Gardening is hard work. Some people love to get their hands in the soil and enjoy the fruits of their labors all summer. Others, like me, prefer to have someone else do all the work for them. For our types, we have an incredible resource in Terripin Farms.

Terripin Farms recently opened their farm stand at 3729 North 36th Street in Quincy for the weekends in May. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. They’ll expand their hours for the summer months. Right now, the stand features more than 350 types of herbs, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, and veggie starts. That line will grow as the season moves on.

Terripin is a 4th generation vegetable farm based in Fowler. In addition to the Farm Stand in Quincy, they also have a Co-op, where you can subscribe for a summer-long supply of fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. Last year, memberships in the Co-op sold out. Terripin works with about 15 other produce farms to produce the crops in the Co-op.

Even if you haven’t purchased directly from Terripin Farms, you may have enjoyed their crops. The farm supplies several area restaurants with fresh produce. They also have an extensive herb selection, including cilantro, parsley, 12 types of mint, 11 types of basil, chives, four kinds of lavender, lemon grass, oregano, sage, dill, tarragon, marjoram, rosemary and more.

In 2016, Terripin Farms was able to build two tunnel greenhouses with the help of celebrity chef Rick Bayless. His Frontera Farmer Foundation supports small, sustainable farms in the Midwest.

Terripin Farms has evolved over the years to expand their business by offering special events, a sunflower maze, baked goods, and more. Our area is so fortunate to be home to this small business that puts fresh food on our tables.

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