Acorn Ridge Farm

Wadena County

The Wiens purchased their land in 1972 and the farm began as a small horticultural and beef operation. Over the years the farming business grew, especially when Mel retired as research plot coordinator for the University of Minnesota.

The Wiens raise a vast array of vegetables, fruits, egg and poultry on their farm near Staples in central Minnesota. The farm has also been home to shorthorn beef cattle.

In addition to the farm, the Wiens operate a small Bed and Breakfast and Lorna leads quilting classes and hosts retreats on the farm.

Mel has been an early leader in creating Prairie Rivers Local Food Network in Central Minnesota. Acorn Farm’s produce is featured at Harvest Thyme Local Food Bistro in Wadena, Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls, Staples Farmers Market, Lakewood Health Farmers Market and the Whole Farm Co-op in Long Prairie.

Mel has been involved with a variety of community organizations over the years including the Jaycees and Lions Club. Lorna has been part of many organizations as well including the County Extension Committee, Wadena County Fair Board and their church council.

wadena, 2015

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