US: Farming in the heartland at Hilltop Greenhouse

Taking a drive through south central Minnesota, the farms seem to spread out for miles. Many beautiful acres of corn and soybeans in neat GPS rows. Did you ever wonder where all the small farms have gone? Drive a little ways to the little town of Hollandale, known for years as a garden for potatoes and onions. There, just 2.1 miles north of town, you will find a unique small family farm. You may even be surprised at what you'll find.

Hilltop Greenhouse and Farm has been dedicated to delivering its customers the best quality plants and vegetables for over 25 years. Glenn, Gretchen, and their three daughters began with one small greenhouse to start vegetable transplants for the field; we have grown into a full-service Garden Center and source for local, homegrown farm fresh vegetables. Our greenhouses and fresh vegetable production expanded as word of the selection, quality, and knowledgeable customer service spread.

Greenhouse sales include many varieties of annuals for sun and shade, perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, seed, and seed potato and onion sets, as well as some small fruits. Don't just think of regular varieties – Hilltop Greenhouse and Farm is known for its great selection and hard-to-find plants. Over 25 varieties of tomatoes and more than 30 varieties of petunias are just an example of what you will see. A delight to your senses! The hanging baskets combinations are outstanding. That is the reason both the City of Albert Lea and the City of Austin rely on Hilltop Greenhouse and Farm to grow the City Baskets and the plants that grace the downtown area.

What is a small family farm without vegetables? That's exactly what Hilltop Greenhouse and Farm grows. Not only do they grow them, but they will also deliver them to a location near you. Veggie Club is a weekly subscription to a season's worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. Veggie Club members enjoy the quality of fresh produce each week while supporting their local farmers. All produce is garden field grown. This means hands-on work- planting, weeding, harvesting, cleaning— is done by hand. There are many long hours, but the taste and freshness can't be beaten. One Veggie Club member stated, "The boxes of produce have been amazing! Such a variety of beautiful, fresh, and clean veggies...YUM!'


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