Since getting married in November and moving in to Sioux Falls, I have gotten asked what my plans are with Glory Garden, since I am no longer living on my family's farm near Crooks.
When I started Glory Garden the spring I graduated high school, it was just
and 1 mission: to glorify God in all that we do.
Since then, Glory Garden has been blessed with rapid growth thanks to your support- we have increased the variety of products we offer AND the number of families we serve.
Over the past few years, as I have sought to understand your needs, here is what I have heard:
-You want high quality local food (fresh, delicious, and beautiful).
-You want to buy it from someone you trust.
-You have your hands full caring for your families and need to shop quickly and easily.
As I was facing the challenge of growing enough to meet the demand, I began to connect with other growers nearby and realized they were facing the challenge of marketing everything they were already growing. I was thrilled to find that the quality of what they were producing often exceeded what I was growing myself. For example:
-Trevor Gilkerson grows tomatoes and cucumbers in a greenhouse and is able to have them ripe months before mine would ever be ready.
-My lettuce would always go bitter in the summer heat, but Ian Caselli knows how to use shade cloth and frequent watering to keep the lettuce mild and sweet all summer.
-I have NEVER been able to convince broccoli or cauliflower to yield anything worth eating, but Richard Mulder knows the secret.
That's why Glory Garden is making a big shift in 2019: almost everything we offer will be grown by our local partner farmers. This will allow me to do what I do best: give you convenient access to local food, while they do what they do best- produce the best fresh produce, eggs, and honey you have ever tasted.
The result is that you will get a larger selection of high quality fresh produce for a larger part of the year (because some of our growers use greenhouses!).
Thank you so much for coming along on this journey as we make fresh local produce easy and convenient for families in Sioux Falls to access!
We are no longer just 1 girl or 1 garden, but we still have 1 mission: to glorify God by serving YOU!