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Sept. 3, 2018
An e-commerce garden north of Sioux Falls is having a U-Pick Harvest Party and Farm Tour on Wednesday night.
“For $10, you can get a lot of food,” said Anna Maifeld, owner of Glory Garden. “It’s a good opportunity for people asking for a chance to see the farm.”
With the Labor Day holiday, she decided to have the harvest party rather than taking the typical weekly orders. She hosted a similar event in June when she was on vacation.
On Wednesday, customers can pick as much as they want from the garden for $10. There are bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, eggplants, green onions, hot peppers, kale, swiss chard, turnips, raspberries and parsley, sage and basil.
They’ll be able to buy already harvested potatoes and onions by the pound.
Glory Garden will provide harvesting buckets, knives, plastic bags and twist ties. Customers should bring reusable shopping bags to take the produce home.
Maifeld started Glory Garden at her family’s home four years ago as a way to give vegetable buyers a better option. Unlike the community-supported agricultural membership model, she wanted customers to be able to buy only what they wanted.
She used email and a Google Docs form for taking orders, but last year created a website with a full e-commerce platform. On Fridays, she updates the website – glorygarden.org – with whatever’s ripe and takes orders until Monday morning. Customers can choose from several sites to pick up their produce on Tuesdays.
Two businesses – Poet and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield – also serve as drop-off sites as a perk for their employees. “I’m looking to do more of that next year,” she said of the relationship with businesses.
As the business has progressed, Maifeld has been making connections with other growers and selling their goods through her site. She’s working with 10 producers, helping provide a market for their eggs, honey, microgreens and other items.
“I had a vision shift over the winter,” she said, realizing that her talents for organization and marketing could allow her to help other producers find customers.
“I would like to be sourcing most things from other producers,” she said.
“I love to be able to let them do that (produce what they’re good at) and to get out and find the customers for them.”
For this growing season, Maifeld expects to be selling produce through the website until mid-October or the end of that month.
The harvest party is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Glory Garden. The farm is at 47042 258th St., about 1 1/2 miles west of the Crooks exit on Interstate 29.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect rescheduling to Wednesday because of expected rain Tuesday.
An online garden north of Sioux Falls is having a U-Pick Harvest Party and Farm Tour on Wednesday night.