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Posted 1/26/2015 3:15pm by Sally Reinitz.

Hello to all-

I am writing to let everyone know that we have made some changes to our farm and our website. There has been some updating and new pictures posted. Please continue to check out our site as I will be continuing to add new pictures and letting you all know what is happening here on the farm. Our CSA membership sign up will happen this week, and you will be able to sign up here on the web....or just give us a call.....or visit. 

Talk to you soon!


Posted 7/28/2014 10:06am by Joshua Reinitz.

Please read our most recent CSA member newsletter - it's a snapshot into what our crazy farm life is like!

2014 Week 4-5

Posted 6/21/2014 4:13pm by Joshua Reinitz.

Hi CSA Members and farm customers,  

We thought you might be wondering about our farm after all of this rain.  Here's an update I wrote on facebook the other day.  surprisingly, the veggies are doing well despite the rain but other parts of our farm have been affected by wet fields and washout damage.  if you are on facebook, please check out our page to see some pictures of our woods and roads - in rough shape!

We wanted to let you know of an opportunity to buy whole frozen chickens!!!  we had 90 chickens butchered last Tuesday and they are in our freezers ready for sale now.  they average 5 pounds, and we are asking $2.99/lb for them.  they are not certified organic because we used non-organic feed.  these would be considered all natural chickens however, and they are excellent for roasting or cutting up.  We have another 100 birds going to butcher in Mid-july that are on pasture right now, so if you miss out this time around there will be more.

we will open our farm this coming Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3-6 for chicken sales. we have some other products for sale at this time such as maple syrup, eggs, and some produce.  these products aren't a part of the CSA share (which will be starting June 30).  please call us at (612) 756-3971 if you have questions or need directions to the farm.  you can also reserve a number of birds ahead of time. 

From facebook:

You have probably heard Henderson on the news in recent days due to the flooding and road damage. Fortunately, our fields are on the bluff above the river and are sloped such that we don't get standing water.

Our vegetable crops are doing well for the most part, except for our sweet corn which had terrible germination in the wet soil, and a few beds of radishes and arugula that were half washed away. There's time to replant those crops when the ground dries out.

Our first cutting of alfalfa sat through all of that rain in windrows and is now leached of most nutrients. it was about three hours from being dry last friday when it started raining, but we'll still bale it when it dries out and it will be decent feed/bedding for our steers this winter.

Much like a major blizzard in the winter, this type of event simply shuts us down for a few days. Our emotions are taxed, our bodies are tired, and we just have to take a few days off to take it all in. I am very sad for those whose houses were damaged, and I'm bummed that some of my favorite spots in the woods have been washed away.

Nature rules, like it or not! I have seen enough floods around here in my 35 years that I don't get too shaken up about it, and all we can do as farmers is adapt and accept what comes our way!


take care,

Josh and Sally

East Henderson Farm

Posted 1/14/2014 11:27am by Sally Reinitz.

So it is 2014 and my new years resolution is to manage this site better....so hopefully you will start seeing some changes....new pictures and information.....more blogging.....I am looking forward to starting the new growing season. Talk to you all soon!

Happy New Year

Posted 5/13/2013 8:45am by Joshua Reinitz.

Hi Everyone!!  

First of all, we want to thank you for choosing us for your CSA share this year.  We are happy to announce we are sold out for 2013.  We ended up with 24 full shares and 48 half shares.  We have met our goal this year of having a majority of members picking up on the farm, and we are so excited to meet all of you!  We are also growing food this year for two food coops, a couple of restaurants, the Emergency Foodshelf Network, the Henderson Farmers Market, and Twin Cities Local Food.  We were FINALLY able to take the tractor out yesterday and work some ground and are officially into planting seson!


We're excited today because we get to put our first vegetables in the ground.  It's quite late as we usually begin planting in late April.  Now we'll be planting Radishes and Peas at the same time as Tomatoes?!  At this point it's not too late to plant anything, so I'm not worried about crops not working out.  In fact, the late planting is advantageous in some ways, as we won't have to worry about a late frost taking out early planted crops, and the weeds won't be as bad in our small-seeded crops like carrots and spinach.


We will definitlely have to start the CSA boxes later than expected this year.  We were hoping to begin the CSA the second week of June, but we won't have much ready then besides a few small radishes and baby lettuce.  At this point it looks like we'll have to start the last week of June.  For those with early season shares, we'll start your share the first week of June (we have our high tunnel planted already for you)  The season will still run for 18 weeks, we just have to start later.  Please watch your e-mail as June approaches for an exact start date and pickup details. 


