Midwest Karsnia Farm

Koochiching County
2019

Romeo and Marie Karsnia purchased the family farm in 1946. They farmed the land and raised a family of 12 children. The raised cows, pigs and chickens for food and raised and used horses for field work.  After all the children were married, Marie switched homes with her son Jerry and his wife, Martha. That is when Jerry and Martha started gardening and raising a few head of cattle.

Years later, the cattle were sold and gardening was the main farm operation. About ten years ago the Karsnias started selling vegetables to a local grocery store and soon their business grew. They began selling to customers who drive out to the farm for fresh produce including cucumbers, corn and cabbage.

Jerry handles much of the gardening including planting, tilling, picking and deliveries. Martha handles all the “behind the scenes” work since having her hip replaced. Both of their children, Andy and Anne, live out of state but love to garden.

Jerry and Martha enjoy sharing their bounty with others in their community. Over the years the Karsnias have donated produce to a variety of events including Harvest Suppers at St. Thomas Catholic Church and the Backus Community Fall Dinner. In the fall, many area children enjoy heading to the Karsnia farm for Halloween pumpkins.

 

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