154. Katherine Nietmann on Creating Consistent Sales with a Cold Climate Farm

Have you considered making your farm a versatile year-round operation?


We’re joined today by Katherine Nietmann of Moose Meadow Farm. Moose Meadow Farm is a CSA, grocery store, and winter online market based near Standpoint, Idaho. The goal of Moose Meadow is to make it easy for consumers to eat well every day, by providing the highest quality organic produce that’s squeaky clean, thoughtfully packaged, and conveniently delivered. Their systems are always evolving to be the most efficient and effective so that they’re able to produce more food on less space and with less effort, thereby providing customers a better service and allowing them to enjoy their chosen lifestyle more fully. They make sure to grow and sell the tastiest, healthiest, freshest produce money can buy all year long. Katherine is deeply passionate about their farming operation from the ground up, all while maintaining a clean and tidy farm that is welcoming and a pleasant place to work. Tune in today to hear how this thriving year-round farm stays on top of its operations!

In This Episode:

Why Katherine got started farming 1:17

What a typical week looks like on Moose Meadow Farm 4:53

About their sales strategies 7:23

What’s different about their production systems 11:08

What challenges Katherine and Spencer faced in the beginning phases of the farm 17:40

What they grow in their winter tunnels 19:38

What Katherine’s learned while year-round farming with a young child 22:45

Katherine’s favorite crop to grow 25:31

What tips Katherine has for people getting into farming 27:33

About the Guest:

Katherine and Spencer moved to Spencer’s family’s land in North Idaho in 2016, built a house and started Moose Meadow Farm.  They thought they might be a tractor-based farm selling year-round retail, but it turns out they don’t like tractors!  Instead they grow an acre of no-till vegetables and flowers for retail and wholesale and sell within a 100 mile radius of the farm, making sales of fresh (not storage) crops 52 weeks per year.

Resources:

Website – https://www.moosemeadoworganic.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/moosemeadoworganicfarm

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/moosemeadowfarm/

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