Portraits of Three Young Farmers
a story by Roseanne Pereira in Heavy Table.
When I first see Laura Frerichs at her 40-acre farm in Hutchinson, MN, there’s a blue cloudless sky and the sun is shining. As I drive up, I can see the fields to the left, a greenhouse, and Frerichs in jeans, glasses, and a wide hat. She stands before a scale and starts weighing a watermelon for a customer. She chats about the watermelon crop with the local resident who is picking up the melon as part of a CSA box.
Later, she tells me that the connections she has with her customers are among the best parts of her job, because they truly value what her farm does. “You’re their personal farmer… after they’ve been getting their veggies from you for five years, that’s a real relationship,” she says.
Frerichs, 30, and her husband Adam Cullip, 31, are in their sixth growing season at Loon Organics, and Frerichs estimates that they are the youngest farmers in the area by about 15 years. They are growing 50 different crops this season – everything from salad greens and sweet corn to broccoli, celery, and romanesco, a fractal vegetable that Frerichs tells me is like a cross between cauliflower and broccoli.
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