We need help!!  Because we're beginning to plant a full three weeks later than normal, we have A LOT to  do to get cauht up.  I know some of you have expressed interest in Work Shares (working off a portion of your share cost) and we could really use your help the next two weeks.  A full work share is an 80 hour commitment, and a half share is about 40 hours.  You would work about 4 hours a week starting now and throughout the growing season.  Or, if you don't want to do a work share but want to come out once or twice to get your hands dirty and help grow your own food, we would love to have you for a few hours.  It's truly a great way to get involved in your local food system!

This week and next we'll be working 9-12 am, and 1-5 pm.  If you can make it, please call me at (612) 756-3971 or e-mail josh@easthendersonfarm.com.  If you want to work all day, we'll feed you lunch.  Anyone who comes out is welcome to take home some eggs, radishes, Asparagus, herbs, or salad mix for your time.  

Please follow us on Facebook if you haven't already, we post a lot of photos as we're doing farm work.  


Thank you all for your support, and we hope to see some of you soon out here for planting!


Posted 3/18/2013 3:08pm by Sally.

Posted 1/13/2013 12:20pm by Joshua Reinitz.

It's that time again! Time to sign up for the 2013 season from East Henderson Farm.  We are making a few changes to our farm this year, like adding a U-pick garden for members and an early season share option.  Our on-farm pickup this year will be farmers market style, where you will pack your own share from bins and baskets of produce in our pack shed based on a list on our share board.  We will pre-pack shares and deliver to drops sites in Minneapolis, Belle Plaine, and St. Peter.

Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:


We look forward to having you this season.

Your friends at,
East Henderson Farm

Posted 12/30/2012 11:42am by Joshua Reinitz.

Dear CSA members and Farm customers –

First of all, happy holidays, and we want to thank you so much for joining our farm this past year!  It’s been a while since we’ve communicated with you, mostly because we’ve been so busy with our newborn baby.  We had a baby boy on December 5th, and named him Sam.  The last part of the CSA season and late fall was a time for preparing our house and getting ready.  Now we’re adjusting to having a newborn in the house along with our two older (and VERY active) boys Henry and Miles. 

We are making some changes to our farm for 2013 we wanted to let you know about.  We have thought long and hard about how to design our CSA for the next couple of years in a way that best accommodates our new family member.  We have chosen to “slow down” a bit for the next few years. 

2013 will be our 5th year of growing vegetables at a commercial scale.  We have spent the last four years growing our business, investing in equipment and facilities, and learning how to grow a diversity of crops in our challenging Minnesota climate.  We are settled into farming as a life-long career and are excited to continue to grow a unique, diverse, and sustainable farm business that meets the needs of our community. 

We feel very strongly that the CSA movement has grown to the point where there are an abundance of farms serving the Twin Cities area, and rural communities are being underserved.  We had to turn away members in our hometown last year because we sold out too quickly and we didn’t feel good about that. To fulfill our core value of providing local foods to as many people as possible around our farm, we have decided to become a “local CSA" next year.  This means the core of our customers are people within 30 miles of our farm who pick up at the farm or in surrounding communities, or those who live farther away but want a weekly on-farm experience to enjoy the countryside and know where their food is grown.  To our members in the Twin cities - we will not be delivering the CSA shares ourselves next year, but please read on because we do have some ideas about delivery...

So what does this mean for next year???

First, we have decided to offer a greater diversity of crops and varieties than we did in 2012.  We would like to improve our cooking and salad greens production so there is a consistent supply of those all season long.  We would like to grow way more root crops next year, like beets and carrots, and add rutabagas and parsnips.  We want to increase our winter squash varieties, and add sweet corn and jack-o-lanterns to our crop mix.  We have already planted 7 varieties of garlic for next year, hoping to prevent the disease that wiped out our 2012 garlic crop.  Also, we have signed a contract to rent a strawberry patch at a neighbor’s house!!  This will allow us to add strawberries to the CSA next year while we establish our own crop here.

Second, we have had a goal for a few years of establishing orchards on our farm so we can offer fruits like raspberries, grapes, plums, apples, currants, cherries and pears in the future.  These will take 5-6 years to establish, but we are going to start planting in 2013.  We are still dabbling in beekeeping, and we would like to start growing some edible mushrooms like shiitakes and oysters (we have the perfect farm for mushrooms).  We will continue to partner with other farms for fruit in the time being, primarily the apple orchard at the Minnesota New Country School.  We are planning on raising some meat chickens again, and we will be trying hogs for the first time next year!  And we hope to put our team of oxen, Buddy and Gozer, to work as soon as winter begins to fade.

