Radio Interviews

Many Market members have been interviewed on KAXE radio.

Winter Farmers Market – 11/17/2022
We talk with Wililyn Dowell and Jesse Davis about the winter farmers market.

Raising Chickens
We talk with Bill Boutang from Prairie River Farm in Tamarack about their chickens.

Pickled Rutabaga Anyone?
We talked canning with Kristi Neary of Rock Meadow Farms. Kristi and her mom, Luann Grover, can and pickle a variety of foods to sell at the Grand Rapids Farmers Market. They also offer baked goods, including breads and cookies. Kristi described how she and her mom can almost anything. They spend hours and hours every day in the kitchen. Pickled rutabaga anyone???

Albin Alto Farm
We talk with Jesse Davis of Albin Aalto Farm near Trout Lake Township about growing Garlic in Northern MN.

Block Farms
We talked with Ronald Block of Block Farms in Balsam Township.

Beginning of the Farmer’s Market Season
We talked with Kent Lorentzen, manager of the Grand Rapids Farmer’s Market, about the first day of the Market this Spring.

Active Farming with Ben and Carol
Carol Kelt and her grandson Ben Clayton talked about their farm outside of Grand Rapids. Ben is a recent graduate from the U of M Crookston with a degree in Agronomy.

Jabbin’ with Jane
Jane Grimsbo Jeweet joins us again to talk about Willow Sedge Farm and happenings in the Sustainable Farming Movement.

Dawn of Boondock Enterprises
Dawn Mollason of Boondock Enterprises in Swatara talks to Maggie about meats, jams, jellies, and herbs.

Jane Grimsbo Jewett – 10/21/09
We talked with Jane out at Willow Sedge Farm in Palisade about the change in season and what that means at her farm, and we got advice for raising urban chickens.

Nordic Ridge Pumpkin Patch – 10/7/09
Gene Eklin at the Nordic Ridge Pumpkin Patch in rural Bovey talked about the growing season, varieties, marketing, etc

James and Penny Bocinsky, Clearwater Country Store in Wabana Twp – 9/16/09
They have a large garden, sell produce at the GR Farmers Mkt. Their big sellers are Penny’s bread products, including caramel rolls. And they demonstrate and sell Country Living Grain Mills at the Market and through their store in Wabana Township. They also sell through their store Bosch Mixers and other bread-making supplies. They get their grains from Natural Way Mill in Middle River, MN…

Lavalier Berry Patch -  8/12/09
Stuart LaValier started his berry patch over 30 years ago 5 miles south west of Grand Rapids. he has multiple types of strawberries, blueberries and the beginnings of apples?

Kristina Roettger of River Road Farm – 6/24/09
Maggie talked w Kristina about River Road Farm in general, plus their expanding community supported agriculture (CSA) and more.

Joe Reihle of Great River Gardens– 6/17/09
Great River Gardens is located on 82 acres along the Mississippi River north of Aitkin. Joe Reihle started the farm in1986. He told us about his operation, which includes 2 garden centers, sale of bedding plants and trees and shrubs, veggies, stalls at several local farmers’ markets, over 100 CSA (community supported agriculture) shares, u-pick and much more.

Jane Grimsbo Jewett and Sustainable Farming – 2/25/09
Jane Grimsbo Jewett is the third generation of her family to own the land that she farms in rural Palisade. She works for MISA (MN Institute for Sustainable Agriculture) and is the volunteer producer for KAXE’s local foods segment. As a program producer, she lets us know about people who farm in our area and helps us connect with them. Jane raises hogs, chickens (eggs) and beef in a sustainable manner on Willow Sedge Farm. In this interview she explains how she rotates pigs and other animals through a series of pens. The animals dig up the dirt, fertilize it, and break down hay that is spread on the ground. Jane follows the animals with gardens planted in the fertile soil. Jane sells pork, eggs and other farm products. If you are interested in purchasing local food from Jane, check out her website:

A talk with Ed Menefee about Bees and Honey – 11/5/08
We talked bees with Ed Menefee of the Bar Bell Bee Ranch in S. Lake. Ed’s bees live in northern Minnesota during the summer and spend part of the winter in California pollinating almond groves. You can find Bar Bell Bee honey in many area grocery stores. Learn more by listening to this interview with Ed.

Maggie talks with local Farmer Ben Clayton – added 10/1/08
If you live in Grand Rapids, you’ve probably seen Ben Clayton‘s truck parked in the K Mart lot on Hwy 169 South. Ben and his mom and grandmother sell sweet corn and other veggies from the truck every weekday during the summer. Ben’s an agronomy student at the University of MN Crookston. He tells us about how he got into farming and how he’s growing his vegetable business. (Special thanks to Jane Grimsbo Jewett for helping us produce this interview!)