originally a 501(c)3 organization, their mission is to enhance health, wellbeing, and economic opportunities. From offering various community development services across Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and southern Minnesota, they’ve evolved to focus on food and environmental programs since 1996, engaging thousands of youth. Today, they’re a leading youth employer, providing under-resourced, primarily BIPOC youth with economic and educational opportunities through programs like Market Garden, Cook Fresh, and Conservation, addressing critical needs in fresh food access, environmental sustainability, and wellbeing.