We have sold egg shares the past few years as a CSA add-on.  We love raising chickens for eggs, but have found it difficult to maintain production year-round, especially with the heat waves and drought we’ve had the past two summers.  The hens stopped laying eggs in those conditions around late summer and we have been unable to fulfill egg shares all season.  So, we have reduced our laying flock to 25 hens (from 175) and will not be offering egg shares next year.  Eggs will still be available for purchase on the farm, and may show up in CSA boxes if we have a surplus, but we won’t be selling a guaranteed amount with the CSA. 

We want to describe how our CSA will look next year.  We will be offering on-farm pickup as our primary pickup option.  We will be offering a farmer’s market style CSA, where you will come and pick your produce from bins and baskets inside our pack shed, rather than pulling a box from the cooler.  We started out like this our first two years but had gotten away from it as we increased our business towards a more delivery-based system.  We love having people come out to the farm and we want to make it a more enjoyable and inviting place to be.  The farmer’s market style pickup will achieve that, and we will be around to answer questions, chat, and talk about recipes rather than being busy in the fields when you pick up.  We will also be growing a U-pick field of veggies, herbs, and flowers for members.  We have tried this a little bit in the past, but we are going to make this a high priority and a core part of our CSA from now on.  We believe this will make your CSA pick up a valuable part of your week and will define our farm as the place to be for local organic eaters!

We understand not everyone can make it to the farm, so we will still offer pickup in St. Peter and Belle Plaine.  We are lucky to have found pickup hosts in each of those communities who offer help and advice when you pick up your produce.  We are open to new pickup locations too, particularly in Le Sueur and New Prague.  Please let us know if you want to host next year.

We have fantastic and loyal members in the Metro area and would like to continue to serve you.  But we are not going to be delivering to the Twin Cities next year due to our new family situation.  However, we want to discuss with interested folks a member-initiated delivery system.  One scenario is where metro area members pick up boxes at the farm and deliver to pick up sites so the farmer can focus on growing the food.  The members share the responsibility so each member may only have to drive to the farm once or twice a season.  We would love to see that happen so we can continue to serve the twin cities as we have in the past.

We will be sending out another e-mail very soon that will be an invitation to join for 2013 and will include a link to our signup page.  We hope you will join us again – it’s a new direction for us, and we are excited to offer a more locally focused, diverse, and high quality CSA.


Happy New Year!

Josh, Sally, and the boys

East Henderson Farm

Posted 12/30/2012 10:28am by Joshua Reinitz.

We have been nearly as busy this winter as we were during the summer growing season, most of all because of this little guy:



Meet Samuel Howard Reinitz, our little guy born on December 5th.  We now have three boys which makes for a very exciting and wild house sometimes.


Sally has been staying home with baby Sam, while Josh has been working for a contractor full-time, working mostly on farms building new buildings and repairing old ones.   But he has found time to start a project at home, enclosing our front porch so we have a heated space to put our boots, coats, shoes, and firewood.  A "mud room" is a necessary addition to our house.  Here's Josh with one of the walls:


  We heat our house with wood, so a big job now is gathering firewood and splitting it for our woodstove.  We are fortunate to have 25 acres of wooded ravines, which provide a supply of firewood much greater than we can use in a given year.  We only cut trees that are dead or dying of disease, or those that have fallen down in windstorms.  It is a very sustainalbe way for us to use a resource on our farm. 


 But most of all, we are enjoying a very beautiful time of year.   Yes it's cold, but that doesn't stop us from getting outside as often as we can.  We love nature and the outdoors all months of the year, and on most days all we need is proper clothing and it is comfortable to be out and about.  We'll leave you with a few scenic shots of the farm as we close out 2012

Posted 10/15/2012 8:08am by Joshua Reinitz.

Hi everyone,


2012 CSA week 18

This is the final week of our CSA season.  Thank you all so much for joining and supporting our farm!


Please return your boxes to your drop site within 1 week so we can get them back for re-use next year.  Also, we are looking forward to another CSA season next year so please let us know if you want to join - we keep a list for next year and you'll get first dibs when sign-up begins in late winter.  As we begin planning our crops for next year we would like some input and if you want to participate we'd love to year what we can grow for you.

Once again, thank you and have a great fall and winter!

Josh & Sally

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