Eller Family

Mille Lacs County
2012

The Eller Family Farm was established in 1947 by Richard and Fran Eller.  Daughter Barb returned to manage the farm in 1996 after retiring from the US Army.  The Ellers started direct marking beef in 2001, poultry for meat in 2002, and pork in 2005.  Today they farm organically, although not certified.  They also direct market grass-fed Hereford-Galloway-Shorthorn beef, Tamworth hogs, and free-range chickens and eggs.  The farm is 80 acres of combined open and wooded pastures and 130 acres of rented pasture and hayfields.  They also own and manage 60 acres of forested land for wildlife.  The Ellers believe in conservation stewardship and cooperate with their local Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Ellers are part owners of the Farm Market Café, LLC in Onamia, MN.  Farm Market Café sources local foods and feeds their neighbors and visitors to the area with made-from-scratch meals.  The Ellers also support the Onamia Area Farmers’ Market in Onamia and Isle and sell to the Mille Lacs Area Food Co-op.  Additionally, Barb is the volunteer coordinator for sales of local fruits and vegetables to the Mille Lacs Health System and the Onamia Public School.  The Ellers are also members of the Sustainable Farming Association, the Land Stewardship Project, the Farmers Union, and the Onamia Area Civic Association.

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